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