K–12 Groups + Teachers

Guided School Tours

Volunteer Smith Student Museum Educators (S.M.E.s) receive important teaching practice by leading K-12 school groups.  SCMA’s guided tours:

  • Aim to cultivate visual literacy in our visitors by encouraging in-depth looking and discussion
  • Connect a Museum visit to K-12 curricula through the interdisciplinary nature of art
  • Are focused on developing twenty-first century skills such as critical thinking

Tours usually last about an hour and typically include in-depth looking and discussions at 4-5 works of art and, upon request, an additional 30 minute hands-on activity (elementary) or gallery activity (secondary).  We recommend a total visit time of 1.5 to 2 hours.

Print and share the Chaperone Guidelines with the adults in your group before your visit.

OctoberDecember; FebruaryJune
Tues & Thurs 10:30 AM & 1 PM, and Wed & Fri 10 AM & 1 PM
1 hour guided tour + 30 minute hands-on activity upon request

S.T.E.A.M. = Science + Technology + Engineering + Art + Math
Student Museum Educators lead groups in discovering visual S.T.E.(A.)M. concepts and the interdisciplinary aspects of art.

Adaptable to All Grade Levels. | MA Framework: Visual Arts PreK–12 Standard 10: Interdisciplinary Connections Common Core: CCSS.ELA–Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Fall S.T.E.A.M. School Tour Stops (subject to change):

Artist Unknown, Floor Segment: Personification of the River Pyramos

Abraham Mignon, Woodland Still Life

Alexander Calder, Mobile

Nam June Paik, Internet Dweller: btjm.twelve.jhgd

Mary Bauermeister, Eighteen Rows

Meet the Museum
For New and Experienced Museum Visitors Student Museum Educators lead groups in looking at art from a variety of time periods, cultures, and media. Customized upon request.

Adaptable to All Grade Levels. | MA Framework: Visual Arts PreK–12 Standard 6: Purposes and Meanings in the Arts Common Core: CCSS.ELA Literacy.CCRA.SL.1

Group Visit Reservation Form

Contact Education for a list of the works of art featured on this tour, or for information about booking a tour topic of your choice.

Bus Subsidies

When making a reservation, K-12 school groups can request a bus subsidy of up to $150 to defray transportation costs to the Museum. Each school can request the bus subsidy up to four times per school year. The subsidy is a reimbursement—teachers download the Bus Subsidy Form and send it in with any additional paperwork after the group visit. Funds are granted on a first-come, first served basis.  Bus Subsidies are generously funded by Museum Members and other contributors, and can take 6-8 weeks to process.  If a K-12 school visits both The College’s Lyman Plant House (“Botanic Garden”) and SCMA for guided tours, the school may be eligible for Bus Subsidies from each institution.

Classroom Resources

Several lesson plans featuring works of art from SCMA’s permanent collection are available in the Education Resource Center(Rights and Usage). The collection rotates; contact us to find out of works of art your group wants to see will be on view during your field trip.

Teacher Workshops

Day-long teacher workshops—led by a variety of professionals including Museum staff, College faculty, and local artists—are usually offered each semester. The Teacher Workshops aim to connect K–12 curricula with works of art on display at the Museum. Teachers from all subject areas are encouraged to attend. A certificate of attendance is given to participants, which can be redeemed for Professional Development Points (PDPs). Upcoming Teacher Programs are listed in the Events calendar.

Teachers’ Pass

All K-12 teachers may request a free admission pass to visit the Museum to plan a field trip.  Email Julie at jmclean@smith.edu with your desired visit planning date. 

Educator Membership

Consider supporting the Museum’s Education programs by becoming an Educator Member. Members receive discounts on Teacher Workshop fees.