(Kindergarten) Limit 165 students. 45 minutes.
(Grades 1 & 2) Limit 165 students. 60 minutes.
Lions, and dragons, and bats – oh my! Who knew the Museum was crawling with so many animals? Find the animals, real and imaginary, as they appear in artworks from all over the world! The animals in our collection come from various cultures and time periods, used for many reasons on many objects. Learn the stories of the animals and the artists who brought them to life.
COLOR MY WORLD
(Grades K–12) Limit 90 students. 60 minutes.
Throughout history and across cultures, there is a common “language of art” that makes up every artwork. Learn the lingo and see how these elements of art – line, color, light and shadow, pattern, texture, and shape – have been used by artists over the centuries. These elements, along with a little imagination, have helped artists create masterpieces that have stood the tests of time.
Visually Impaired Program
Tour for Students with Vision Loss
(Grades K–12) Limit 32 students. 60 minutes.
As a visual arts institution, the Museum has a responsibility to make art accessible to all. In our visually impaired tours, specially-trained docents and sighted guides present the Museum's collection through multi-sensory education. Using pictorial descriptions, tactile models based on works of art, and music, our visually impaired tours allow visitors to experience art in a way they cannot on their own.
Learning to Look, Looking to Learn: Visual Thinking Strategies
(Grades 4K – K) Limit 105 students. 45 minutes.
(Grades 1 – 5)Limit 105 students. 60 minutes.
Anyone can look at art, but what does it take to truly
it? Art has so much to teach, whether what we physically see or how we feel, imagine, and think about it. Students will hone their investigational skills through Visual Thinking Strategies, looking closely and thinking critically to describe what they see and what it means to them.
Grades 4K – K
Using their imagination, younger students will be actively engaged in looking closely, practicing descriptive vocabulary, and making personal connections. Students will focus on two or three works of art. Docents facilitate discussion and enable students to develop important critical thinking skills and create personal stories about the art.
Grades 1 – 5
Older students will be actively engaged as they practice careful observation, ask questions, and discuss and respond to three or four works of art. Through careful use of questions and discussion, docents help students to develop important critical thinking skills and to forge personal connections with art.
Discovering the BMA
(All grade levels) 60 minutes.
The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 25,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The collection presents a rich panorama of cultures, featuring extensive holdings of Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art.
Whether you are looking to discover some of our “greatest hits” or to connect our collections to your curriculum, we can customize a tour for you!