K-12 Educators

Welcome back! The Hood Museum is now open to school and community audiences.

Contact the Education Department via email or call (603) 646-2131.

School Tours

Visit the museum in person – or virtually – this school year!

Engagement with works of art encourages students to investigate ideas. It fosters critical and interdisciplinary thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Above all, a museum experience is designed to nurture wonder and curiosity in students of all ages.

Tours can focus on a particular exhibition, collection, or explore a theme across cultures and time.

Suggested Thematic Tour Topics

Materiality: Tour the collection by media, choosing a particular type (painting, ceramics, printmaking, etc.), or a general tour that includes a variety of materials and processes.

Indigeneity: Introduce students to works of art by Indigenous artists from around the world.

Click here to begin planning your tour experience.

Programs for Educators

The museum offers many opportunities throughout the year for professional development. Contact hours toward recertification are provided for all experiences. For more information, contact Hood.Museum.Tours@dartmouth.edu.

Teacher Workshops

Madayin Teacher Workshop
September 28, 9:00 am–3:00 pm

This full-day teacher workshop will focus on the exhibition, Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala.  For centuries, the Yolnu people around Yirrkala in northern Australia painted their sacred ancestral clan designs on their bodies and ceremonial objects. These designs are the sacred patterns of the ancestral land itself. Yolnu describe them as madayin, a term that encompasses both the sacred and the beautiful. With the arrival of Europeans in the mid-twentieth century, Yolngu people turned to the existing medium of painting on eucalyptus bark with ochres to express the power and beauty of their culture. The result was an outpouring of creativity that continues to this day as artists find new and innovative ways to transform their ancient clan designs into compelling contemporary statements.
The workshop will offer opportunities to learn about Aboriginal Australian bark painting, experience gallery activities, participate in a related studio project, and consider ways to integrate this exciting exhibition into the curriculum. Click here to register.

Ink Reimagined Teacher Workshop
November 10, 4:00–6:30 pm
Park Dae Sung: Ink Reimagined is a groundbreaking solo exhibition of contemporary Korean ink painter Park Dae Sung. Park is a self-taught artist inspired by his extensive travels across the world, including New York, the Silk Road, and the mountains of North Korea. Featuring paintings of enormous scale, his contemplation of ancient landscapes and objects will inspire newfound appreciation for the diversity of styles possible through brush and ink. Enjoy a tour of the exhibition, related gallery activities and a session on brush and ink painting. Click here to register.

Multiple-Visit Programs

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.


Images is a program offered for regional elementary school students in grades 4 through 6 that brings groups to the museum four 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.


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.