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Reservations and Guidelines

Reservations for Children and Youth Groups

Guided Tours or Art Venture Group Time must be requested in advance by contacting Katrina King, Tours & Visitor Engagement Coordinator, at 540.204.4131 or kking[at]taubmanmuseum[dot]org.

Group Size: Minimum - 10 Students, Maximum - 100 Students

Guidelines

  • Please check testing dates, holidays, and bus availability before requesting dates for a tour.
  • Tour requests must be made three weeks in advance.*
  • You will receive written confirmation when your museum visit has been scheduled. Please review your confirmation as soon as it arrives.

*Note:  Should you need to cancel your trip, please notify the museum at least 48 hours before your program; the museum will retain a $30.00 fee for tours cancelled after this time.

Click here for a document of helpful guidelines for your tour.

 

Art Venture Group Time

Groups of 10 or more wishing to spend time in Art Venture as part of a daycare field trip, community summer camps, and spring or winter break programs will need to call ahead to reserve group time in Art Venture. Additional staff and art supplies will be provided to guide your group through the variety of activities available.

Please note that groups who do not call ahead to reserve Art Venture Group Time may still be asked to pay per child to use the facilities. Staff members will do their best to accommodate you at the time of your visit.

Duration: 60 minutes
Fee: $5 per child, chaperones are free (one per 5 children is required)

Purchase Art Venture Group Time as a gift for friends, family, and children's organizations!


Guided School and Group Tours

School Year and Summer Tour Options

Grant Funded

All Roanoke City Public Schools are free of charge.
Roanoke County Public Schools K-1st Grade school tours are free of charge.

Art Connections (Available During the School Year)

Art Connections tours offer an in-depth experience with a specific exhibit that connects the student to the art and artists by making connections between art, literature, math, science, and history through interactive lessons, creative play in Art Venture, and an art project that ties the whole experience together. Teachers also receive extended learning lessons that connect to the theme. All students receive an activity book to take home.  

Available for pre-k, elementary, middle, and high school students includes: gallery visit, an SOL based cross curricular lesson, art making activity based on our current exhibits, and exploration time in Art Venture, our interactive gallery.

Duration: 90 minutes for 2-3 classes/groups; 120 minutes for 4 classes/groups
Cost: $5 per student, teachers and chaperones are free; 1 per 10 students is required

Learning Landscapes

Available for K-5th grade students, February 28, 2015 - July 9, 2017 (Connects to the exhibit Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection)

Have you ever looked around and been amazed by your surroundings? Artists are often inspired by their surroundings, especially the great outdoors. Students are invited to explore the various landscapes in our permanent collection and learn to use their critical thinking skills to discern what they are seeing. Students will then be asked to use their imagination and create a collaged landscape of their own!

Label Me: Exploring the Museum's Permanent Collection

Available for 6-12th grade students, February 28, 2016 - July 9, 2017 (Connects to the exhibit Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection)

Students will study the various works of art from the permanent collection and learn about how a museum acquires it's collections. Students will learn to interpret and adequately express details of a chosen work of art by using observation of the work, labels, and wall text. Students will then be given the opportunity to create a response piece and label that corresponds with their chosen work of art from the permanent collection.

Fancy Feet

Available for K-2nd Grade Students, September 12, 2016 through December 30, 2016 (Connects to Art and Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection)

Students will learn about how artists use texture and layering of materials to create an imaginative design. They will incorporate their ideas into a fantasy shoe collage.  A reading of the children’s book, The Shoemaker Extraordinaire by Steve Light will enhance the experience. 

Drawing What You See in 3-D

Available for 3rd-5th Grade Students, September 12, 2016 - December 30, 2016(Connects to Art and Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection)

Students will learn about the techniques artists use to create a 2-dimensional drawing of a 3-dimensional object like a shoe.  Through practice techniques such as contour and gesture drawing students will create a line drawing of a shoe by practicing the technique of drawing what you see instead of what you think should be there.  

Form, Function and 3-D Fun: Connection Art and Engineering

Available for 6th-12th Grade Students, September 12, 2016 - December 30, 2016(Connects to Art and Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection)

Art and engineering come together to create many of the products we use in our daily lives; shoes are a good example.  Students will learn about the ways designers combine form, function and beauty to create wearable works of art!  Through gallery sketches and inspiration they will create their own 3-D wire and mixed media shoe sculpture. 

Music, Movement and Imagination

Available for K – 2nd Grade Students, September 7 – January 20, 2017 (Connects to Legacies: Honoring Artistic Luminaries from Southwestern Virginia)

The colorful undulating sculptures of Dorothy Gillespie will serve as inspiration as students learn about the way artists are inspired by color, rhythm and textures to create a sense of motion in their art. Students will create colorful abstract curled paper and ribbon sculptures that capture Gillespie’s sense of color and use of shiny reflective materials.  Interactive music and movement activities will enhance the gallery experience. 

Capturing Color: Creating a Colorful Landscape

Available for 3rd – 5th Grade Students, September 7 – January 20, 2017 (Connects to Legacies: Honoring Artistic Luminaries from Southwestern Virginia)

Artists Lyn Yeatts Gihooly and Harriet Stokes captured the Roanoke Valley’s many moods and vibrant colors.  Students will be inspired by their bold use of color and simplified forms to create their own bold oil pastel landscape drawings.  On days that weather permits, students will have the opportunity to sketch a scene from the Taubman balcony.

Geometry in Motion: Connection Math and Art

Available for 6th – 12th Grade Students, September 7 – January 20, 2017 (Connects to Legacies: Honoring Artistic Luminaries from Southwestern Virginia)

Artists Paul Ostaseski and Richard Gans use a combination of geometric and organic shapes and materials to create their sculptures. Students will study and sketch these sculptures noticing the sense of balance between the forms and materials used.  Using a combination of materials such as branches, fabric, cardboard and paper they will create their own imaginative abstract sculptures.

Artful History Tours, Progressive K-12 Lessons

Available for K – 12th Grade Students, October 1, 2016 – May 14, 2017 (Connects to Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark)

In this lesson students will explore the ways in which hair styles and hair decoration and tools such as combs, beads and barrettes are symbolic of our culture, status and personal identity.  We will discuss the ways hair and hairstyling can be an art form like sculpture or weaving.  Through stories and interactive gallery activities we will make connections to African American culture and History and the connections to hair as an art form and statement of identity through time. 

K-2nd artmaking:  Students will create a collage self-portrait using yarn, beads and jewels to personalize their hair style.  Hearing the story, Hairs by Sandra Cisneros will enhance the experience

3rd – 5th artmaking:  Students will create a self-portrait collage using yarn, beads and other decorative items to personalize their hair style.  They will learn textile weaving and braiding techniques to incorporate

6th – 12th artmaking: Students will create a collage self-portrait using hair to express their unique characteristics and values.  After hearing poetry examples such as Sandra Cisneros’s, Hairs students will create their own hair poem to accompany their portrait.  

I-Spy Preschool Tours (Available During the School Year)

I – Spy tours are specifically designed for preschool groups.  Students create and decorate a pair of binoculars then use them on their guided gallery visit.  Students are encouraged to look for details such as colors, shapes, patterns and textures.  The tour is broken into 2, 15 minute sections followed by 30 minutes in our Art Venture interactive gallery.  I-Spy tours are an effective way to reinforce early learning concepts outside the classroom.  

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $5 per student, teachers and chaperones are free; 1 per 10 students is required

Art Quest (Available During the School Year)

Art Quest tours provide teachers and students the opportunity to see the highlights of all exhibits on display. Teachers can work with the Children's Education Manager to request certain exhibits to focus on. Teachers also receive extended learning lessons that connect to the theme. All students receive an activity book to take home. 

Available for elementary, middle, and high school students includes: gallery visit, gallery scavenger hunts when appropriate, and if time permits a visit to Art Venture, our interactive gallery.

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $5 per student, teachers and chaperones are free; 1 per 10 students is required

Specialty Tours (Available During the School Year)

Specialty tours are available for 3rd-12th grade students on a variety of topics connected to classroom study including Asian Art and Japanese Printmaking, Egyptian Art and Clay Sculpture, The Art of Storytelling, and Architecture. Specialty tours are 120 minutes and include an in-depth lesson and discussion including historical and cultural significance, opportunities to view study collection items, and a related art project.

Duration: 120 minutes
Cost: $8 per student, teachers and chaperones are free; 1 per 10 students is required

Language Tours (Available During the School Year)

Join us for a linguistic experience like no other!  High School students are invited to strengthen listening and conversation skills in German, French, or Spanish while enjoying the Taubman’s fantastic exhibitions. To best enjoy the touring experience, the level of fluency can be adjusted based on individual class needs. Language tours must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Cost: $8 per student, teachers and chaperones  are free; 1 per 10 students is required

Art Venture Group Time ( Available Year-Round )

Available for groups of 10 or more wishing to spend time in Art Venture, our interactive gallery, as part of a daycare field trip, community summer camps, and spring or winter break programs.

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $5 per child, chaperones are free; 1 per 10 children is required

Art Quest Summer Tours ( Available June - August )

Choose from the following options:
Guided tour of the galleries (30 minutes) followed by hands-on activities and exploration in the Art Venture interactive gallery (30 minutes)
or
Guided tour of the galleries, including all permanent and touring exhibitions (60 minutes).

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $5 per student, teachers and chaperones free; 1 per 10 is required