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Current School Tours
Special Exhibition Tours
Andy Warhol: Athletes
The Art of Sport: Highlights from the Collection of The Dayton Art Institute
On view June 22 - September 1
School group tickets: $5 per student; $9 per chaperone
Add a workshop: enhance your tour experience with a workshop: In the studio, create a lightpainting collage with colored acetate.
Workshop cost: $7 per student (minimum 10 students)
Schedule your tour now! Call 937-512-0152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and scheduling. Scholarships are available for schools with financial need.
Permanent Collection Tours
The following tours are designed to engage younger children in fun and interactive learning activities in the galleries. $7 per participant. Tours are 45 minutes.
A Dragon's Tale
Listen to the story The Egg. Search for dragons in the Patterson-Kettering Wing of Asian Art and create an illustrated book about dragons.
Color, Shape and Line
Listen to the story Harold and the Purple Line and participate in a gallery hunt in the Contemporary Gallery. Create a stick puppet using shapes, colors and lines.
Looking For Goldilocks
Listen to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Look for clues about Goldilocks in the Dicke Wing of American Art and decorate your own porridge bowl.
ARTventures from Far Away In the museum galleries, travel around the world to learn about the art and folktales of different cultures. The following interactive tours include an art-making activity in the gallery. $7 per participant. Tours are 45 minutes.
Asian Folk Tales
Listen to the folktale of Lon Po Po and find out how three sisters outsmarted the wolf. Go on a gallery hunt in the Asian Galleries and make an accordion book.
Ohio Academic Content Standards (coming soon)
Safari Art Adventures
Listen to the African folktale Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, then explore the African, Asian, Pre-Columbian and Oceanic galleries. Look for animals throughout the galleries and make an animal puppet.
(45 minutes) Explore artworks in the Experiencenter and in near-by galleries with the use of hands-on materials and learning games.
See how artists have depicted animals in art, from the real to the imaginary, while learning about the elements of art (line, shape, color, space, texture, and pattern). Workshop: Create a collage of a real or imaginary animal.
Use clues to find objects from diverse cultures used for daily life, ceremony, and adornment. Workshop: Use mixed media to create and embellish a special pouch to hold small reproductions of artwork from the tour.
From the narrative images in an artwork to the art-making techniques of an artist, learn the many different ways that art can tell a story. Workshop: In the workshop create a narrative “comic strip” that can be rolled into a scroll when complete.
NEW! Art Adds Up Tour: 60 minutes. Optional workshop: 60 minutes.
Art Adds Up
Art Adds Up focuses on geometry and spatial sense benchmarks aligned with second and third grade Ohio Academic Content Standards. During this tour students will have the opportunity to view art in the museum’s permanent collection and discover how math can be connected with art through fun hands-on activities. In the galleries, students will identify geometric shapes and lines of symmetry, experience graphing and measuring, and much more!
Add a Workshop
Reinforce math concepts learned on the tour by adding a bilateral design workshop. Workshop fee: $7 per participant; Minimum: 10 or more participants For more information or to register, call 937-512–0152 or e-mail email@example.com.
(60 minutes) Explore artworks in the Experiencenter and in near-by galleries with the use of hands-on materials and learning games.
Myths and Legends
Gain an understanding of myths and legends as they are depicted in works of art. Workshop: Create a collage depicting a myth or legend.
Explore sculpture from around the world and learn about the natural materials used to create it. Workshop: Create a sculpture using found materials.
Tour the world while viewing art from diverse cultures. Workshop: Create a vessel representative of your culture.
It Looks Just Like You
Look at portraits from around the world, including contemporary images that explore the person beyond their physical appearance. Workshop: Create a mixed media portrait of a person either from history or popular culture.
The Art of American History
Trace the history of the United States from colonial to modern times through works of art. Workshop: Create a landscape painting in the style of the Precisionists.