School Programs

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Multidisciplinary Tours

Writing + Art Docent-Guided Tour
Available September through April

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

Geometry + Art

Discover shapes and patterns everywhere you look during a docent-guided, geometry-themed tour of the Milwaukee Art Museum

Optional: Go hands-on at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with guided exploration and play. Additional fees apply for Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. Register with the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then call Betty Brinn Children’s Museum at 414-390-5437.

Life Sciences + Art

Discover connections between art and the life sciences. See how artists use their senses and borrow from the sciences to observe the natural world. View works of arts that cover living things from plants to wildlife and humans.

Optional: Visit Discovery World to continue your exploration of the living world! Examine living fish from Lake Michigan and see firsthand how science uses art for animal identification. Additional fees apply for Discovery World. Register with the Milwaukee Art Museum, and then call Discovery World at 414-765-8625.

Theater + Art
First Stage Performance Company and Museum Tour
The Modern Line: Drawing from Process to Product

Dec 5 or 6, 2017 | 9:30-11AM or 12-1:30PM

Explore dynamic portraits, forms, colors, and subject matters through a docent-led tour of the Museum’s feature exhibition of modern drawings from the Collection. Afterward, students will be joined by First Stage Teaching Artists and actively engage in stories, characters, and perspectives depicted in these works of art.

Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England

April 3 or 4, 2018 | 9:30–11 AM or noon–1:30 PM

Experience this 19th-century American painter’s iconic coastal scenes of England and Maine, along with his vivid portrayals of local townspeople and children at play on a docent-guided tour. Then join First Stage Teaching Artists in a performance workshop to explore story settings, characters and narratives inspired by the exhibition.

Music + Art
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concert and Museum Tour

Extend your MSO Concert for Schools experience with a docent-guided tour of the Museum’s works that relate to concert themes.

  • Youth (Grades 3–8): Music of the Earth
  • Oct 11 or 12, 2017 | $5 per student
  • All tours for October 11 and 12 are SOLD OUT. If you would like to visit the Museum on alternative dates please email
  • Youth (Grades 3–8): Finding the American Voice
  • Feb 6 or 7, 2018 | $5 per student
  • Register with the Museum
NEW: History + Art
America’s Black Holocaust Museum Presentation and Museum Tour

Nov 9, 2017 | 9:30-11AM (Grades 5-8 sold out)
March 21, 2018 | 9:30–11 AM (Just added!)

Join America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) and the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special program in honor of the local and national history of African Americans and people of African descent. The combined presentation by ABHM griots (storytellers) and Art Museum docents is a timely collaboration that explores how artists express identity and use storytelling to bring history to life.

Special Tour Programs

Studio Workshop School Program Available Tues - Thurs, Sept 2017 – April 2018

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

  • Grades PK–12
  • 2½ hours
  • $10 per student
  • Register online or call 414-224-3842.
Junior Docent School Program

For more than forty 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 ten times, contextualizing art into their life. After a culminating project presented to their peers and family, they become official Junior Docents!

  • Grades 3–5
  • 10 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.