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Current School Tours

Permanent collection tours are specifically aligned to Ohio Academic Content Standards. We are in the process of revising them to align with Common Core standards. All tours strive to build awareness of creativity and innovation, and develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving, communication and cultural awareness. There is not a charge for school tours; optional workshop components are $7 per participant, except for the grant funded Art + Core Connections programs, available at no cost to all schools.

Special Exhibition Tours

The "Year of the Elements" begins with Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists, highlighting fire, air and ether through an investigation of light, a primary aesthetic principle in art. Grounded by the Light and Space movement of the 1960s in California, Into the Ether features artists who examine atmospheric changes, human perception, and individual experiences. Featuring the work of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists such as James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Leo Villareal, Erwin Redl, Daniel Rozin, and Diane Willow, the exhibition showcases experiments with immersive environments and atmospheric qualities, creating unique experiences for each museum patron.

Schedule your tour now! Email schooltours@daytonart.org or call 937-223-4278, ext. 241 for information and scheduling. Scholarships are available for schools with financial need.

Please Note: Any requested tour is not on the schedule until a confirmation form has been received from The Dayton Art Institute.

Permanent Collection Tours

Preschool-Grade 1

The following tours are designed to engage younger children in fun and interactive learning activities in the galleries. Tours are 45 minutes.

Color, Shape and Line

(45 minutes) Listen to the story The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer and participate in hands on gallery activities learning about color, shape, and line in the Contemporary Galleries. Optional workshop ($7/student): Create a mixed media work of art demonstrating knowledge of color, shape, and line as encountered on the tour.

Grades K-3

Experiencenter Tour

(45 minutes) Explore art and activities in Eye Teasers: The Art of Illusion in The Lange Family Experiencenter and in nearby galleries.  Optional workshop ($7/student): Create a work of Op Art.

Art Rangers

(45 minute) Clues help students find objects from diverse cultures used for daily life, ceremony, and adornment. Optional workshop ($7/student): Create and embellish a special pouch to hold small reproductions of artwork from the tour.

Grades 4-12

Experiencenter Tour

(60 minutes) Explore art and activities in Eye Teasers: The Art of Illusion in The Lange Family Experiencenter and in nearby galleries.  Optional workshop ($7/student): Create a work of Op Art.

Myths and Legends

(45 minutes) Gain an understanding of myths and legends as they are depicted in works of art. Optional workshop ($7/student): Embellish a photocopy portrait using silk screen printing techniques, oil pastel, and tissue paper.

Grades 7-12

It Looks Just Like You

(60 minutes) Look at portraits from around the world, including contemporary images that explore the person beyond their physical appearance. Optional
workshop ($7/student): Create a watercolor and oil pastel portrait.




REGULAR MUSEUM HOURS:
MONDAY Closed
TUESDAY Closed
WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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