New opportunities for cross-curricular K-12 tours

The Fleming Museum of Art is excited to share this new pilot program of K-12 Guided Tours, designed for classes across the curriculum to engage with meaningful objects from the Fleming’s collection. Students will visit 3-5 stops so there is ample time for them to look closely at objects, share their curiosity, and discuss relevant themes and questions so they may reflect on the roles that objects play in their own lives. These conversations are led by students’ shared observations about an object; in response, the educator will weave in information about the stories these objects tell through materials, making techniques, and context. The thematic questions framed in these brief descriptions give an idea of how we will structure the conversation driven by student interests.

Small Worlds and Global Miniatures exhibitions

Detail image of Joe Fig's minmiature artwork of Ivan Albright's studio

Miniatures are irresistible for how they inspire curiosity, wonder and sometimes even uneasiness. Looking at them together helps us appreciate the many possible perspectives and reactions to these peeks into artists’ imaginations. How do they spark our imaginations to discover new interests in familiar places? We hope students will leave the exhibit excited to turn everyday tiny objects into artworks of their own.

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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 has 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 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 Life of an Object in Native American Art

Detail from a Native American Chilkit Blanket

Objects have 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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Storytelling in Asian Art

Detail of a Japanese art print featuring a samurai warrior

Does the story create an object, or the other way around? Students will investigate how sculpture, watercolor, ceramics, costumes, and masks create different experiences with the stories being told. These objects from India, Burma, China, and Japan can help us understand the variety of personal experiences we can have with a work of art, depending on its qualities: if it’s large or small, 3-D or 2-D, performed, worshipped, or buried, and more.

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Art and American History

Detail from Hilda Belcher's Chicken Pie Supper painting

The visual culture of an era gives us evocative pictures of how people participated in history as it was happening: how they saw themselves and others; how they constructed fantasies, propaganda, and memories about events; and more. Based on a class’s interests in a social studies or language arts class, students will look at artworks from the period as a means of investigating multiple perspectives about a historical or cultural event, so as to re-examine our own ways of understanding the past and present.

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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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Natural Wonders of Vermont

Detail of Mount Mansfield by Charles Louis Heyde

Trace 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 special exhibitions that show Vermont in miniature, students will write poetry and sketch as a means of exploring their personal relationship with nature.

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Legacies of the Ancient World

Roman head sculpture from the Ancient Collection

Specially designed for classes that are studying Greek and Roman history and culture, this tour will spend time in the small special exhibition Behind the Schemes: When Helen of Troy Came to UVM, an innovative performance of a classical myth using an electric lyre and 3D-printed masks. Students on the tour will discuss how those classical stories and ideas gain new relevance through their contemporary adaptations in performance, art, and architecture.

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Portraiture and Identity

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 and 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, outside-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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Animals in Art

Detail of a painting featuring a Saint Bernard guarding a sleeping baby

Dogs, fish, snakes, cats: these animals appear in artworks across time and place. What can we learn about a culture’s values and beliefs from seeing the way they depict—and use—animals in the objects they hold dearly? Students will visit Egyptian, Asian, pre-Columbian, and European art galleries as they practice making comparisons and distinctions as a way of understanding the varieties of human-animal relationships.

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Science and Technology in Ancient Egypt

Detail of a French print of the Sphinx and a pyramid

What can we learn about ancient Egyptian culture by studying its scientists and engineers? Students will explore how ancient Egyptians experimented with different materials like wood, linen, clay, and stone as they crafted objects for both everyday and ceremonial use. This tour features hands-on interactions with artifacts and materials, so students study through touch, making, and drawing.

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Trading Technologies

A top-down view of a shallow green Korean bowl

Take a deeper look at the science of ceramics to learn how Chinese, Japanese, Persian and European scientists and artists have sought out each other’s technologies to make exquisite vessels. As they’re shaped, painted, and glazed, these vessels tell stories of their technologies that have been transmitted, adapted, and refashioned over centuries. Their designs let us study how cultures encountered and interacted with one another as they sought out objects for trade across continents.

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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. Activities include bookmaking, weaving, printmaking, and more.

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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; additional chaperones after the 7:1 ratio is fulfilled pay $5 each. There is no charge for teachers or school staff.

Scheduling

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

Ande Tagliamonte, Museum Educator

Phone: (802) 656-0549