K-12 Teachers

October Call for Spring 2017 Council Members
The Teacher Advisory Council for the spring 2017 exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush will meet Thursdays October 6, 13 and 20, 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Middle and high school teachers will research the exhibition and generate ideas and lessons for tours. Those involved will receive CEU credits for participating. Apply here to be on the Teacher Advisory Council for the spring 2017.

K-12 Guided Tours

Guided tours last 60 – 90 minutes. On their tour, students will discuss 4-6 artworks in multiple exhibitions and engage in a 20 minute hands-on art activity. Guided tours engage students in discussions about the artwork on view while encouraging critical thinking and the development of higher-order processing skills.

Fall 2016

Stories of the South
Recommended for grades K-5
Available September 20 – December 22

Focusing on Southern Accent, students will examine details in artworks and discuss story elements such as mood, setting, character and plot. Students will use visual clues to create their own stories of the South. Request a tour.

Signs and Symbols
Recommended for grades 6-12
Available September 20 – December 22

Explore the iconography of the American South – from peanuts to protest – as we tour the exhibition Southern Accent. Students will discuss the role symbolism plays in the visual arts and other forms of communication and expression. Request a tour.

Double Exposure: Connecting Science and Art at Duke Gardens and the Nasher Museum
Especially for 2nd grade classes
September 20 – December 22 from 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. Request a tour.

The South and Social Justice
Especially for 8th grade classes
September 20 – December 22 from 10 AM – 1:00 PM

This tour includes a screening of the documentary The Loving Story and a tour of Southern Accent focusing on issues of Social Justice in the American South. Film is 90 minutes, tour is 60 minutes, with 30 minutes lunch break. Students/schools must bring their own lunch. Request a tour.

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 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.


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.

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 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.


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

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 nasher.duke.edu/wordsandpictures/.

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.


Open to all schools within a 25-mile radius of the Nasher Museum and only available on Mondays.

Nasher staff will visit your classroom to lead an engaging discussion with hands-on objects and digital images from current and past exhibitions. This free program is 30-45 minutes and encourages critical thinking, careful looking and thought-provoking discussion.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Recommended for grades K-5
Available September 20 – December 22, 2016
Explore the relationship between pictures and storytelling. This visit reinforces the English Language Arts Common Core standards. Request a tour.

The Art of Identity
Recommended for grades 6-12
Available September 20 – December 22, 2016
Students consider issues of identity in art. Students will explore how they present themselves and draw conclusions about others. Students will interpret visual details from a wide variety of images. Request a tour.