• A student paints an Egyptian ankh symbol on a piece of papyrus.

  • A group of elementary students view paintings in the European/American gallery.

  • A young student takes part in a gallery tour and activity sheet.

K-12 Tours for Fall 2019

In the single-gallery and thematic tours, students will visit 3-5 stops so there is ample time for them look closely at objects, share their curiosity, and engage in conversations about the questions and themes framed in the tour descriptions. These conversations are led by students’ shared observations about an object; in response, the educator will weave in information about the stories the object tells through its materials, making techniques, and context. The thematic questions framed in these brief descriptions give an idea of how we’ll structure the conversations driven by student interests.

After you submit a tour request, Fleming educators will contact you to confirm the scheduled date and send any additional information. Fleming educators will also email teachers a few days before the tour to see if there are any special requests, so that the experience feels relevant to your class’s interests and inquiries.

Introduction to the Museum: How Did This Get Here?

Detail of the Assyrian Relief

This introductory tour for all ages explores some of the fascinating histories of some of the well-known and surprising objects in the museum. The tour will highlight not only the stories of how a mummy ended up in Vermont or why a sculpture is fractured in an interesting way, but also how the museum learns about its objects and what mysteries continue to perplex us.

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Up for Debate: What Makes This Art?!

Detail of Lichtenstein print

This introductory thematic tour for all ages takes visitors to some popular pieces in order to provoke spirited debates about authenticity, artists’ intention, beauty vs. utility, cultural values, and more. At each stop, students will be playfully challenged to debate and reconsider their own personal values—does it have to be an original work of art? can an object used every day count as art?—and learn about some of the quirks of the collection.

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Art, Identity, and Social Justice

Antony Gleaton, "Un hijo de Yemayá (A Child of Yemaya)"

The artists in the Fleming’s two special exhibitions—Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul and Resist! Insist! Persist!—use photography and prints to provoke viewers to consider their values and the ways they define their identities, commitments, and connections to other people.

Museum educators will consult with teachers during the tour scheduling process to choose appropriate social justice subjects that will resonate with the class in an age-appropriate way, as there are a number of works that address war, violence, sexuality, and other issues and we want to give you a heads-up about scaffolding them for students.

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Ways of Knowing in Ancient Egypt

Detail from the ancient Egyptian sarcophagus

Investigate images, hieroglyphs, and the important objects used by the ancient Egyptian people to understand life and the afterlife. Students will discuss how our understanding of these objects and their meaning evolved since their excavation. How do we see the objects differently from the way the ancient Egyptians did? How does our knowledge of these ancient objects change through new approaches, technologies, and perspectives?

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Ancient Writing and Communication

Detail of ancient scipt from the Assyrian relief

Is writing more than words? As students look at Chinese bronzes, Gandharan fragments, Assyrian cuneiform, and Egyptian hieroglyphs on objects that have vivid picture-based stories, they will consider the interplay between writing and images. They will learn about scribes and cultures of writing to communicate authority, spiritual beliefs, and historical storytelling for future generations—like us—to interpret.

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The Lives of Objects in Native American Art

Detail from a Native American Chilkit Blanket

Objects take a long journey before they arrive at the museum and an even longer journey in the traditions of their makers. Students will look at projectile points, pots, ritual garments, blankets, and baskets made by indigenous peoples of North America, as they consider the past and present lives of these objects as they’re crafted, used, obtained, and displayed.

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Meaningful Materials in Asian Art

Detail of a Japanese art print featuring a samurai warrior

Bronze, basalt, porcelain, lacquer, brocade, watercolor: these evocative materials tell striking stories of creative innovation to transform the natural world. Students will learn about how these materials shaped spiritual beliefs, trade relationships, and ideas of cultural value across Asia and South Asia.

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Natural Wonders of Vermont

Detail of Charles Louis Heyde's Mount Mansfield.

Study the long history of Vermont’s deep relationship with the natural world, as seen by artists and makers. As they visit the Native American galleries, the New England gallery of landscape paintings, and the Marble Court, students will consider how farmers, miners, landscape painters, poets, and nature enthusiasts have reinterpreted the land over time.

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Lines, Shapes, and Patterns

Detail from a Sol LeWitt drawing in the Fleming Museum

Students will visit the Native American, Islamic, Asian, and contemporary art galleries to trace the way that people have used repetition to create designs in a variety of artistic forms. Students will practice tracing and drawing their own designs as a creative response to these designs, as they consider concepts of repetition, spacing, patterning, and scale.

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Legacies of Greece and Rome

Roman head sculpture from the Ancient Collection

Students will discuss the ways that classical stories and ideas gain new relevance through their contemporary adaptations in architecture, sculpture, ceramics, and fashion. Specially designed for classes that are studying classical history and mythology, this tour. The tour ends with a design challenge to imagine an innovative way to reinterpret the Fleming’s classical architecture, vase forms, and fragments.

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Thinking about Identity: Portraits and Masks

Detail of Lambert Doomer's Couple with a Globe painting

If someone painted a portrait of you, what would you want them to highlight as the face you present to the world? What kind of portrait would you paint of yourself? What kind of mask would let you hide part of your public face, while also revealing other qualities in a creative way? As students explore how artists let us display and perform different facets of identity, they’ll select and share artworks that let them talk about what matters to them personally.

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Art of Storytelling

Detail of the painting The Quarry by Francis Colburn

Every object in the museum tells a story—but every visitor tells one, too. Students will get to know works of art in the collection through brief creative prompts designed to create surprising, out-of-the-box responses to works of art they may never have considered deeply before. These creative responses highlight the value of our personal connections with a work, so it becomes a catalyst for our own storytelling.

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Materials and Technology in Ancient Egypt

Detail of a French print of the Sphinx and a pyramid

Students will explore how ancient Egyptians experimented with different materials like wood, linen, clay, and ceramics as they crafted objects for both everyday and ceremonial use. This tour features hands-on interactions with real artifacts like shabtis, vessels, amulets, linen, and seals, so students can explore how ancient Egyptians developed creative, innovative technologies with and for mass production, communication, and preservation.

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Adapting Architecture: How Buildings Change Shape

The Fleming Museum of Art's Marble Court

This tour focuses on adaptive design: how generations of people shape the spaces that matter to them to suit a variety of needs. The two main case studies on the tour are the classical pillars and marble flourishes in the Fleming Museum itself and the changing shapes of Vermont barns and houses, as seen in the New England gallery. The tour ends with a design challenge to imagine a way to display an architectural fragment in an innovative way.

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Museum self-guided tour

Students examine the Assyrian relief in the Museum's Marble Court

If you'd like students to pursue their own curiosities through personal exploration, rather than group conversation with an educator, we recommend the self-guided tour option. You can also add a half hour (or more) of self-guided exploration to a field trip after a guided tour, if you'd like your class to have both social and personalized learning time.

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Art activities enhance learning!

A young student completes an art activity on papyrus paper

Make the most of your visit with a two-hour museum tour + art activity. Students will spend one hour on one of these listed tours, followed by a related art activity in the museum’s classroom. Art activities are designed for students to creatively explore materials and making techniques discussed on the tour.

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Tour Options

There are three options for visiting the Museum with your students:

  • One-hour guided tour: Select a tour theme from the options listed on the tour request webform
  • Two-hour Museum Workshop is a one-hour guided tour + one-hour art activity: Select a tour theme from the options listed on the tour request webform. Students will spend one hour in the galleries, followed by a one-hour art activity related to the tour’s theme in the museum education classroom.
  • Self-guided visits by teachers are welcome, but must be scheduled in advance with the Education Department.

Download our current K-12 Tours brochure (PDF)

Program fees and Chaperones

  • One-hour guided tour: $4 per student [$32 minimum for the group]
  • Two-hour Museum Workshop guided tour + art activity: $7 per student  ($63 minimum / 9 students)
  • Self-guided visit: $2 per student
  • The museum requires one chaperone for every seven students. Chaperones are admitted free of charge. There is no charge for teachers or school staff.


To schedule a visit, submit a K-12 Tour Request web form. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance so that we can check availability of staff and spaces.
Fleming educators will then contact you to confirm scheduling, payment, and accessibility information. Any questions about scheduling or connections to standards? Send an email to flemingtours@uvm.edu or call (802) 656-0549 to speak with a Fleming educator.

Important visit information

  • The galleries can fit 18 students at one time, so larger groups will be split up to tour with multiple Fleming educators. If you have a group larger than 36 students, we recommend the self-guided tour option.
  • For students to pursue their own interests after a guided tour, schedule an extra half hour of self-guided time.
  • Students can use pencils only—no pens or art supplies—in the museum galleries.
  • There is limited space for lunch in the museum education classroom.
  • If you have questions about accessibility for your group, we will actively look to address your needs for interpreters, elevators, quiet spaces, and other needs.
  • Download a campus map for bus parking (PDF)

Contact Us:

Alice Boone, Curator of Education and Public Programs

Kristen Littlefield, Museum Educator

Phone: (802) 656-0549