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, Fall 2015

People and Portraits

Recommended for grades K-5
Available September 15, 2015 – December 18, 2015
Discover cultures from around the world and throughout different time periods by exploring a variety of portraits. This tour reinforces the English Language Arts Common Core standards of “Key Ideas and Details” and “Integration of Knowledge and Ideas”. Request tour.

Art History 101 at the Nasher

Recommended for grades 6-12
Available September 15, 2015 – December 18, 2015
Focusing on The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light, students will experience the history of art through the lens of the Nasher’s Collection.Tours will be interactive and discussion based, using visual thinking strategies and critical thinking skills to draw conclusions about the artwork and its significance. Request tour.

Create Your Own Adventure

Especially for grades 9-12
Available September 15, 2015 – December 18, 2015
Want to focus on a specific time period or collection? Create your own experience! Spend 30 minutes with a Nasher guide and learn how to carefully look and discuss the art. Students may then view additional artworks of your choice or those that relate directly to your curriculum, applying the same principles. This tour is limited to groups of 30 or less. Request tour.

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

Especially for 2nd grade classes from Durham Public Schools
Available September 15, 2015 – December 18, 2015, 10:00 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 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 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

Teacher’s Night Out

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 4–7 PM
(Register by Wednesday, September 9, 2015)
Start the school year off with an evening out at the Nasher! Exclusively for educators this is our teacher appreciation and open house. Tour the newly renovated permanent collection, The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light with Nasher Gallery Guides, and independently explore our other open exhibitions. Make art with a local artist and mingle with other educators over drinks and appetizers, including wine! Register online.

FREE K-12 Educator Improv Workshop

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4–7 PM
(Register by Wednesday, October 21, 2015)
Join us for an improv workshop led by Jen Oleniczak, from The Engaging Educator. Realizing the connection between improvisation and good teaching and communication, The Engaging Educator specializes in improv-based education workshops to approach teaching about art and other subjects.This FREE program will also include hands-on activities, time to explore current exhibitions independently and a light reception including wine. Participants will receive partial CEU credit and interdisciplinary curriculum-based materials to use in the classroom. Register online.

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.