The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling school tours program strives to deliver an experience that is rooted in the principles of Reggio Emilia while maintaining the traditional museum practice of Visual Thinking Strategies - affording students the opportunity to pull information out of a work of art using visual clues, and then to explore how to communicate their ideas through the use of a variety of materials also related to the materials found in our exhibitions.
- The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling welcomes school tours on Thursdays and Fridays. If teachers would like to connect to one of our galleries specifically, or to something related to particular classroom curriculum, our Education department will be happy to craft an experience specifically for your students.
- Please be advised that we require at least one month's notice for all bookings. Once you submit your school tour form our team will reach out with payment options to confirm your booking.
- Each of the following school tour options is appropriate for children of all ages. Facilitation is adapted to meet children where they are developmentally-challenged.
- 60 minutes: Includes 10 minutes in each gallery and 30 minutes of art making in the Studio Labs.
- 90 minutes: Includes 45 minutes exploring galleries, 45 minutes of art making in the Studio Labs.
- 120 minutes: Includes 60 minutes exploring galleries and 60 minutes of art making in the Studio Labs.
Imagination to Actualization
Students are led through the three galleries using visual inquiry strategies and body movement to tell stories and personally identify with the works on view. Once in the Studio Labs, students are asked to recall something from their tour, and are given no less than one minute to visualize a memory. They then have the opportunity to write or sketch their memory. Using their writing or drawing, students are given collage and building materials to actualize their memory and to tell the story of their work of art.
Students identify specific words that come to mind during the gallery tour, and create illustrated and collage squares to represent the identified words. These squares are put together to create a collective visual story or poem that is read aloud during reflection. Students have the opportunity to explain how their designed square illustrates the word they identified. These vocabulary words are discovered during the discussions that occur in the galleries.
In this workshop, students have the opportunity to engage with the Studio Labs in a self-directed way, making use of the variety of materials available to create a work of art that is related to the artwork we have on view, ie: re-purposed materials, drawing and collage implements, building materials. Students will tell the story of their work of art during the reflection portion of the workshop.