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and Receive Reimbursement for Transportation!

 

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers a variety of tours to engage students of all grade levels and abilities, and connect to classroom practice. In addition, we want to be sure that every student gets to experience a fieldtrip to Crystal Bridges. Thanks to the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, we can provide reimbursement for your bus and reimbursement for a substitute teacher.

The Museum’s collection encompasses 300 years of American art. Every school tour offered by Crystal Bridges reveals the unfolding story of America and inherently includes language arts, social studies, and visual arts standards. Crystal Bridges tours use the dialogical model, a process of student-centered exploration that is designed to deepen critical thinking and discussion skills. That process allows each tour to be conducted at the appropriate level for the class while still promoting student growth.

 


What is Provided with Your Guided Tour?

Thanks to the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit Program, Crystal Bridges will provide your students with a tour, goodie bag, and a healthy lunch for free! In addition, the program reimburses your school for costs associated with transportation and substitute teachers up to $250 per classroom.

*Please contact the Museum's School Programs office if, due to special circumstances, your transportation and substitute teacher invoices total more than $250 per classroom.

Learn More

Contact School.Programs@CrystalBridges.org with questions.



Tours Offered

Tours are organized by theme and connect to Common Core Anchor Standards.
Each tour is developed for a specific range of grades, but all tours can be adapted for your specific grade level and class as needed.
In addition to these tours, we can incorporate specific artworks* or subjects to meet the needs of your students.

*subject to those artworks being on view at the time of your visit


Special Exhibition Tours

Border CantosBorder Cantos

Dates offered: February 22 - April 24, 2017

Art often has the ability to bridge boundaries and encourage conversation about challenging subjects.

Border Cantos: Sight and Sound Explorations of the Mexican-American Border uses this unique power of art to explore the complex human issues around the US-Mexican border, as well as the larger human issues of taking risks and facing both literal and metaphorical boundaries.

Two artists worked together to create the exhibition. Richard Misrach, an American photographer, took pictures of border landscapes and objects left behind by migrants. Guillermo Galindo, a Mexican American artist and composer, used some of these objects to create sound-generating sculptures that can be played like instruments. Their common goal was to humanize the artifacts from the border.

Surrounded by Misrach’s images and Galindo’s mixed media sculptures, as well as the artworks’ haunting music, students will be encouraged to think in new ways about issues surrounding the borderlands and to engage in conversations about the kinds of boundaries people face every day, the challenges presented to a nation largely descended from immigrants, and our common human aspirations.

Recommended for grades 3–12
(Language arts, Social Studies, Speaking and Listening Skills)



Introductory Tours

Me and My Museum

This introductory tour, designed for young students, will explore what a museum is and what you can see and learn while on a visit. Students will interact with a variety of paintings and sculptures and learn how to make the Museum their own through conversation, movement, stories, and hands-on group activities.

Recommended for grades K-2

Kindergarten

Reading
RL.K.1, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, RL.K.10, RI.K.1, RI.K.3, RI.K.6, RI.K.7, RI.K.10

Speaking and Listening
SL.K.1, SL.K.1.A-C, SL.K.2, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.K.5, SL.K.6

Language
L.K.1, L.K.1.G, L.K.1.J, L.K.5, L.K.5.B, L.K.5.C, L.K.6


1st Grade

Reading
RL.1.1, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RL.1.10, RI.1.1, RI.1.6, RI.1.7

Speaking and Listening
SL.1.1, SL.1.1.A-C, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, SL.1.4, SL.1.5

Language
L.1.1, L.1.1.E, L.1.1.G, L.1.1.J, L.1.5, L.1.5.B, L.1.5.C, L.1.6


2nd Grade

Reading
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.7, RL.2.10, RI.2.1, RI.2.6, RI.2.7, RI.2.10

Speaking and Listening
SL.2.1, SL.2.1.A-C, SL.2.2, SL.2.3

Language
L.2.1, L.2.1.E, L.2.1.G, L.2.1.J, L.2.5, L.2.5.B, L.2.5.C, L.2.6

The Writing is on the Wall: Stories in Art

Every work of art has a story to tell. On this tour, students will learn how to “read” works of art in a museum. By gathering clues about character, plot, and setting in paintings and sculptures, students will work together to create their own unique narratives and bring works of art to life.

Recommended for grades 3-12

4th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.4.1, SL.4.1.B-D, SL.4.2, SL.4.4, SL.4.6

Writing
W.4.3, W.4.3A-B, W.4.3.D, W.4.4, W.4.5


5th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.5.1, SL.5.1.B-D, SL.5.4, SL.5.6

Writing
W.5.3, W.5.3.A-B, W.5.3.D, W.5.4, W.5.5


6th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.6.1, SL.6.1.C-D, SL.6.2, SL.6.6

Writing
W.6.3, W.6.3.A-B, W.6.3.D, W.6.4, W.6.5


7th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.7.1, SL.7.1.C-D, SL.7.2, SL.7.6

Writing
W.7.3, W.7.3.A-B, W.7.3, W.7.4, W.7.5


8th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.8.1, SL.8.1.C-D, SL.8.2, SL.8.6, W.8.3

Writing
W.8.3.A-B, W.8.4, W.8.5


9th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Writing
W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3.A-B, W.9-10.3.D, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


10th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Writing
W.9-10.3, W.9-10.3.A-B, W.9-10.3.D, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.4, W.9-10.5

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


11th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Writing
W.11-12.3, W.11-12.3.A-B, W.11-12.3.D, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


12th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Writing
W.11-12.3, W.11-12.3.A-B, W.11-12.3.D, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

Artistic Process Tours

Materials and Techniques

How do artists work with specific materials, and how do they create some of their effects? This tour uses hands-on props and activities to reveal techniques that artists use to achieve the results we see in their finished works of art.

Recommended for grades 9-12

9th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


10th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


11th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


12th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

In the Round

When artists design three-dimensional works of art that step into our space, we interact with them in ways that are different from the ways we interact with two-dimensional paintings. This tour will examine different ways of exploring a variety of sculptural works, including writing, sketching, movement, and conversation.

Recommended for grades 3-12

3rd Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.3.1, SL.3.1.B-D, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6


4th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.4.1, SL.4.1.B-D, SL.4.2, SL.4.4, SL.4.6


5th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.5.1, SL.5.1.B-D, SL.5.4, SL.5.6


6th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.6.1, SL.6.1.C-D, SL.6.2, SL.6.6


7th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.7.1, SL.7.1.C-D, SL.7.2, SL.7.6


8th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.8.1, SL.8.1.C-D, SL.8.2, SL.8.6,


9th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


10th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


11th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


12th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

American History Tours

The American Frontier

A frontier way of thinking has long inspired American artists and pioneers to seek new ways of understanding the unknown. On this tour, students will journey through American history to discover the American spirit of exploration and how that is reflected, both literally and abstractly, in works of art.

Recommended for grades 2-4

2nd Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.3.1, SL.3.1.B-D, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6


3rd Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.4.1, SL.4.1.B-D, SL.4.2, SL.4.4, SL.4.6


4th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.5.1, SL.5.1.B-D, SL.5.4, SL.5.6

Looking Back on America

Rather than creating works of art to record historic events, artists have shaped interpretations of history by adding their own perspectives. Students will become active participants in understanding the many interpretations of the past by analyzing works of art to uncover the artists’ viewpoint. Through conversation and writing, students will begin to form their own perspectives on history.

Recommended for grades 7-9

7th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.7.1, SL.7.1.C-D, SL.7.2, SL.7.6

History/Social Studies
WST.3.7.2, HS.6.7.1, ES.10.7.1


8th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.8.1, SL.8.1.C-D, SL.8.2, SL.8.6

History/Social Studies
Era4.1.8.1, ERa4.1.8.4, Era4.1.8.6, Era6.3.8.3, Era6.3.8.5, Era6.3.8.6


9th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.1-6


10th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.1-6


11th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.1-6


12th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.1-6

Perseverance

How do people persevere in times of struggle? How is this depicted in the visual arts? Students will study historic events and explore characters who persevered through challenging moments in American history.

Recommended for grades 5-8

5th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.5.1, SL.5.1.B-D, SL.5.4, SL.5.6

History/Social Studies
C.1.5.3, C.2.5.3, H.12.5.8, H.12.5.15


6th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.6.1, SL.6.1.C-D, SL.6.2, SL.6.6


7th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.7.1, SL.7.1.C-D, SL.7.2, SL.7.6

History/Social Studies
WST.4.7.1, HS.6.7.1


8th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.8.1, SL.8.1.C-D, SL.8.2, SL.8.6

History/Social Studies
Era4.1.8.1, Era4.1.8.4, Era4.1.8.6, Era5.2.8.3, Era5.2.8.5


9th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.4


10th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.4


11th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.4


12th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3

History/Social Studies
Era8.4.USH.4

STEAM Tours

Art and Science
Throughout history, artists and scientists have shared a passion for discovery and innovation. Students on this tour will practice scientific thinking to develop connections between science and visual art. Through discussions of the subject matter of works of art, as well as artists’ materials and processes, students will gain understanding of the visual effects we see in painting and sculpture and how they were achieved.

Recommended for grades 3-8

3rd Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.3.1, SL.3.1.B-D, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.3.6


4th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.4.1, SL.4.1.B-D, SL.4.2, SL.4.4, SL.4.6


5th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.5.1, SL.5.1.B-D, SL.5.4, SL.5.6


6th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.6.1, SL.6.1.C-D, SL.6.2, SL.6.6


7th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.7.1, SL.7.1.C-D, SL.7.2, SL.7.6


8th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.8.1, SL.8.1.C-D, SL.8.2, SL.8.6

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art of Architecture

This outdoor tour will explore the trails and grounds of Crystal Bridges to consider the built environment in relationship to the natural world. Students will discover and reflect on some of the choices that humans have made in an attempt to live in harmony with nature.

Note: This tour explores the exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, but does not include entrance to the house.

Recommended for grades 8-12

9th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.1.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


10th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.9-10.1, SL.9-10.C-D, SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


11th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


12th Grade

Speaking and Listening
SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.1.C-D, SL.11-12.2, SL.11-12.6

Visual Arts
R.1.VAA.1-4, R.2.VAA.1-2, CN.3.VAA.1-3


Detective’s Delight tour

In our Detective’s Delight tour, we explore the most mysterious artworks of the Crystal Bridges collection. We may not be able to solve all the questions an artwork can hold, but as careful observers and thinkers, we can work together to dive deeper into the hidden corners and ideas of puzzling paintings. Bring your keen eye, your imagination, and your inquisitive thinking to enjoy this tour of the strange and unusual at Crystal Bridges.

Please review museum guidelines prior coming to Crystal Bridges.

Community Youth Group Tours

Self Guided Tours

Custom Self-Guided tours give you the ability to create a tour specifically for your class’s needs. You will have the opportunity to work with a Museum Educator to choose objects and help you craft questions that will encourage deeper looking and conversation. Custom Self-Guided tours occur when the Museum is open to the public, and school groups must be with a chaperone in the galleries. The program reimburses your school for costs associated with transportation and substitute teachers up to $250 per classroom. Self guided tours do not include lunch.

Please review museum guidelines prior coming to Crystal Bridges.

Self-Guided Tours

College Group Tours

If you are a college or university student group, and would like to schedule either a self-guided or guided visit, please complete the following form.

College Tours Form




Reimbursement Process

The Willard and Pat Walker School Visit Program provides your students with a school tour, goodie bag, and a healthy lunch. In addition, the program reimburses your school for costs associated with transportation and substitute teachers up to $250 per classroom.   *Please download the Reimbursement Form and follow the procedures specified to receive your reimbursement.

If you have any questions, email School.Programs@CrystalBridges.org

*please contact school programs if due to special circumstances your transportation and/or substitute teacher invoices total more than $250 per classroom.



How Can I Prepare My Students?

Crystal Bridges produced a short video that will help to prepare your students for their school visit.

This video provides them with some insight to the history of Crystal Bridges, fun and informative facts, and museum etiquette 101.

Our museum was the subject of a 2012 study that demonstrated the benefits to students of a museum field trip, which included significant increases in knowledge acquisition, critical thinking, tolerance, and historical empathy.

Click here to learn more about this groundbreaking study.