School Tours

Virtual School Tours and Workshops

CMA offers live, virtual experiences for groups to think critically and creatively by looking at and making art. Museum educators meet with groups of up to 20 students, on CMA’s Zoom platform or the classroom’s platform. All sessions are 40 minutes long unless otherwise arranged with teacher.

Thinking with Art (3rd grade and older, up to 20 students)

Purpose: Foster critical and creative thinking, particularly observation, imagination, and reasoning with evidence.

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This experience is a virtual adaptation of our in-gallery field trip tour. In this research-based, interactive session, a museum educator shares screen and leads students through the Observe, Describe, Interpret, Point to Evidence (ODIP) process for looking at art (click here to get your free ODIP Guide). Students will discuss 3-5 artworks.

Teacher may request one of the following focus areas.

  • Collection Highlights
  • Art & Social Issues
  • Spotlight on Aminah

Optional extensions (no additional cost or time)

  • Art & Poetry Students will write poetry in response to some of the artworks discussed
  • Wellness-focus/Mindfulness Students will begin and end with a mindful breathing exercise and/or guided visualization with an art work

The cost is $100 for a 40 minute experience, for up to 20 students. Experiences are generally available Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and must be booked with 6 weeks advance notice.

Studio Experience (1st – 8th grade, up to 20 students)

Purpose: Foster creativity, tolerance for ambiguity, and other habits of “thinking like an artist.”

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In this adaptation of our on-site Studio Thinking Workshop, students apply their imaginations and basic art supplies to a creative prompt connected to a big idea. A CMA educator will introduce the prompt and lead reflection on the creative process while students work independently to interpret the prompt in their own, unique way. Teacher may choose from a list of studio prompts, or let CMA choose. Organizers are sent a toolkit one week in advance of the date with suggested supplies and materials they can use at home.

The cost is $100 for a 40 minute session, for up to 20 students. Experiences are generally available Monday-Friday, 8AM-4PM and must be booked with 6 weeks advance notice.

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