School Programs

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Multidisciplinary Tours

Math + Art
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Museum Tour Tues, Wed, or Fri, 10 AM–2 PM (includes time for lunch)

Discover shapes and patterns that will make you say “Ge-O-My!” during a docent-guided, geometry-themed tour of the Museum, and then go hands-on at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with guided exploration and play.

  • Grades 1–3
  • 4 hours
  • $5 per student; additional fees apply for Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
  • Register with the Museum, and then call the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum at 414-390-5473.
Science + Art
Discovery World and Museum Tour

What do art, science, and technology have in common? Design! Immerse students in the creative design process, inspired by architect Santiago Calatrava. After exploring the Calatrava-designed addition to the Museum, students visit Discovery World for an adventure in prototyping and industrial automation in the Rockwell Automation Dream Machine.

  • Grades 6–8
  • 2½ hours
  • $5 per student; additional fees apply for Discovery World
  • Register with the Museum, and then call Discovery World at 414-765-8625.
Music + Art
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Museum Tour

Extend your MSO Concert for Schools experience with a docent-guided tour of the Museum’s works of art that relate to concert themes. See complete list of program dates, concerts, and tour topics.

History + Art
On Wisconsin! Performance and Museum Tour Oct 3rd, 2013, 9:3011:30 AM

One day only! Wisconsin history comes alive in an interactive performance by storyteller/performer Bob Kann, and in works of art from the Museum’s Collection. This program is completely connected to state history curriculum and includes everything from artifacts and folk art to Wisconsin legends such as Harry Houdini, and weird-but-true inventions (ice cream sundaes, anyone?).

  • Grades 3–5
  • 2 hours
  • $8 per student and chaperone
  • Register online or call 414-224-3842.
Nature + Art
Lynden Sculpture Garden and Museum Tour Available May through mid-October

The environment, and your imagination, plays an important role in unearthing the history of sculpture. Learn sculpture inside and out—or better said, indoors and outdoors!—at these two important Milwaukee institutions.

  • Grades 1–12
  • $5 per student; additional fees apply for Lynden Sculpture Garden
  • Register with the Museum, and then call Lynden Sculpture Garden at 414-446-8481.
Writing + Art
Writing & Art Docent-Guided Tour Sept 2012–March 2013

This tour, inspired by Milwaukee Writing Project teaching strategies and grounded in the Six Traits of Writing framework, introduces the Museum as a place of inspiration for writing. After receiving their own Museum journal/sketchbooks, students look closely at works of art, using a variety of writing skills, developing a descriptive word bank, and practicing “low stakes” writing.

  • Grades 4–8
  • 1½ hours, $8 per student
Theater + Art
First Stage Performance Company and Museum Tour Oct 16, 2013 or Dec 12, 2013, 9:30–11:30 AM

American painter Thomas Sully (1783–1872) had a lifelong connection to and love of the theatre and literature. Explore his artistic imagination in the exhibition Thomas Sully: Painted Performance, on a docent-led tour, and then participate in a theater workshop facilitated by the educators of First Stage. Students will learn skills to help them onstage (presence, expression, focus, projection) and in life (self-confidence, discipline, integrity, commitment, teamwork).

  • Grades 6–12
  • 2 hours
  • $10 per student
  • NOTE: Space is limited. Please book early.

Art of Writing Young Authors and Artists Conference

Fall Edition Tues, Dec 3, 2013, 8:30 AM3:15 PM

This daylong regional conference follows the same format as the Art of Writing summer edition (see below) but is geared towards individual students, or groups of students registered through their school.

  • Grades 3–12
  • 6 ¾ hours only, $75 per student
  • Check back in Fall for more details.
Summer Edition Thurs, July 24, 2014, 8:30 AM4 PM

Young writers and artists use the Museum as inspiration for first-person narrative writing or artwork in this daylong, statewide conference. Through brainstorming, drafting, revising, and working with teachers and peers, they produce a finished manuscript or artwork that is then published. The Museum collaborates with the Kettle Moraine School District for this program.

Specialized Programs

Studio Workshop School Program Available Tues–Thurs

Be the artist! Students explore the Museum’s Collection on a tour of your choice, and then create their own work of art in the studio. Museum staff will design a project that fits your curriculum.

  • Grades PK–12
  • 2½ hours
  • $8 per student
  • Register online or call 414-224-3842.
Herzfeld Study Center Visit

A visit to the Herzfeld Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Center offers a special opportunity to get up-close and personal with works on paper. Create a custom list or choose from the following themes: African American artists; architecture; figures and portraits; history and techniques of photography; history and techniques of printmaking; Latin American artists; modern and contemporary art; mythology; natural sciences; and women artists.

  • Grades 11 and above
  • 45 minutes, $5 per student
  • The instructor is required to lead the lecture
  • Register with or 414-224-3817.
Visual Arts Classic Workshop Feb 4 or 5, 2014, 12:45–2:30 PM

Prepare your Visual Arts Classic team with a workshop at the Museum. Students will explore the history and context of works of art that either relate to or are by artists in the competition theme. (Please note: Many, but not all of the artists in the theme are represented in the Museum’s Collection.)

  • Grades 9–12
  • 1¾ hours
  • $5 per student
  • Register online or call 414-224-3842.
Junior Docent School Program

For more than thirty-five years, the Junior Docent School Program has introduced elementary school students to the vocabulary, elements, and history of art while developing critical thinking skills. Over three consecutive years, students visit nine times, contextualizing art into their life. After a culminating project presented to their peers and family, they become official Junior Docents!

  • Grades 3–5
  • 9 visits over 3 years
  • 1–1½ hours each visit
  • $5 per student, per tour
  • To be added to the waiting list for this program, please email .
  • This program is run through schools. If you are a parent looking for art opportunities for your child, please refer to Youth and Family Classes.