Engaging with original works of art offers your students the chance to experience the diverse ideas and creativity embodied there, and to improve their visual literacy.
While the museum is closed for expansion, tours at Hood Downtown, the Orozco murals, and public art on campus are available to school groups and the public, free of charge. Tours actively engage visitors with original works of art and improve their visual literacy.
If you would like to receive information about our tours and other programs directly via our mailings and email announcements, please contact the Education Department.
Current tours include the following:
Sin-ying Ho: Past Forward
In this discussion-based tour, students will look at the work of contemporary artist Sin-ying Ho, whose ceramic vessels of varied shapes and sizes fill Hood Downtown. Ho has lived in Hong Kong, Canada, and, most recently, New York. Her work juxtaposes the fluid forms and recognizable decorations of the centuries-old porcelain painting traditions of Jingdezhen, China, with modern ideas and imagery from a globalized world.
Students will learn about ancient and contemporary ceramics techniques, explore the relationship between old and new art forms, and discover how this artist transforms familiar shapes, images, icons, and commercial brands to depict the intersection of Western and Eastern cultures.
This tour is recommended for students of all ages.
Hood Downtown closes in September. This will be the final opportunity to bring your class to the Hood’s Main Street exhibition space. To schedule a tour, please contact us at [email protected] or call (603) 646-1469.
The Orozco Murals
José Clemente Orozco, one of the three most famous Mexican muralists, came to Dartmouth in the early 1930s and painted the fresco cycle The Epic of American Civilization in Baker Library. In this mural, Orozco depicted his interpretation of the history of the Americas, from ancient Aztec culture through the arrival of Cortéz and into the early 20th century. Tours of this dynamic work addresses issues of class, cultural conflict, education, religion, and power.
This tour is recommended for students in grades six and above.
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The museum may be closed for expansion and renovation, but there are still wonderful works of art to explore!
Outdoor sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly, Clement Meadmore, Kiki Smith, Mark di Suvero, Allan C. Houser, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro and others dot the campus. These works are primarily abstract and address many curricular topics, including Native American art and culture, women’s rights, and concepts in geography, math, and science. Each work enlivens the surrounding space and draws our attention to the architecture of nearby buildings. Tour experiences will feature a selection of works and can include looking, sketching, creative writing, and art activities.
This tour is recommended for students of all ages.
How to Schedule a Group Tour
- Choose the exhibition or area of the collection that best meets the needs and interests of your students and curriculum. (See the current tour descriptions for more information.)
- Choose possible dates and times that you would like to visit.
- Contact the Education Department a few weeks in advance via email or at (603) 646-1469.
- After your visit is scheduled, you will receive confirmation materials by email. Please read them carefully; they contain important information about arrival details, directions and parking, and chaperone expectations.
- Before your visit, a museum docent (tour guide) will contact you to learn more about your goals and expectations for your visit.
Our workshops equip teachers to integrate learning through the visual arts into their classrooms. We supply a range of resources to help connect our current exhibitions with New Hampshire and Vermont state curricula. Participants are also eligible for contact hours toward teacher recertification.
Workshops related to exhibitions at Hood Downtown, the Orozco fresco and other art on campus will be offered periodically during the museum closure. If you would like to receive information about our workshops directly via our mailings and email announcements, please contact the Education Department.
In addition, the museum offers many free programs, including lectures and gallery talks, throughout the year. For specific dates and times, visit our events calendar.
The Hood Museum of Art offers two multiple-visit programs for elementary school students: ArtStart (for grades 1–3) and Images (for grades 4–6). Each program offers a journey of discovery, creativity, and expression. Guided explorations and interactive teaching in the museum enable students to develop critical-thinking skills for interpreting works of art and relating them to their lives.
While the museum is closed for expansion, Hood Downtown, the Orozco murals, and public art on campus are available to school groups and the public, free of charge.
Images is a program offered for regional elementary school students in grades 4 through 6 that brings groups to the museum six times during the year. Each visit includes time in the galleries, where students learn from and discuss original works of art with a professional museum educator. Afterward, in the studio, students complete a hands-on art project that relates to what they looked at and learned in the galleries.
Images is an innovative art education program that provides students with valuable skills for analyzing and interpreting works of art and increases their understanding and appreciation of the history, customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions of cultures and peoples from around the world.
Our Images program guide provides additional information about the program, including the topics of the six museum visits.
ArtStart is a multiple-visit program designed for students in grades 1 through 3. Participants visit the museum four times during the year. During each visit, students spend time in the galleries exploring art objects from around the world and in the studio creating their own works of art.
Our ArtStart program guide provides additional information about the program, including the topics of the four museum visits.
- Do not touch works of art. Your touch may not seem like much, but even the slightest contact can damage the surface of a painting, discolor stone, and even rust metal.
- Keep a safe distance between you and each work of art. This helps to avoid accidental touching or bumping.
- Use only pencils. If an accident should occur, a pencil mark is easier to remove than a pen mark. Members of the security and visitor services staff are happy to provide a pencil if you would like to write or draw during your museum visit. Be careful not to point with your pencil or other objects; this can endanger works of art.
- No leaning on walls or cases (either to write or for physical support). This helps keep works of art hung on the walls or displayed in cases safe. Feel free to sit on the benches or the floor as you talk, write, or draw.
- No food, drink, or gum is allowed in the galleries. The art in the museum will provide plenty of food for thought as well as a feast for the eyes!
- Running, pushing, and roughhousing are not allowed in the museum. Appropriate museum behavior is necessary to avoid accidentally bumping into and damaging works of art.
- Photography We welcome visitors to photograph or videotape works of art owned by the Hood Museum of Art (Trustees of Dartmouth College) for personal use only. No flash, please! Please be aware that occasionally a “no photography” symbol on a label adjacent to a work of art or at the entrance to an exhibition indicates that photography is prohibited for that work or exhibition.
Thank you for observing these rules to help keep the art safe!