Preparing for Your Museum Field Trip

art tour

What to Expect
Video for Students
Talking about Art
Classroom Activity
Museum Etiquette


What to Expect During Your Visit

• If you have requested a guided tour, your docent (tour guide) will meet you at the entrance of the museum. If your group is large (more than 10–15 students, depending on grade level), the docent will ask you to divide the students into the pre-determined number of smaller groups. The docents will also review the etiquette points with the students.

• Once you are in a gallery, the docent will facilitate an exploration of a work of art by asking students questions, providing information, and using age-appropriate activities. Students are encouraged to answer questions based upon their own observations, experiences, and knowledge.

• Krannert Art Museum's tours are designed to provide in-depth explorations of a few works of art. Typically in a one-hour tour, students will visit four galleries and discuss one to two works of art in each gallery. The goal is to encourage students to strengthen their ability to look closely, think critically about the works of art, and formulate their own interpretations based on the contextual information provided by the guide.

• Toward the end of the tour, the docent will summarize the tour by reviewing the works of art, main discussion points, and tour objectives.

• At the end of the tour, the docent will lead the group back to the entrance of the museum to proceed out of the museum or wait for the other groups to join them.

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Pre-Visit Video for Students

Share this short video with your students to get them ready and excited to visit Krannert Art Museum. The video gives a quick overview of Krannert Art Museum, tells students what to expect during their tour, and discusses museum etiquette.

Your students may enjoy completing this crossword puzzle to reinforce the points in the video.

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Talking about Art

Whether you are taking a guided tour or you will be leading your students yourself, you will want your students to talk about the art they see. You may even want to have your students practice talking about art before the tour.

Below is a list of questions you can use to help facilitate a conversation about art. Please note that not all questions are applicable to all works of art.

• What is going on in this work of art? What makes you say that?
• What is the first thing that comes to mind when you look at this artwork?
• Describe the lines, colors, and shapes.
• How would you describe the figure(s) shown in the work of art?
• What mood or feeling does this artwork convey to you? Why?
• If you could step into this artwork, what would you hear, feel, do, say?
• When and where do you think this work of art was made? Why do you think that?
• How do you think this artwork might have originally been used?
• How does this artwork relate to what we have studied in class?
• Do you like it? Why or why not?

To stimulate the conversation, ask these follow-up questions:

• Does anyone have a different idea?
• What else do you see?

The Collections pages show some of the works of art in Krannert Art Museum's permanent collection. We suggest sharing the following with your students. Please note that these artworks may not be on display at the time of your visit.

dance det cortege det egypt det

fudo det flaxman det boucher det

stieglitz det burchfield det

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Classroom Activity

The following activity can be done in the classroom either as a pre- or post-field trip exercise. It could even be done in the museum right after a tour!

• After looking at and discussing (look at Talking about Art above) a few works of art with your students, ask students to pick their favorite.
• Have students write five to ten words that describe their selection.
• Have students exchange their list with a classmate. Can their partner identify which artwork they are describing?
• Have students share their lists of words.

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What is Museum Etiquette?

• Please do not touch. Help us preserve the art on display for future generations.
• Move slowly and carefully in the galleries. Do not lean on walls or cases, and do not use them as writing surfaces.
• Leave large objects, backpacks, umbrellas, and heavy coats in your vehicle or in a locker at one of the entrances. The museum no longer allows visitors to leave items with the guards at the front desk. The quarter to use the locker will be returned to you when you remover your items.
• Do not eat, drink, or chew gum in the galleries.
• Use pencils, not pens, for writing or sketching.
• Respect others and keep noise to a minimum.
• Photographs of artworks are allowed of works owned by Krannert Art Museum, as long as you turn your flash off. Check with a guard before using your camera.

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