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Learning to Look

Bring the arts to life with an engaging, age-appropriate curated tour that blend contemporary art, historical works, cultural context, architecture, and visual literacy for an unforgettable, interactive Museum experience.

Our tours are led by trained Gallery Guides and experienced art educators who will customize content to expand upon your curriculum. Tours can include interactive gallery activities and content related hands-on art projects and are aligned with national Common Core Standards.  

Our Museum art educators can also provide pre-tour lessons taught at your school. 

The Museum’s goal is to encourage students to examine carefully, express their impressions descriptively, and enjoy artistic discovery.

Tours last approximately 75 minutes (includes check-in, orientation, and tour.)

Discounted Student Group Admission Rates
For groups of 10 or more.
$5/student
$4/student of Newport County Schools

Free admission for teachers, group leaders and chaperones at a ratio of 1 chaperone : 10 students

One Gallery Guide is assigned for every 15 guests, and is included in the admission price.

Language of Art Tour

Two tours in one! A collaborative art and literary experience with the Redwood Library & Athenaeum and Newport Art Museum.

This collaborative guided tour experience is appropriate for school and youth groups of all ages. Interactive, dialogue-driven tours focus on English Language Arts and Visual Art Literacy skills, using the Museum’s and Athenaeum’s extensive permanent collections as resources.  

Programs are specifically tailored to meet your curricular needs and carefully blend art, literacy, history, cultural context, architecture, and visual literacy into engaging visits that are aligned with national Common Core Standards.

Learning to Look & Treasures from the Vault

The Museum’s “Learning to Look” gallery talks enhance learning and help students hone their observational skills and strengthen their ability to empathize, analyze, reason and intuit. The Redwood Library & Athenaeum “Treasures from the Vault” brings rarely seen historic books, illuminated manuscripts, and literature to life.

Museum and Athenaeum Educators work closely with teachers to tailor tour topics to expand upon particular areas of the school curriculum or specific classroom/group projects.

Groups spend equal time between both institutions, and includes a brief history before delving into close observation and thoughtful dialogue around a small number of specially selected objects and works of art. Our goal is to encourage students to examine carefully, express their impressions descriptively, and enjoy artistic and literary discovery.

Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours (includes check-in, orientations, and 1 hour tours in each institution.)

Language of Art Guided Tour Admission Rates
For groups of 10 or more. Maximum size for this tour is 60.
$10/student
$8/student of Newport County Schools

Free admission for teachers, group leaders and chaperones at a ratio of 1 chaperone: 10 students

One Gallery Guide is assigned for every 15 guests, and is included in admission rate.

Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

Enhanced Student Tour Experiences

Enrich students experience further with hands-on art-making at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies or schedule a Museum instructor to bring a Pre-Lesson into your classroom.

 

Art-making at the Coleman Center

Enrich students experience further with hands-on art-making at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Following the “Learning to Look” guided tour, students investigate new materials and processes with a hands-on and content-related art making activity.

Art-making adds approximately 30 minutes to the tour

Fee:  $3/student

 

Coleman Center Art Instructor Pre-lesson

Take learning a step further with a Pre-Lesson, allowing students to engage in a more complex art-making project.  Pre-Lessons are led by a Coleman Center Art Educator and are taught in your classroom or group site.

Fee: $250 Pre-lesson

Teacher Resources

Reserve a Tour

Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.

Chaperones

A minimum of one chaperone is required for every ten students (K-12).  Student aides and one adult (teacher, parent or other) per every 10 students are admitted for free.  Each additional adult is $14 per adult. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and wellbeing of all children in their group.

Payment

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due two weeks prior to the tour date. Please send check made payable to Newport Art Museum or pay with credit or debit card. Final payment of admission charges for the pre-reserved number of guests (less the $50 deposit) must be made in full on the day of your visit.

Lunch

Arrangements can be made to accommodate students bringing bagged lunches or snacks to enjoy on the grounds, porch, on in the gallery. Requests must be made in advance and are subject to season and exhibition or classroom space availability.

Parking

The Newport Art Museum has on-site parking for a limited number of cars and encourages car-pooling for larger groups. The Museum can accommodate coach busses.

Campus Accessibility

The Newport Art Museum's three-building campus includes the John N. A. Griswold House, the Cushing Memorial Gallery and the Gilbert S. Kahn Building, which houses our art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. All three buildings are accessible to visitors using wheelchairs, walking aids, children's strollers or service animals. Our south parking lot off Downing Street provides easy access to all Museum buildings and grounds. Ramps on the south side of the Griswold House and the north side of the Cushing Gallery are accessible via the south lot, and provide access to the Griswold Houses' automatic doors.