Guided Visits for School Groups
Seeing Matters: Critical Thinking through Art
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10 & 11:15 am | 60 minutes | Grades 1–5 | 120 students
In this introductory tour, students hone their perception and explore how visual elements work together to create meaning. Through careful observation, conversation, and critical thinking, students learn to read visual language, examining the decisions and visual strategies involved in creating works of art. Students learn not just to look, but to really see.
Resource Guide (PDF | 395KB)
Art of the Americas
Mondays at 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 4–12 | 90 students
This tour surveys the development of the Americas from ancient times to the present. Students compare and contrast art from different historical periods of the Americas, including North, Central, and South America, 19th century California, and modern and contemporary times.
This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 4, 5, 8, and 11.
Resource Guide (PDF | 320KB)
Heroes & Legends, Gods & Myths
Tuesdays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 5–12 | 70 students
All societies have myths and legends that represent the beliefs, principles, and concerns of that society. This tour uses paintings, sculptures, and other objects from various cultures as the means of exploring such stories. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 6 and 7.
Resource Guide (PDF | 458KB)
Art & Creative Writing
Fridays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 5–12 | 110 students
In this tour, creative writing exercises are used to encourage close looking at works of art. Through the use of metaphors, sensory descriptions, poetry, and imaginary dialogue, students are given the opportunity to think critically about art and respond to it in a personal way to gain deeper understanding. Writing pads, pencils, and stools are provided. This tour is aligned with state content standards for language arts and visual arts for all grades.
Resource Guide (PDF | 768KB)
Continuity and Change: Art in the 20th Century and Beyond
Mondays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 6–12 | 90 students
Modern and contemporary art can be viewed as both an evolution and continuation of the preceding artistic movements. Explore the diverse social, economic, and political developments of the last 100 years as reflected in the artworks of our time.
This tour is aligned with state content standards for visual arts for all grades and history/social science for grades 10 and 11.
Resource Guide (PDF | 514KB)
Art of Many Cultures
Mondays and Thursdays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 6–12 | 100 students
Students discover and compare art from many different cultures (Western and non-Western), identifying the unique qualities that relate a work of art to the time and place of its origin. Students also learn how culture and art influence each other. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 6, 7, and 10.
Resource Guide (PDF | 414KB)
The Artist as a Social Conscience
Tuesdays 10:30 am | 90 minutes | Grades 6–12 | 75 students
All art was once contemporary and, as such, reflects the social and cultural context of its time. This tour explores how artists throughout history have used their artwork to give voice to and provoke dialogue about critical issues such as racism, class, and gender. This tour is aligned with state content standards for history/social science for grades 8 through 12 and visual arts standards for all grades.
Resource Guide (PDF | 1MB)
Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach
Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 am | 75 minutes | Grades 7–12 | 60 students
The period of the Renaissance and Reformation (1460-1580) was marked by profound changes in thought, philosophy, science, and religion, which in turn transformed the work of many artists of the day. Aligned with middle- and high-school world history standards, the Renaissance and Reformation tour encourages students to investigate the history and culture of this turbulent time through art.
The Printed Past: Exploring History through Art
Thursdays at 11:00 am | 60 minutes | Grades 9–12 | 25 students
This tour will allow students grades 9–12 unprecedented access to rarely seen works on paper, including photographs, prints, drawings, and political posters. Guided by LACMA staff within the intimate setting of LACMA’s new Study Center for Photography and Works on Paper, students will view and discuss artworks chosen for their connection to the social sciences curriculum. Choose from the following themes: Immigration and Urbanization, Poverty and Labor, and World War II.
Tour with High School Interns
Mondays - Fridays 9:30 am | 75 minutes | Grades 7–12 | 75 students
Explore the Modern Art galleries with LACMA's high school interns, who have gained knowledge about the works on view and gallery teaching techniques through intensive training. The tour examines work by artists of the 20th century. Consider how important art movements, such as Cubism, German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and Minimalism shocked the world. Tours of Modern Art are discussion based and incorporate art-making activities. All tours meet the selected state content standards for visual arts for grades 8-12.
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