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School Group TOURS

Registration for 2022-2023 school groups is now open. For scheduling a Guided or Self-Guided Visit for youth groups, please explore the page below.

Art + Core Connections at the Dayton Art Institute offer interactive, standards-aligned gallery experiences for PreK-12 school groups that are free-of-charge and led by trained Museum Guides. Tours are specifically designed to offer students unique opportunities to build meaningful connections with art. All tours align to various Ohio Learning Standards and support Common Core Speaking and Listening standards. During their gallery tours, students use and deepen 21st-century skills such as close looking and critical thinking.

DAI welcomes ALL students. We prioritize inclusion and accessibility and are an ADA-accessible facility. When scheduling a school tour, please let us know how the museum can best serve your students!

Choose from the options below:

A) Visit 3-5 artworks during a 45- or 60-minute Guided Visit

ART RANGERS

Best for grades 1–2. Visits 3-4 stations in 45 minutes

Young learners use music, close-looking, story-time and in-gallery sketching to explore basic art elements such as color, shape and line.

Supports Visual Arts OLS

GLOBAL TRADITIONS

Best for grades 3-5. Visits 5 stations in 60 minutes

Celebrate different cultural, familial, holiday and other celebrations from around the world like birthdays, weddings, and feasts through conversation, close-looking and artmaking.

Supports Visual Arts and Social Studies OLS

OHIO ART & ARTISTS

Best for grades 3-5. Visits 5 stations in 60 minutes

Celebrate the rich history of Ohio art. From Moundbuilder and Mississippian peoples to contemporary regional artists, students connect with Ohio heritage, community and DAI collection artworks.

Supports Visual Arts, Social Studies and English Language Arts OLS

ART OFF THE WALL

Best for grades 6-8. Visits 5 stations in 60 minutes

Delve into the scientific and special world of sculpture by engaging with sculptural techniques, materials and technology’s role in the sculptural process.

Supports Visual Arts, Science and Technology OLS

DISCOVER WRITING

Best for grades 9-12. Visits 5 stations or galleries in 60 or 90 minutes

Inspired by the collection, debate and discuss how art connects to the written word while exploring several writing types: descriptive, persuasive, creative, and expository.

Supports Visual Arts and English Language Arts OLS

ART & SCIENCE

Best for grades 9-12. Visits 5 stations in 60 minutes

Investigate color theory, color-making and the intersection of art and science throughout art history while using interactive technology, color wheels and more.

Supports Visual Arts, Science and Technology OLS

B) Visit artworks of your choosing during a Self-Guided visit

A Self-Guided Visit puts you in charge! Explore the collection using What is a Masterpiece? with mobile devices or contact the Education team for custom-tailored materials*.

Grades PreK–2: must have one (1) adult chaperones per every six (6) students
Grades 3–12: must have one (1) adult chaperones for every ten (10) students

*Please note: six weeks (6) advanced notice is required for requesting educational materials.

C) Design your own DAI school group visit with a mix of the above!

Remember, all Art + Core Connections gallery experiences are FREE for schools!

Need more info?

Email learn@daytonart.org or call 937-223-5277, ext. 333

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