Taubman Tours & Groups
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Schedule Your Tour

Contact Tours and Visitor Engagement Coordinator Katrina King at 540.204.4131 or kking@taubmanmuseum.org.

All Grades Tour


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Art Quest

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.

Duration: 60 minutes
Availability: All Year

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Scout Badge Lessons

The museum offers scouts the opportunity to work toward their Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, or All Around Art badges!

Duration: 90 minutes
Availability: All Year
Cost: $12 per scout; Scout Leaders and Chaperones are free

Preschool Tours


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I-Spy

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
Availability: All Year
Price: $5 per student, required chaperones free (1 per 5 children required), additional chaperones $5

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Tours


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Paul Villinski Progressive Lesson

Students will be inspired by Paul Villinski's exhibition, Farther, and his use of recycled materials to create beautiful 3D sculptures. Paul Villinski's fascination with butterflies will allow students to discuss the life cycle and habitat of butterflies as well as the importance of preserving the environment by recycling. A reading of "Butterfly Park," by Elly Mackay will enhance the gallery experience. Students will then make their own butterflies from recycled newspaper.  

Duration: 90 minutes for 2-3 classes/groups; 120 minutes for 4 classes/groups
Exhibition: Paul Villinski: Farther
SOL Connections:  
Life Processes: K.6, K.7, 1.5, 2.4
Living Systems: 2.5
Earth Resources:K.11, 1.8
Geography: 1.6
Visual Arts: K.2, K.3, K.5, K.8, K.9, K.11, K.15, K.16

Availability: June 16, 2017-January 21, 2018

Price: $5 per student, required chaperones free (1 per 10 students), additional chaperones $5 per person

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Art Connections: Color Me Happy 

Students will get to explore our Play exhibition, which includes various sculptures made from crayons. A reading of “The Day the Crayons Quit”, by Drew Daywalt, will enhance their experience and get students thinking about using color in creative ways. Students will then create their own primary color crayon character and draw a colorful scene using colors in new and imaginative ways.

Duration: 90 minutes for 2-3 classes/groups; 120 minutes for 4 classes/groups
Exhibition: Play
SOL Connections:  
Matter: K.4
Life Processes: K.6, K.7, 1.5
Living Systems: 2.5
Visual Arts: K.3, K.9, K.11, K.12, K.13, K.15, K.16, K.17, 1.2, 1.4, 1.12, 1.16, 1.17, 1.19, 1.20, 1.21, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18

Availability: September 10, 2017-February 18, 2018

Price: $5 per student, required chaperones free (1 per 10 students), additional chaperones $5 per person

3rd-5th Grade Tours


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Paul Villinski Progressive Lesson

Students will be inspired by Paul Villinski's exhibition, Farther, and his use of recycled materials to create beutiful 3D sculptures. Students will investigate the use of recycled materials to create art and how this could affect the environment. We'll discuss metamorphasis and how, like the butterfly, these works morph from something undesirable to the beautiful pieces in the gallery. Students will then create their own recycled 3D scultpure in the form of a bird.  

Duration: 90 minutes for 2-3 classes/groups; 120 minutes for 4 classes/groups
Exhibition: Paul Villinski: Farther
SOL Connections:  
Life Processes: 3.4
Living Systems: 3.6, 4.5
Earth Resoureces: 3.10
Visual Arts: 3.3, 3.4, 3.20, 4.11, 4.13, 4.17, 5.4, 5.7, 5.15, 5.19

Availability: June 16, 2017-January 21, 2018

Price: $5 per student, required chaperones free (1 per 10 students), additional chaperones $5 per person

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Art Connections: Building character

Imagine living in a world where animals are made from crayons, balloons formed mystical creatures in the sky, and that you could paint with Legos. This is just the world that students will explore in our Play exhibition. Students will let their imaginations run wild and then take their ideas and translate them into a self-portrait unlike any other.

Duration: 90 minutes for 2-3 classes/groups; 120 minutes for 4 classes/groups
Exhibition: Play
SOL Connections:  
Matter: 3.3
Living Systems: 3.6d
Visual Arts: 3.14, 3.15, 3.21, 3.22, 3.23, 4.18, 4.19, 4.23, 5.15, 5.17, 5.18, 5.19

Availability: September 10, 2017- February 18, 2018

Price: $5 per student, required chaperones free (1 per 10 students), additional chaperones $5 per person

6th-12th Grade Tours


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Paul Villinski Progressive Lesson

Paul Villinski's work emphasises ideas of flight, community, and conservation. While in the exhibition, students will investigate the materials used, the scientific impact, and the personal meaning behind many of the pieces in the exhibition. A gallery activity will enhance the gallery experience before students create a bird marionette from recycled materials. 

Duration: 90 minutes for 2-3 classes/groups; 120 minutes for 4 classes/groups
Exhibition: Paul Villinski: Farther
SOL Connections: 
Earth Resources:6.9a
Life Science: LS.10, LS.11d
Biology: BIO.8d
Art History and Cultural Context: 6.9, 6.11, 7.10, 7.10
Aesthetics: 6.16, 6.17, 7.18, 7.19, 8.19, 8.20, 8.21

Availability: June 16, 2017-January 21, 2018

Price: $5 per students, required chaperones free (1 per 10 students required), additional chaperones $5 per person

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Art Connections: It's a Wrap!

Students will get a chance to explore the Play exhibition and evaluate the materials being used and how ordinary play things can be elevated to art. Students will consider various artistic decisions as they work to create their own sculptural pieces using stuffed animals, plastic wrap, and packing tape. Students will work in pairs to create one animal per pair. This is a fabulous opportunity to bring these creations back to school for display. The Extended Learning Lesson, included with the tour, gives more information on tape sculptures and how they can be created in the classroom and at home.

Duration: 90 minutes for 2-3 classes/groups; 120 minutes for 4 classes/groups
Exhibition: Play
SOL Connections: 
Visual Communication and Production: 6.2, 6.8, 8.11, AII.4
Art History and Cultural Context: 6.9, 6.10, 6.11, 7.10, 7.11, 8.14, AI.12, AII.14, AIV.12
Aesthetics: 6.16, 6.17, 6.18, 6.19, 7.18, 7.19, 8.19, 8.20, 8.21, AI.20, AI.21, AI.22, AIII.21, AIII.23
Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique: 6.15, 7.14, 7.15, 7.16, 7.17, AI.15, AIII.17, AIII.18

Availability: September 10, 2017- February 18, 2017

Price: $5 per students, required chaperones free (1 per 10 students required), additional chaperones $5 per person

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Language Tours

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

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: $8 per student, required teachers and chaperones are free (1 per 10 students), additional chaperones $5 per person
Availability: During the School Year