Guided PreK-12 School Tours
School tours are designed for PreK-12 students and emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and language skills. Tour Guides prompt students with questions and conversations by looking at original works of art.
Guided school tours include one hour of guided discussion in the galleries with a one hour hands-on art activity, but may be shortened to meet the needs and age of your students. For grades Pre-K through 1, a 90-minute experience is strongly recommended. Guided school tours can accommodate 10 – 80 students. Advance registration is required. Please submit your tour request at least three weeks in advance.
Cost: $7 per student ($5 per student at scholarship rate).
Guided Tours for 2017-2018 School Year
American Still-Life Painting
Available through January 7, 2018
Students explore the longstanding tradition of American still-life painting with artworks from the early 19th century to present day. Discover how this artistic style has evolved over time and find new meaning in common objects.
Zhi LIN: In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads
Available through February 18, 2018
Artist Zhi LIN honors and remembers the Chinese laborers of the 19th century who built the rail lines throughout the western US, including Tacoma. Students build empathy and understanding for these migrant and immigrant laborers through discussions, activities, and reflection that investigate this overlooked yet vital history. 60 students max, 3rd -12th grade.
Western American Art
Starts February 17, 2018
Saddle up for a tour of the Haub Collection of Western American Art. Hear about the people, landscapes, and mythologies that have inspired and intrigued artists from near and far.
Northwest Art and Artists
This tour encourages students to understand how the unique qualities of our region can influence the artwork produced here. Explore why glass art is so prevalent here, how our climate and geography influence artists, and other qualities that help to define the cannon of Northwest art.
How Artists Create
How do artists use color, shape, form, texture, and line to create works of art? Through their own observations, students learn about the design choices that all artists make and why those choices are important.
Through close looking and interactive discussions about artworks, students investigate how artists tell captivating stories. Explore the elements of a story, make meaning from works of art, and find inspiration to tell your own imaginative stories through art-making.
Questions? Please email us at Tours@TacomaArtMuseum.org or call 253-722-2460.
Lesson plans and background information are provided for select guided tour themes to help educators prepare students for their museum visit and to integrate the museum experience into the classroom curriculum.
TAM Exhibitions & Collections
School Group Tours are generously supported by
US Bancorp Foundation, The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation,
Wheeler Charitable Trust, and William Kilworth Foundation.