|6 , 7 , 8
|Social Studies English Science
|Both Grade Level and Arts/PE Program
|45-minute tour combined with a 45-minute art-making activity. 1-hour Gallery Drawing Sessions (new) is an art-making only option for groups looking for a more flexible, student-directed art-making experience at the museum.
|Combo Offsite Tour & Offsite Workshop
|Tour and hands-on studio art experience
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
|Closed Monday and Tuesdays. September- June; select dates may be unavailable in December and January.
|Phone , Email
All program materials will be provided, including the art supplies needed for students to complete their projects.
Teachers will receive a Teacher Discovery Pass, a one-time free pass to explore the museum to prepare for their students" upcoming tour and plan curricular connections. All students will receive a Free Family Pass to return to the museum, where they are encouraged to act as tour guides for their families.
Free busing is provided by the museum on a first-come, first-served basis.
Name tags for students are helpful.
I can create original works of art connected to the themes/tools explored in the works of art in the museum's collection.
I can use use the elements of art and principles of design to describe works of art.
I can use what I see to interpret works of art.
I can connect works of art to personal and/or cultural experiences.
I can connect works of art to other school subjects.
Want a hand's on arts experience? Our Studio Programs combine a 45-minute docent-guided tour and a 45-minute related art-making experience with our Resident Teaching Artist.
Program Themes (choose one): Art and Poetry
Grades 6-12 Students compose color poems inspired by a work of art. Using watercolors, students create abstract paintings that use color to evoke a mood. Drawing out the Details
Students will be introduced to the elements of art through close looking and discussion in the museum. For the studio portion, with a teaching artist, students will visit the galleries with pencils and mini sketchpads, learning fundamental drawing techniques as they sketch from 3-dimensional objects in antiquities galleries.
STEAM: Sketch like a Scientist
Students will explore the intersection of science and art in still life paintings, learning about techniques artists used to accurately depict a variety of natural objects. The studio portion will take place in the Cabinet of Art and Curiosities where students will sketch from the insect and sea life specimens in this gallery. Gallery Drawing Sessions Grade 8. Students will have a 1-hour drawing experience directly in a gallery at the museum selected ahead of time by booking teacher. Drawing Sessions do not include a docent-led tour. A museum teaching artist will be present for individual feedback and critique, but formal group instruction is not provided. This is a program designed for art students who have an intermediate-advanced background in drawing and are looking for more focused time for art-making directly in the galleries. Students in this program should have prior drawing experience.
Maximum number for most themes is 50 students. Maximum number for STEAM: Sketch Like a Scientist, and Drawing out the Details is 30 students. Maximum number for Gallery Drawing Sessions is 25 students. Teachers with larger groups will need to split grade over two days for larger groups. Note that for larger groups some students will experience the art-making activity before the tour.
Studio Programs are available:
Wednesday-Friday; 9:30 A.M. or later
Note: Space is limited for this program. You are not guaranteed a slot until you have completed registration with the museum.
The Wadsworth Atheneum encourages parent participation and seeks opportunities for parents to act as chaperones during tours at the museum. Chaperones accompany students in the galleries while monitoring the behavior of students and must remain with students at all times. There is no additional cost for chaperones. Chaperone guidelines are provided by the museum upon booking. There must be sufficient chaperones on the field trip to ensure one school chaperone per student touring group in the museum.