K-12 Teachers

Tours for K-12 School Groups

Free guided tours are available Tues. – Fri. throughout the school year. Schools may bring 60 students to the museum at a time. For groups larger than 60, our staff will work with you to schedule multiple visits. Guided tours last 90 minutes for all grade levels. On their tour, students will discuss a total of 5-7 artworks in multiple exhibitions. Guided tours engage students in discussion about the artwork on view while encouraging critical thinking and the development of higher-order processing skills.

K-12 Guided TOURS

Colour Communication

Recommended for grades 6-12
Available April 7, 2015 – May 14, 2015
Focusing on the current exhibit, Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75, and other works on display, students will discuss how art can be used as a communication tool. Students will explore the concepts of purpose, artist intent, and artist process in order to see how art can relay a message.

Double Exposure: Connecting Science and Art at Duke Gardens & the Nasher

Especially for 2nd grade classes from Durham Public Schools
Available from March 3 – May 14, 10 AM – 1:30 PM

This program includes 80 minutes of guided tours at each venue with a 50 minute lunch break.  Students/schools must bring their own lunch.

 

Requesting a K-12 Guided Tour

Before requesting a K-12 Guided Tour, please check this calendar for tour availability. Tour times listed on the calendar are currently available for the number of students listed in parenthesis.

 

This calendar will be updated as often as possible, but it does not reflect a “real-time” schedule of K-12 tour reservations.

 

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

Self-guided groups or teacher-led school tours are permitted in all of our galleries. Admission fees apply for self-guided groups visiting the exhibition.

Self-guided visits must be scheduled in advance. Complete this form to schedule your self-guided visit or call 919-684-9244.

We highly recommend that educators preview exhibitions prior to the student visit to assure the content in each gallery is age appropriate.

PREPARING FOR YOUR K-12 TOUR

What to Expect during a Guided Tour at the Nasher Museum of Art

  • Inquiry-based tour approach where students and Gallery Guide discuss artworks.
  • Opportunity to practice critical thinking skills.
  • Focused discussions on a selected group of about 6-10 works of art.
  • All guided tours meet multiple North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Standards.
  • Tours engage multiple learning styles.

Special Needs

Help us create an inclusive program. Please inform us in advance of any students with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities in your group. We will do our best to adapt the program to best meet everyone’s needs.

Class Size

Classes will tour the museum in groups of 10 -15 students. Usually we can accommodate a maximum of 60 students per tour time.

Chaperones for Guided Tours

–Grades K-5: 1 chaperone for every 5 students.
–Grades 6-8: 2 chaperones for every 15 students.
–Grades 9-12: 1 chaperone for every 15 students.

Chaperones for self-guided groups: We require 1 chaperone for every 5 students.

Lunch

K-12 school groups may eat lunch or snacks in the Community Classroom only if this space is reserved in advance. The Community Classroom seats a maximum of 32 people. Weather permitting, school groups may picnic on museum grounds in designated areas only. Outside food and drink are not permitted anywhere else in the museum or on museum grounds.

BUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Bus scholarships are available for a limited number of K-12 guided field trips to the museum. Please contact nashered@duke.edu, or call 919-684-9244, to find out if your school qualifies.

QUESTIONS ABOUT K-12 TOURS

Contact the Education Associate
nashered@duke.edu / 919-684-9244

 

Teacher Workshops

 Summer Workshop: The Art of Nature and the Nature of Art

2 Day Workshop: Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, 9 AM – 4 PM, $35

Join education staff from the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum of Art as we explore the many connections between visual art and natural science. Spend time in Duke Gardens and the Nasher’s galleries, try many hands-on activities, and receive a binder filled with lessons directly connected to NC curriculum.  Register now for the Summer Workshop.

Stay in Touch

If you would like to learn about Teacher programs through the Nasher’s Educators listserv, please send an email message to sympa@duke.edu and include “Subscribe Nasher-Teachers” (without the quotes) in the subject or body of your e-mail. To be added to our snail mail list send your name and address to nashered@duke.edu.  

Explore Words & Pictures

The Nasher Museum and Durham Public Schools teachers recently collaborated to produce a number of K-2 lessons and downloadable resources that integrate visual arts into the language arts curriculum. These resources, which address Common Core standards and engage 21st Century Skills, are available online for free, thanks in part to a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit wordsandpictures.nasher.duke.edu.

Teacher Resources

The Education Department develops a number of materials for teachers to use with their students including background information about exhibitions, pre-visit and post-visit activities, images and lists of selected resources. Teachers who attend teacher programs or schedule a guided or self-guided tour receive folders with these materials. These materials are also available upon request. You can request materials by sending an email to nashered@duke.edu or calling (919) 684-1169.