Grades 6 to 12

Museum Introduction Tours (Grades 6-12)

Art across Cultures

The Art Institute is home to works of art that represent thousands of years of human creativity. Through close looking and creative and critical thinking, students will engage with collection highlights that represent diverse worldviews and perspectives, and reflect on their own sense of self and place in the world.

Recommended for first-time visitors; strongly supports National Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening and Illinois Learning Standards for Speaking and Listening, History, and Arts and Civilization.

Limit: 120 Students

60 minutes for grades 6–12


Specialized Tours

American Art: Themes and Ideas

Students explore informing ideas of United States history and culture by engaging with works of art thematically from all American historical periods. Issues such as the formation of personal and national identity or the interplay between American art and its European precursors provide overarching themes for discovery and exploration.

Limit: 80 students

60 minutes for grades 6–8
90 minutes for grades 9-12 (10:00 and 10:30 only)
 

Art of Ancient Greece, Etruria, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire

Students explore the art and informing ideas of the ancient cultures of Greece, Etruria, Rome, and the early Byzantine Empire.

Limit 60 students
60 minutes for grades 6–12

Classical Mythology in Art

On this tour, students explore the mythology of the ancient Mediterranean world and trace its influence in later European and American art.

Limit 60 students
60 minutes for grades 6-12

Indian Art of the Americas 

This tour highlights the great diversity of indigenous cultures in North, Central, and South America through a variety of media, such as ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and basketry. 

Limit 60 students
60 minutes for grades 6-12

Arts of Africa

The diverse cultural traditions and worldviews that objects from Africa embody are the focus of this tour. Students will explore a variety of objects in order to compare and contrast the ways in which they functioned originally and to consider how aesthetic properties communicate cultural values.

Limit 60 Students
60 minutes for grades 6–12 

Asian Art

On this survey tour students will explore the aesthetics, related spiritual beliefs, and philosophical ideas of eastern and south Asian cultures through engagement with works of art from China, Japan, India, and Korea, and other Asian cultures. A variety of objects will be discussed including ceramics, cast metals, works on silk or paper, and textiles.


Limit: 60 Students
60 minutes for grades 6–12

Art + Science 

On this 90-minute tour and 1-hour studio experience, students will practice scientific and creative thinking. Through observation, imagination, and reasoning in the galleries, students will explore three works of art in depth. A teacher resource manual with pre- and post-tour activities is available to extend the visit to the classroom. Tour supports State Common Core English Language Arts Standards, National Core Arts Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Limit: 40 Students
90 minutes tour + 60 minutes studio for grades 6–8


European Art 

Art of France

Through intensive investigation of subject matter, artistic styles, and techniques, students will discuss historical and cultural changes in France as exemplified by
French art.


Limit: 90 Students
90 minutes for grades 9-12

Art of Spain

Through intensive investigation of subject matter, artistic styles, and techniques, students will discuss historical and cultural changes in Spain as exemplified by
Spanish art.


Limit: 45 Students
90 minutes for grades 9-12

European Art (1300–1800)

This survey tour provides an overview of cultural changes in Europe from medieval times through the dawn of the 19th century. Students will discover the changing nature of European cultures and some of the overarching ideas of the times through their examination of subject matter and artistic, technical, and aesthetic perspectives in painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

Limit: 90 Students
60 minutes grades 6–8

90 minutes grades 9–12 (10:00 and 10:30 only)

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Students will discover how Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art reflected new attitudes toward nature and 19th century life. They will examine the artists’ stylistic innovations and note how their outlooks represented a radical change from the past as well as critical portents for the future.


Limit: 80 Students
60 minutes for grades 6–12

 

 

Modern and Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art and Design

This tour explores work produced from 1950 to the present, including painting, sculpture, installation art, new-media work, design, and architecture. This tour is suspended until January 2016.


Limit: 90 Students
60 minutes for grades 6-8
90 minutes for grades 9-12

Modern Art

What does it mean to be “modern”? Students explore the great variety of styles and “isms” that comprise 20th-century modern art and connect these works to subsequent artistic styles.


Limit: 90 Students
60 minutes for grades 6-8
90 minutes for grades 9-12

Writing and Drawing Tours

Art and Creative Writing

Students engage with works of art not only to respond in a variety of writing modes, but also to understand elements of the writers' and artists' creative processes. Students apply this knowledge as they uncover their own creative process.


Limit: 30 Students
90 minutes for grades 6-12

Seeing through Drawing 

Students hone their looking skills by exploring the composition and style of works of art through drawing as they experiment with a variety of techniques. No prior experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Limit: 30 Students
90 minutes for grades 6–12