Guided PreK-12 School Tours

2016-2017 School Year

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 up to 80 students. Advance registration is required. Please schedule your tour at least three weeks in advance via TAM’s online scheduling system.

For info on the school tour cancellation policy click here.

Cost: $7 per student ($5 per student at scholarship rate). A minimum of 10 participants required.

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Guided School Tours

Exploring the American West

What is “West” about the Pacific Northwest? Many of the characteristics that define our region have origins in the broader story of the American West. Consider how artists have shaped images and concepts of the West, and how those ideas have changed over time.

Seeing Stories

Through close looking and interactive discussions about works of art, students investigate how artists tell captivating stories through their work. Explore the elements of a story—setting, characters, and plot—make meaning with works of art, and find inspiration to tell your own imaginative stories.

How Artists Create

How do artists use color, shape, form, texture, and line to create works of art? Based on their own observations, students will learn about the choices that all artists make and why those choices are important.

Playing with Fire

Glass – it’s a solid and a liquid. It’s incredibly strong and quite fragile. Journey through the museum’s collection of works by internationally recognized artists – including an entire gallery dedicated to Dale Chihuly! Learn about the unique properties and techniques artists use to create with this amazing material.


Educator Materials

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.

School Group Tours are Generously Supported by:

US Bancorp Foundation, The Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation, Wheeler Charitable Trust, and William Kilworth Foundation.

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