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Discover shapes and patterns that will make you say “Ge-O-My!” during a docent-guided, geometry-themed tour of the Museum, and then go hands-on at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with guided exploration and play.
What do art, science, and technology have in common? Design! Immerse students in the creative design process, inspired by architect Santiago Calatrava. After exploring the Calatrava-designed addition to the Museum, students visit Discovery World for an adventure in prototyping and industrial automation in the Rockwell Automation Dream Machine.
Extend your MSO Concert for Schools experience with a docent-guided tour of the Museum’s works of art that relate to concert themes. See complete list of program dates, concerts, and tour topics.
One day only! Wisconsin history comes alive in an interactive performance by storyteller/performer Bob Kann, and in works of art from the Museum’s Collection. This program is completely connected to state history curriculum and includes everything from artifacts and folk art to Wisconsin legends such as Harry Houdini, and weird-but-true inventions (ice cream sundaes, anyone?).
The environment, and your imagination, plays an important role in unearthing the history of sculpture. Learn sculpture inside and out—or better said, indoors and outdoors!—at these two important Milwaukee institutions.
This tour, inspired by Milwaukee Writing Project teaching strategies and grounded in the Six Traits of Writing framework, introduces the Museum as a place of inspiration for writing. After receiving their own Museum journal/sketchbooks, students look closely at works of art, using a variety of writing skills, developing a descriptive word bank, and practing “low stakes” writing..
Take a field trip to the movies! See a film screening with Milwaukee Film, such as the animated French film Le Tableau, where paintings come to life. The experience includes discussion with filmmakers and educators, at the Landmark Oriental Theatre or the Fox Bay Cinema and Grill. Then, visit the Museum for a tour of the Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery exhibition, Animation: Art Goes to the Movies, and connect works of art to filmmaking.
Young writers and artists use the Museum as inspiration for first person narrative writing or sketch in this one-day, statewide conference. Through brainstorming, drafting, revising, led by experienced teachers and working with peers, they produce a finished manuscript or sketch that is then published. The Museum collaborates with the Kettle Moraine School District for this special program.
This daylong, regional conference follows the same format as the Art of Writing! (see above) but is geared towards individual students, or groups of students registered through their school by sponsoring teachers.
A visit to the Herzfeld Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Center offers a special opportunity to get up-close and personal with works on paper. Create a custom list or choose from the following themes: African American artists; architecture; figures and portraits; history and techniques of photography; history and techniques of printmaking; Latin American artists; modern and contemporary art; mythology; natural sciences; and women artists.
Prepare your Visual Arts Classic team with a workshop at the Museum. Students will explore the history and context of works of art that either relate to or are by artists in the competition theme. (Please note: Many, but not all of the artists in the theme are represented in the Museum’s Collection.)
For more than thirty-five years, the Junior Docent School Program has introduced elementary school students to the vocabulary, elements, and history of art while developing critical thinking skills. Over three consecutive years, students visit nine times, contextualizing art into their life. After a culminating project presented to their peers and family, they become official Junior Docents!