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:
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 five 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 five 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.