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Museum Visits for Elementary SchoolsShare

Guided museum visits engage students of diverse backgrounds, interests,
and abilities while addressing Common Core State Standards and the Blueprint
for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts. All programs can be modified for
groups with special needs. All of the elementary school tours listed below include hands-on activities.

Note:Any of the tours described below, except Art on the Road, can be scheduled as a Guided Museum Visit (75 minutes) or as an Extended Museum Visit (2 hours).


Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective
November 8, 2013–March 23, 2014
Grades K–12

Students investigate the process of visual storytelling in the work of Art Spiegelman, one of the most influential living comics artists. The exhibition spans his illustrious career—from his early days in underground comics, to his provocative New Yorker covers, to Maus, the tale of his parents’ survival of Auschwitz.

Elementary school groups explore visual storytelling through an exploration of Spiegelman’s comics along with paintings in the permanent exhibition.

Other Primary Structures
Others 1: March 14–May 18, 2014
Others 2: May 25–August 3, 2014
Grades K–12

Students explore minimalist sculptures created around the world, in places as far away as Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Discussions focus on how artists communicate ideas through innovative forms and diverse mediums.


Archaeological Dig: Exploring the Ancient World
Grades PreK-6

Students make connections between past and present, discover artifacts from ancient cultures, and learn about excavations in the Museum’s hands-on simulated archaeological dig.

Educator Resource: Archaeology


Writing Through Art
Grades 3–12

By analyzing works of art, students gain insight into how art can inspire creative writing and how writing can be a powerful means of engaging with the visual world. Tours may focus on poetry, narrative, and language development.
Educator Resource: Narrative Art

Objects Tell Stories
Grades K-5

By analyzing paintings, photographs, and sculptures, students gain insight into how artists use color and form to convey meaning.
Pre-visit material (PDF)


Cultural Exchange
Grades 4–12

How does a culture or community retain its sense of identity when sharing environment, technology, art and ideas with other cultures? Students view art and artifacts that reflect the dynamic cultural exchanges between many cultures.


Festival of Lights
Grades K-4

Explore the role of light in the Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holidays and view the Museum’s spectacular collection of Hanukkah lamps.
Educator Resource: Jewish Holidays

Ceremonial Objects
Grades K-12

Examine ritual objects and related paintings to explore how artists merge artistic style with function. Students learn about Jewish culture and ceremonies by considering how these objects are used.
Educator Resource: Jewish Holidays


Number the Stars
Grades 3-5

Elementary school students reading Lois Lowry's Number the Stars focus on issues of resistance and hope through an exploration of age-appropriate works in the permanent collection.
Educator Resource: Holocaust

The Immigrant Experience
Grades 3-12

Why do people move from one country to another and what do they bring with them or leave behind? Through examination and discussion of works of art and artifacts, students consider the personal and communal experience of immigration.
Educator Resource: Immigration


Materials in Art
Grades Pre-K–5

Students view works of art made from various types of materials—from wire to window frames—and consider the choices artists make. In the studio, students experiment with everyday objects to create their own works of art.

The Art of the Book
Grades 3-12

In this studio-based workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and natural sources for pigments used in medieval book production. Students grind natural pigments such as saffron or malachite using a mortar and pestle, illuminate their own artworks with gold leaf, and view original manuscripts in the galleries.

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Image credits(top to bottom):
Rasheed Araeen (Pakistan, born 1935), First Structure, 1966-67. Painted steel 55 x 55 x 55 in. (139.7 x 139.7 x 139.7 cm) Courtesy of Aicon Gallery

Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E., Clay: hand-formed, incised, and fired
3 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 5 15/16 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.

Ken Aptekar, I Hate the Name Kenneth, 1996, Oil on wood with sandblasted glass and bolts, 69 x 120 7/8 x 3 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.

Raphael Soyer, Dancing Lesson, 1926, Oil on canvas
24 x 20 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.

Portion of a Synagogue Wall, Isfahan, 16th century CE, Faience tile mosaic
104 1/2 x 181 x 4 1/2 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.

Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, The Return of the Volunteer from the Wars of Liberation to His Family Still Living in Accordance with Old Customs (Die Heimkehr des Freiwilligen aus den Befreiungskriegen zu den nach alter Sitte lebenden Seinen), 1833-34, Oil on canvas, 34 x 37 in. The Jewish Museum, New York

Matthew McCaslin, Being the Light, 2000, Light bulbs, porcelain light fixtures, metal electrical conduit, switches, and metal receptacle box, 62 x 44 3/4 x 10 1/2 in., The Jewish Museum, New York.

Moshe Zabari, Torah Crown, 1969, Silver: raised and forged; pearls
Height: 13 1/2 in. Diameter: 15 3/8 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.

Michael David, Warsaw, 1980, Pigment and wax on Masonite
63 x 63 in. The Jewish Museum, New York

Maurycy Minkowski, After the Pogrom, c. 1910, Oil on canvas
40 7/8 x 60 in. The Jewish Museum, New York

Larry Rivers, Portrait of Vera List, c. 1965,The Jewish Museum, New York
Gift of Vera G. List, 1984-21
Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Marriage Contract, Verona (Italy), 1733, Ink and paint on parchment
29 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. The Jewish Museum, New York, Gift of Isidore M. Cohen

Plan Your Visit

The Jewish Museum - 5th Avenue
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128

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