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All in-person programs and tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Self-guided school tours are prohibited. Learn about our COVID-19 response here.

Virtual Field Trips

Live Virtual Field Trips

Explore selected works of art from the Museum’s collection through live 45-minute or 55-minute virtual field trips facilitated by Saint Louis Art Museum educators. Themed programs invite students to observe closely, think critically, and creatively respond to artwork across cultures and time periods. Live field trips are available via Zoom (or your preferred platform) Tuesdays through Fridays between 10 am and 2:30 pm. These programs are designed with a maximum of 30 grade 3-6 learners in mind. Field trip themes and materials can be adapted for other grade levels with advance notice. Teachers may choose to register their class for the following Live Virtual Field Trip themes.

  • Art Along the Rivers offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with selected themes and artworks from the exhibition Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration, which brings together over 150 works of art from 1000 years of artistic production and collecting in the St. Louis region. This field trip invites students to explore works of art with geographical ties to Missouri and Illinois, uncovering regional stories and their relationship to national and global events.

    Full STEAM Ahead invites students to discover connections among the STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) as seen through art from across cultures and time periods. This field trip explores how artists think critically, experiment, and collaborate with other disciplines to find inventive solutions. Through the lens of art, students are encouraged to consider science, technology, engineering, and math as creative disciplines.

    Artists and the Outdoors explores how nature finds its way into art making, from depictions of the natural world to the use of organic materials in the creative process. Nature is often a source of inspiration, compelling artists to transcribe its visual effects and explore ways nature and art intertwine.

    American Stories investigates America’s multifaceted histories and cultures, and the many ways stories of the past and present can be told and interpreted in art. Through engagement with works of art, students explore elements of local and national history and consider connections to their own experiences.

    Amazing Art Materials focuses on the tools and materials artists use to design and produce their creations. By examining common art materials, such as paint, and uncommon materials, such as bottle caps, students will discover the unlimited possibilities.

Live Virtual Field Trips will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

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Self-Directed Virtual Field Trips

Self-directed virtual field trips are designed to be used by teachers and students at their own pace at school or home. They invite students to engage with 4 – 5 works of art through close looking, open-ended questions, drawing, writing, and other approaches.  Each field trip has its own theme and includes a Create Space with instructions and a video demonstration of a related art-making project.

Access the available Self-Directed Virtual Field Trip below. Additional topics will be added over time.

Storytelling in Art

On this self-directed virtual field trip, we invite you to explore artwork from the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection to uncover some of the stories they tell and even write a few stories of your own!

LeRoy Henderson, American, born 1936; Black Ballerina, 1992; gelatin silver print; image: 21 1/8 x 14 1/2 inches, sheet: 24 x 19 5/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie 158:2017; © LeRoy Henderson

Educator Resources

Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration

Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration explores the remarkable artwork produced and collected over 1,000 years in the region surrounding St. Louis, Missouri. Organized into five thematic units, the Educator Resource examines stories and works of art from the exhibition and the connections they have to regional and national history, through activities and projects designed for a variety of grade levels and classrooms.

Emmet Gowin, American, born 1941; The Abandoned and Condemned Village of Times Beach, Missouri, 1989; gelatin silver print; image: 9 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches, sheet: 11 x 14 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Emmet and Edith Gowin in honor of Eric Lutz 26:2021; © Emmet Gowin

Teacher Programs

Virtual Teacher Workshops

Storytelling in Art  
Explore connections between writing, narrative, and visual art 
Tuesday, December 7 
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm  

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the newly launched Storytelling in Art Self-Directed Virtual Field Trip and learn tools for engaging with works of art through the lens of writing and storytelling. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the theme, Storytelling in Art, followed by opportunities to practice activities designed to help students explore elements of stories in works of art, including looking prompts, open-ended questions, sketching, and movement. Participants will then make two different types of artist books for recording and sharing stories, which can be adapted for a variety of age groups and disciplines. Material kits will be provided to registrants in advance.

The workshop will be held via Zoom meeting. Participants will have the ability to share video and audio. Enrollment is free, and is on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited and enrollment requests are considered with regard to equitable school and/or school district representation. Enrollment requests are due no later than December 1, 2021.  Please contact teacherprograms@slam.org with questions.

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Additional Learning Opportunities

In addition to programs designed specifically for students and teachers, the Saint Louis Art Museum offers many free educational programs for families and adults throughout the year. Selected programs are currently being offered virtually. See the Events listing and other Learn pages for more information.

Educator Workshops

Professional development opportunities for teachers include evening and weekend workshops. Interactive gallery discussions, hands-on activities, immersive studio sessions, and a focus on interdisciplinary connections are designed to help teachers integrate the visual arts across the curriculum. Workshops highlight areas of the Museum’s encyclopedic collection as well as main exhibitions. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas as well as school administrators are invited to participate.

Photography and Video Recording in the Museum

Important notice: Until further notice, the Museum is not accepting requests for tours. This includes requests for instructor-led and student-led virtual tours of the galleries using video recording devices.

The Museum generally permits visitors to take personal photos and video recordings in the galleries and at Museum events, with some restrictions and any copyright responsibilities assumed by the visitor.

Most other photography, video recording, and livestreaming in the galleries is considered commercial photography. The Museum is not able to grant permission to teachers to undertake commercial photography at this time.

Please see the Museum’s Visitor Photography and Commercial Photography policies for more information.

Photographs of Art in the Museum Collection

To access high quality images of works of art in the Museum’s holdings for use in teaching, we encourage educators to utilize the online Collection. Often multiple views of a single object are available. Teachers can also use the online Collection live with their classes, which affords the opportunity to zoom in and out on images and toggle between multiple views of an object when they are available.

High-resolution images of many works of art in the Museum’s collection that are not under copyright can be downloaded from this website. Low-resolution images of works that are under copyright also can be downloaded, but for non-commercial, educational purposes only. An electronic form is available to inquire about the necessary permissions to use images, including requests for higher resolution formats.

In-person Student Programs and Tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19, but information about those offerings can be found below:

  • Student Programs

    Student programs engage students (and their teachers) through active participation and interdisciplinary learning in the Museum.

    Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Program – GRADES 4–5

    Investigate the Museum’s collection through this exciting multi-visit program that engages students in close observation, critical thinking, and creative responses to artwork across cultures and time periods.

    5th Grade Explorers – GRADE 5 (SLPS)

    Saint Louis Public School’s 5th grade students are invited to participate in a special single-visit, 90-minute gallery experience. Students will receive a sketchbook and pencil to engage in writing and drawing activities during their visit, and will explore art from various regions, time periods, and cultures around the globe.

    Register through our Group Visit Request Form.

    A World of Difference: Concepts of Beauty and Bias – GRADES 6–12

    Empower students with tools to identify, understand, and counteract negative bias in real-world situations using works of art. Offered in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference Institute, this program investigates issues of cultural, social, and economic bias. More information can be found here. Ongoing registration; inquire about availability at schoolprograms@slam.org.

    Exploring with the Artist – GRADES 9–12

    Exploring with the Artist is a studio workshop that brings high school students into contact with regionally, nationally, and internationally renowned contemporary artists. This program is an extraordinary opportunity for students to interact with a professional artist and learn about their background and practice. The program involves time in the galleries as well as an art-making project guided by a local artist instructor.

    If you have questions about any of the above programs, please email schoolprograms@slam.org.

    Tours

    In addition to the student programs described above, the Saint Louis Art Museum offers docent-led and self-guided tours for school groups. In the galleries students will encounter original works of art that complement and enhance classroom learning. Docents use question-based strategies to engage students in careful looking and active discussion, helping students develop their own interpretations and relate works of art to their lives. School tours are free for students, teachers, and chaperones.

    K-12 School Transportation Assistance

    The Saint Louis Art Museum provides a limited amount of transportation assistance to qualifying schools based on need and availability of funds. Requests for assistance may be made at the same time as the request to participate in a Museum K-12 program or after receiving a tour or program registration confirmation from the Museum. Please note: The Museum cannot guarantee that all submitted requests will be granted.

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Teacher and Student Programs are supported in part by the Myrtle E. Walker Fund.