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Tours Connect to Art, History, Science & Math Curriculum, and More!

Bring your students on a field trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and discover how visiting the art galleries or the trails can engage students of all grade levels and abilities. While your students are enjoying art, architecture, or nature, significant learning is taking place--a study conducted on our school field trip program proves it!

To ensure that every student gets to experience a visit to Crystal Bridges, our School Field Trip program is FREE! 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.

The museum’s art galleries, special exhibitions, building, and grounds can all be toured (see the full listing below). 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 tour to be conducted at the appropriate level for the class while still promoting student growth.

Field Trips for College Students, too!

School field trips are available for college and university students as well! Tour curriculums are also catered to older audiences, allowing for collegiate levels of critical thinking about art, history, science, math, and more. Contact us for more information on guided or self-guided experiences. Please note that while we highly encourage college visits, the school field trip reimbursement does not apply to college field trips.


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.

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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.



Tours Offered

Nature's Nation

Dates Offered: May 29 - September 9, 2019

The tour for Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment will be a fun look at how American artists have used their work to shape understanding of the environment and explore the theme of sustainability. Students will explore the special exhibition and focus on four works that share strong messages of sustainability. They will also have the opportunity to participate in engaging activities to aid in their learning about their relationship with the environment.

Alexandre Hogue, Crucified Land (detail), 1939, oil on can vas. Gift of Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955 Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Oklahoma. © Estate of Alexandre Hogue.

 


Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today

Dates Offered: October 16 - December 20, 2019
Exh Abramovic Marina

Today high-quality quartz crystals are mined from the mountains and caverns of Arkansas. On this tour, we will discuss the geographic relevance of crystals in Arkansas, and the long and storied history of how this iridescent, enigmatic material has captivated the imagination of artists and innovators across time and from around the world.

Recommended for grades 3 - 12

Marina Abramovic, Dozing Consciousness, 1997, Performance for video, Amsterdam. © Marina Abramovic´ Courtesy of the Marina Abramovic´ Archives.

Introductory Tours

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

6th Grade

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2
Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

CN.11.6.1
Investigate the manner in which art and the public’s response to it reflect changing times, traditions, resources, and cultures

7th Grade

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2
Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.

CN.11.7.1
Analyze the manner in which responses to art reflect changing times, traditions, resources, and cultures

8th Grade

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

CN.11.8.1
Evaluate the manner in which responses to art reflect changing times, traditions, resources, and cultures

9th-10th Grade

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.

11th-12th Grade

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

Arkansas Fine Arts:

Visual Art I

R.7.VAI.1
Describe aspects of works of art · perceptual influence · understanding of human experiences

CN.11.VAI.3
Describe social and global impacts of art (e.g., self, gender, family, community, history, culture environments, visual cultures)

Visual Art II

R.7.VAII.1
Discuss aspects of works of art · perceptual influence · understanding of human experiences · aesthetic characteristics

CN.11.VAII.3
Discuss social and global impacts of art (e.g., self, gender, family, community, history, culture environments, visual cultures)

Visual Art III

R.7.VAIII.1
Develop responses to aspects of works of art · perceptual influence · understanding of human experiences · aesthetic characteristics · natural and constructed environments

CN.11.VAIII.3
Compare social and global impacts of art (e.g., self, gender, family, community, history, culture environments, visual cultures)

Visual Art IV

R.7.VAIV.1
Analyze responses developed over time to aspects of works of art · perceptual influence · understanding of human experiences · aesthetic characteristics · natural and constructed environments

CN.11.VAIV.3
Defend social and global impacts of art (e.g., self, gender, family, community, history, culture environments, visual cultures)

Art History Baroque to Postmodern

R.2.AHBP.1
Describe themes (e.g., universal, societal, individual) that appear in works of art

Studio Art 2-D

CR.2.SA2.6
Conduct research to inform and/or support artistic vision (e.g., historical and biographical studies, on-site documentations, interviews, artistic styles, literary sources, museums, galleries)

R.7.SA2.1
Discuss various influences (e.g., context, human experiences, aesthetic characteristics, environments) reflected in two-dimensional art

R.8.SA2.1
Interpret the artist’s intent and meaning in two-dimensional student artwork(s) and works of art in terms of history, culture, and aesthetics

Studio Art 3-D

CR.2.SA3.6
Conduct research to inform and/or support artistic vision (e.g., historical and biographical studies, on-site documentations, interviews, artistic styles, literary sources, museums, galleries)

R.8.SA3.1
Interpret the artist’s intent and meaning in three-dimensional student artwork(s) and works of art in terms of history, culture, and aesthetics

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

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

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

In the Round in the Forest (August. 14 – November 20, 2019)
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

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

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

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 American History
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

Women in Art
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

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

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

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art of Architecture
(August 14 - November 15)

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


Community Youth Tours

Crystal Bridges’ Community Youth Group Tours provide interactive gallery programs with an option for a hands-on activity 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 program that best suits your needs.

Please review museum guidelines prior coming to Crystal Bridges.

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.

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.

Reimbursement

If you have any questions, email [email protected]

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

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