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Join us for an in person or virtual tour of Montclair Art Museum. In these participatory tours, students in preschool through high school will be guided to make observations while looking closely at artwork on view in the galleries. All tours feature artists of diverse backgrounds.
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School programs at MAM are aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards adopted in 2020. By “reading” an artwork and making observations, students interpret, analyze, and make meaning through dialogue, cultivate an appreciation for traditional through contemporary artforms, and make connections to their lived experiences.
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In the studio, students generate, conceptualize, and develop creative ideas, use the foundations of art and their personal experience to make art, and reflect on their work.
Design your experience
In person tours are available on Thursdays and Fridays.
In person KidzArt Tour & Studio (Preschool through Grade 1, 75 minutes): $10/student and chaperone + $40 booking fee
In person Tour & Studio (Grades 2-12, 2 hours): $14/student and chaperone + $40 booking fee
Virtual tours are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and use 3D imagery of the galleries using the Zoom platform. Creativity Kits filled with specialized supplies will be mailed to your school in advance. Please note that students will need access to basic supplies such as pencils, scissors, glue, markers, and crayons.
Virtual Tour (45 minutes): $4/student and teacher + $40 booking fee
Virtual Tour & Studio with Creativity Kit (60-90 minutes): $8/student and teacher + $40 booking fee
What people are saying about Virtual Tours
"Art time—time when they get to observe art and create—has been scarce since remote learning started for them. So I thank you for bringing them this. Can't wait for the next one!"
Choose a theme for your tour:
Color, Shape & Line (Preschool through grade 1 only)
Calling all museum detectives! Investigate works of art from different times and places to discover how artists utilize the building blocks of art.
Using Your Senses (Preschool through grade 1 only)
Get a unique, multisensory perspective as you experience art through your eyes, ears, and body.
Celebrating Many Voices
This tour celebrates the work of established and emerging artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color or who are in the LGBTQ community. These artists use their art to highlight issues of social justice. Tour discussions will delve into topics such as racism,and challenges faced by Native people and the LGBTQ community.
Art is Transformational
This tour explores how artists transform objects and how the exploration and creation of art can be transformational for people and their communities.
Art x Math = Creativity Multiplied
Artists and mathematicians use their own unique languages to understand the world around them. This tour explores the interaction of art and math through geometry, pattern, symmetry, and more with a focus on MAM’s collection of Native American art and the exhibition Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles.
Art & Literacy
Explore storytelling through art. This tour will focus on the special exhibition Tenacity and Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, which includes watercolors and drawings by one of America’s most admired children’s book illustrators.
The First Americans
Younger students explore Native American art, culture, and history—from ancient times through today. Older students learn how Native arts have evolved across vast regions of North America in response to social and political change, from earliest times to the present.
Places & Spaces: Landscapes in American Art
Discover the many different ways artists engage with the evolving American landscape and built environment— from traditional landscape paintings to contemporary art.
Eco Art (virtual only)
Take a walk on the wild side with a tour focused on sustainability, climate change, and animals in art—including a site-specific installation of animal sculptures and habitats made from recycled materials by the artist Federico Uribe.