K–12 Groups + Teachers

Guided School Tours

Smith College students serving as Student Museum Educators (S.M.E.s) gain important teaching practice by leading K-12 school groups in making meaningful connections to works of art.  In-gallery experiences:

  • Promote transformative experiences with art objects
  • Cultivate museum and visual literacy
  • Encourage active looking (including observing, describing, analyzing, and interpreting) 
  • Respect and acknowledge the value of multiple perspectives and viewpoints and seek to create interpretation, exhibitions, and programs that embody a collaborative, non-authoritative, participatory model.

Guided in-gallery experiences usually last just under an hour and typically include in-depth looking and discussions with 3-4 works of art. Scheduled visits to temporary exhibitions also incorporate an additional 30 minute hands-on art-making experience.  


OctoberDecember; FebruaryJune
 Tuesday - Friday 10:30AM & 11:30 & 1 PM  

Visits are adaptable to all grade levels. The following anchor standards may be met during a visit to the Museum:

From MA Framework: Visual Arts: PreK–12

  • Standard 2: Elements and Principles of Design; PreK–12
  • Standard 5: Critical Response
  • Standard 6: Purposes and Meanings in the Arts
  • Standard 7: Roles of Artists in Communities
  • Standard 8: Concepts of Style, Stylistic Influence, and Stylistic Change
  • Standard 10: Interdisciplinary Connections

From Common Core State College and Career Readiness (CCR)

  • Comprehension and Collaboration:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1
  • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.4; CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.6

All K-12 teachers may request a free admission pass to visit the Museum to plan a field trip.  Email Gina Hall at ghall@smith.edu for more information.

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.

K–12 Teacher Resources

Pre- and post-visit lesson plans featuring works of art from SCMA’s permanent and changing galleries are available in our growing collection of K–12 Teacher Resources (Please note Rights and Usage). Art on view at the museum may rotate; contact us to find out if works of art your group wants to see will be on view during your visit.

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 Gina Hall at ghall@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.