Information for School Groups
BMAC’s friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteer docents ensure that your school group will be inspired, surprised, and delighted by your visit to the museum.
We recommend that school groups allow two hours for a visit that will begin with a guided tour and conclude with an engaging, age-appropriate activity based on our current exhibits. Visits may be scheduled weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and occasionally on weekends. Admission is free for public school groups, $35 for other groups of 2-10, and $45 for groups of 11-25. Please try to schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance.
What can you expect during your visit?
After a brief introduction to the museum, trained docents will engage students in inquiry-based discussion focused on specific works of art. The pace of each tour and number of artworks viewed varies, in order to allow time for focused observation and exploration in small groups. Guided tours will focus on a selection of work from the current exhibits.
Designed especially for K-6 school groups, activities are based on the artwork students will view during their guided tour. They may include hands-on art projects, book readings, or a writing response. Through June 21, 2015 we are offering the following activities for docent-led groups:
CREATIVITY WITH SHAPES
This activity for grades K-1 is a fun way to learn more about basic design concepts such as shape, size, color, and figure-and-ground relationships. By moving two-dimensional pieces on a large, colored ground, young children are introduced to repetition, variation, positive and negative space, and contrast. Young artists learn a simple, no-mess way to apply glue to affix shapes to the colored ground. You’ll want to have an exhibit of the finished results back at school!
TEXTURE COLLAGE: GRADES 1-6
This activity explores plant fibers that are used to make all kinds of papers and the distinction between actual textures and visual textures. Students will use “texture blocks” to make crayon rubbings on paper, which they then cut up and employ to create a collage. (Very young students may find that the process of rubbing and seeing the results is enough.)
DRAWING TEXTURES: GRADES 4 AND UP
In this activity, students will create pencil or fine marker drawings of textured objects on hand at the museum. Teachers can easily extend this simple activity to journal work or a bookmaking project. One possibility is to make a blank book in which students can do nature drawings over the summer.