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Walker School Tour Program

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Walker School Tour Program in-person (on hold until fall 2021) and virtual tours connect to Art, History, Science, Math, Social Justice Curriculum, and more!

Wanting your students to experience the wonder of the Crystal Bridges collection but can’t leave the classroom or learning environment? No problem, let our highly trained Museum Educators join your class remotely and guide your students through an engaging and educational conversation around four to five works of art in our collection. Virtual tours can engage students of all grade levels and abilities and best of all they are completely FREE!

Along with our Walker School Tour program, we offer After School Tours. This program facilitates art experiences for community groups and after-school programs.

Educators can select from our list of Walker School Programs tours. Fill out the form linked below and provide our educators with our organization’s information. We look forward to hosting you in person or online!

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Virtual School Tour Form

FAQ for educators

We offer a full menu of virtual tour options encompassing all subject areas and our special exhibitions.

Virtual tours are designed to meet curriculum standards and use the dialogical model, a process of student-centered exploration that is designed to deepen critical thinking and discussion skills. That process allows each virtual tour to be conducted at the appropriate level for the class while still promoting student growth.

Send questions about our Virtual School Field Trip Tours to School.Programs@CrystalBridges.org

Virtual Tours for college students, too!

Virtual tours are available for college and university students. These tour curriculums are catered to older audiences, allowing for collegiate levels of critical thinking about art, history, science, math, and more. For questions about Virtual College tours please email College.Tours@CrystalBridges.org

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Introductory Tours

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Art and Innovation
Art is always changing thanks to the new ideas of bold, creative, and daring artists. In this tour, students will look at the ways in which some artists break away from the past and bring innovation to the art world. Through active looking and discussion, students will discover how works of art can lead us to look at and interpret the world in new ways.
Recommended for: Grades 6-12

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

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

Custom Tours (3 weeks lead time)
Do you have a curriculum unit you’d like to expand with artworks? Whether you want to explore language arts, social studies, math, science, history, literature, or any other topic through art, we will work with you to customize a tour for your students. We can get as specific as thematically linking artworks to a book your students are reading, or we can elaborate on a historical movement, theme, or era. Give us at least three weeks to communicate with you, research, and write the tour for an experience created specifically for you. Applies for middle school, junior high, and high school.
Recommended for: Grades 3-12

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Artistic Process Tours

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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

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

In the Round in the Forest
Sculptures demand that we engage with them; we must walk around them, walk under them, look at them from different points of view to absorb the artist’s work. Even more interesting, each of the works on this tour is located on the North Forest trail, so the sculptures interact with and are changed by the nature around them. Whether moved by breezes, changed by the movement of sunlight and cloud, or surprising in size, all four works on the tour challenge preconceptions about what sculpture is or can be.
Recommended for: Grades 3-12

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American History Tours

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American Exploration
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

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

African American History
Explore the African American experience through a tour of a selection of works of art created by African American artists. This tour allows students to understand, appreciate, and celebrate African American history by exploring art that directly touches on themes and content related to the lives of African American people throughout the history of the United States.
Recommended for: Grades 3-12

Native North American Art
Native North American art is extraordinarily rich and diverse. Today, Native artists work in a broad range of media with conceptual and expressive styles. Our Native North American Art Tour examines lesser-known aspects of Native North American art history through artworks from the Crystal Bridges collection. The tour will focus on analysis, interpretation, and critique of Native North American artworks, providing a foundation and common vocabulary to promote intellectual and cultural growth through exploration and discussion.
Recommended for: Grades 3-12

Latino/Hispanic Tour
This tour explores the Latino American experience in the US from the colonial period to the present. By examining artworks by Latinx artists or works that touch on the theme of Latinx history and heritage in the Crystal Bridges collection, students will understand how art can illustrate, enhance and challenge the complex, rich history of the Latinx community.
Recommended for: Grades 7-12

Celebrating Women Artists
Women’s voices have always been a catalyst for positive change in America. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has built a rich collection of female artistic works spanning centuries. On this tour, students will explore the voices of women in art and how their works have confronted various social and political issues, helping to change society for all people.
Recommended for: Grades 3-12

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STEAM Tours

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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

Art and Math
What do art and math have in common? More than we may think. The world is full of relationships, rhythms, correlations, and concepts that both artists and mathematicians have strived to express since the beginning of time. On this tour, students will view four works of art and through discussion and activity, explore the mathematical concepts illustrated in each.
Recommended for: Grades 3-12

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright
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

Virtual Community Youth Group Tours

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Crystal Bridges’ Virtual Community Youth Group Tours provide an engaging and educational conversation around four to five works of art in our collection for youth participating in community based programs such as after-school centers, camps, or clubs. Our Museum Educators can work with your group to develop a virtual tour that best suits your needs. If you are a community youth group leader, and would like to schedule a virtual tour, please complete the following form.

Virtual Community Youth Group Tour Form

Virtual College Group Tours

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Virtual tours are available for college and university students as well! These tour curriculums are also catered to older audiences, allowing for collegiate levels of critical thinking about art, history, science, math, and more. If you are a college or university student group, and would like to schedule a virtual tour, please complete the following form.

Virtual College Group Tours form

Sponsored by:

Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc

Cardinal Four Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive Company, and Kimberly-Clark