(Kindergarten) Limit 165 students. 45 minutes.
(Grades 1 & 2) Limit 165 students. 60 minutes.
Hunt for animals, real and imaginary, as they appear in works of art from a variety of cultures and time periods. Develop observational and perceptual skills by identifying animals in paintings, sculpture and textiles. Discover how images of animals are used symbolically and as decoration on everyday objects.
BLACK HISTORY 365
Available through August 2013
(Grades K–12) Limit 60 students. 30–60 minutes (depending on grade of group).
The Birmingham Museum of Art features the work of Black artists year-round. Experience diverse forms of art created from a variety of perspectives. Reflect on the important accomplishments of black individuals worldwide. This tour includes careful examination of the Museum’s African collection and works by contemporary African and African-American artists.
COLOR MY WORLD
(Grades K–12) Limit 90 students. 60 minutes.
Experience art in a whole new way and discover the difference between looking and truly seeing. Learn the "language of art" as you explore basic techniques used to create works of art: manipulation of line, color, light and shadow, pattern, texture, and shape. Discover how these elements of art have developed from the Renaissance to modern day.
Visually Impaired Program
Tour for Students with Vision Loss
(Grades K–12) Limit 32 students. 60 minutes.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is a national leader in museum tours for visitors with visual impairments. Specially trained docents present the Museum's collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.
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.
This thought-provoking tour is a great way to introduce children to art and the Museum and enhances students’ observation and descriptive language skills.
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!