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RISD
MUSEUM

Guided Visits


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Guided visits engage students in object-based lessons, to support the development of visual literacy skills and an appreciation for works of art.

Students in grades K-12 learn to look carefully at works of art and articulate their ideas about them. These facilitated engagements provide vital support to many curricular areas, including history, literature, science, and math—while building skills related to observation, analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and creative interpretation. Our programs also support state and national standards for historical perspectives, social studies, English language arts, and the visual arts.


One-Part Visits

Museum educators and Docents lead theme-based one-hour visits. During a visit, students explore a selection of objects through discussion, writing, drawing, or small-group work in the galleries. Please select from the following themes. A conversation with a Museum Educator about your curricular needs and interests can also help determine the best structure and content. Some groups choose to supplement their guided tour with a self-guided visit. Your museum experience can also extend to the classroom with lesson plans and activities. For information about fees and to book your visit, please see admission and tours.

Learning to Look: Highlights from the Collection Examine the basic elements of art through this introduction to significant works from the Museum’s collection, including objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and art of all periods from Asia, Europe, and the Americas - up to the latest contemporary works. Recommended as an introduction to museums and the concepts of shape, line, color, texture, and material. Recommended for all grades.
Picturing Stories Explore paintings that tell stories and relate to historical and literary narratives. Recommended for students studying storytelling, narrative, character, and mood. Recommended for grades K-3.
Places Real & Imagined Nature and the environment have long been sources of inspiration for artists. Discover the different ways in which artists represent places - whether the city, the country, or imaginary lands. Recommended for students studying landscapes or cityscapes, communities, contemporary environments, architecture and planning, environmental issues, and other related topics. Recommended for grades K-3.
Peasants, Presidents & Pioneers Explore the decisions an artist makes in representing people. Recommended for students studying portraiture, memoir and biography, character, narrative, historical figures, and representations of leadership. Recommended for grades K-3.
Exploring America Explore American identity and experiences from the colonial period to the present, and make critical connections between significant events in U.S. history, American literature, and works of art and design. Consider experiences of, and encounters between, Native Americans and colonists, and investigate the impact of local and international trade, industry, and immigration. Recommended for classes studying Rhode Island and U.S. history, American literature, and the role of art in American society. Recommended for grades 3-12.
Art of Our Time What does it mean to be Modern or Contemporary? Through art and design of the past two centuries, examine how artists develop new means of expression and experimentation to respond to changes in society and the environment. Recommended for classes studying modern European, American, and world history, as well as art, urbanism, literature, authorship, and artistic innovation. Recommended for grades 3-12.
Gods & Heroes Explore the enduring significance of gods and heroes in ancient and modern times in cultures from around the world, including Egypt, India, Greece, Rome, China, and beyond. Learn about the use and significance of artifacts within their larger artistic, social, religious, and political contexts. Recommended for classes studying diverse civilizations and their history, geography, literature, and art. Recommended for grades 3-12.
Artists’ Ideas, Materials, and Process Consider the choices artists make to communicate their ideas, including subject matter, style, and media. Recommended for classes making art and studying artistic process and innovation. Lessons can focus on creative process, cultural context, communication, aesthetic judgment, and other themes articulated in the Visual Arts Grade Span Expectations (GSEs). Teachers may choose to introduce students to the skills, work experiences, and educational background for careers in the creative industries. Recommended for grades 3-12.

Multi-Part Visits

Dig the Museum: Building Cultural Connections links works of art to the classroom curriculum. Museum Educators visit the classroom for a preview session; students then visit the RISD Museum for a tour that builds on classroom learning.

Busing and admission for Providence Public Schools is provided for and arranged by the Museum. Multi-part programs are also available to private schools and schools outside Providence. Cost for the Museum visit and classroom preview session is $10 per student. Schools are responsible for their own transportation. To learn more or schedule a session, please contact School & Teacher Programs (401 454 6546).

Exploring America Explore American identity and experiences from the colonial period to the present, and make critical connections between significant events in U.S. history, American literature, and works of art and design. Consider experiences of, and encounters between, Native Americans and colonists, and investigate the impact of local and international trade, industry, and immigration. Recommended for classes studying Rhode Island and U.S. history, American literature, and the role of art in American society.
Think Like an Archeologist Discover what objects reveal about the societies that made them. Learn about the skills of the archaeologist by examining art and artifacts from Egypt, Etruria, Greece, Rome, China, and India. Recommended for classes studying archaeology and the history, customs, and cultural production of ancient civilizations.
Gods & Heroes Explore the enduring significance of gods and heroes in ancient and modern times in cultures from around the world, including Egypt, India, Greece, Rome, China, and beyond. Learn about the use and significance of artifacts within their larger artistic, social, religious, and political contexts. Recommended for classes studying diverse civilizations and their history, geography, literature, and art.
Art and Society Study works of art in relation to the social and political contexts in which they were created and received, and consider the strategies artists use to promote awareness, reflection, and change. Recommended for classes studying American and world history; social and political issues such as identity, current events, civics, and civil rights; and literature that deals with these subjects.
Artists’ Ideas, Materials, and Process Consider the choices artists make to communicate their ideas, including subject matter, style, and media. Recommended for classes making art and studying artistic process and innovation. Lessons can focus on creative process, cultural context, communication, aesthetic judgment, and other themes articulated in the Visual Arts Grade Span Expectations (GSEs). Teachers may choose to introduce students to the skills, work experiences, and educational background for careers in the creative industries.
Invention and Innovation How do objects solve problems? Explore design through the ages. Develop an understanding of how new forms, technologies, and processes have led to the creation of objects and ideas that have significantly shaped human experience. Consider chairs, vessels, garments, and tools—along with the materials, processes, and people who created them. Recommended for classes studying design, carpentry, visual art, physics, geometry and other forms of math.
Art and Literature Through discussion and writing, explore how works of art create character, mood, narrative, and drama. Investigate how artists interpret literary texts, and how works of art and texts relate to and enlighten each other. Recommended for classes that are studying literature and other types of texts and practicing skills related to writing, analysis, and self expression.