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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 [email protected] with questions.



Tours Offered

On March 15, 2018, Crystal Bridges will unveil a newly imagined redesign and installation of our Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Art Galleries. The new installation will provide fresh insights and tell new stories surrounding the early eras in American art. Along with many familiar favorites from our collection, the reconfigured galleries will include objects on loan from other institutions—such as furniture, folk art, and Native American historical objects—and will also juxtapose historical works with contemporary artworks from the museum’s collection.

These galleries will be closed from January 9 through mid-March, 2018, while we implement this exciting change in the art experience at Crystal Bridges. To accommodate these exciting changes, some school tours will only be available after Spring Break. Please note the dates with each of the tours.


Special Exhibition Tours

 
 

Stuart Davis - Visa
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Dates offered: September 20-December 21

Stuart Davis (1892–1964) ranks as a preeminent figure in American modern art, with a career that stretched from the early twentieth century well into the early 1960s. Over the course of his 60-year career, Davis invented an artistic vocabulary of bold colors and strong forms, informed by his enthusiasm for jazz. Davis painted everyday American life and his work reflects changes in society during his lifespan. Through discussion and activity, students will interpret America’s dynamic and disruptive experiences through the lens of Davis’s art in an era that spanned from the debut of the automobile to the advent of space travel.
Recommended for grades 3–12
(Language arts, Social Studies, Speaking and Listening Skills)

Stuart Davis, Visa, 1951, Oil on canvas, 40 x 52 in., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of Mrs. Gertrud A.Mellon, 1953



Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.

Dates Offered: February 7-April 20

Spanning two decades, 1963-1983, Soul of a Nation examines how African American artists responded to a socially and politically turbulent time in recent American history. The exhibition explores the debate among Black artists about how they should relate to American society, what it meant to make and show art, who the audience for their work should be, and how their art related to the civil rights movement and other campaigns for empowerment.

Art work created by Smokehouse Associates, William T. Williams, Melvin Edwards, Guy Ciarcia and Billy Rose.
Photograph by Robert Colton, New York, NY; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.



Introductory Tours

Art and Innovation (March 26 - June 8)

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 (January 8 - June 8)

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 (January 8 - June 8)

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 (January 8 - June 8)

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 (January 8 - June 8)

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 (March 26 - June 8)

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 (March 26 - June 8)

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 (January 8 - June 8)

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 (March 26 - June 8)
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 (March 26 - June 8)

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 Group 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

(January 8 - June 8)
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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