Schools & Educators
GRAM offers docent-led tour experiences for youth and school groups that promote critical thinking and literacy skills while fostering an appreciation for works in the Art Museum’s collection. Through an emphasis on student centered learning and critical dialogue, GRAM tours enhance analytical skills vital to art studies, as well as all other areas of the school curriculum.
Tour themes include:
- Picturing America: Social Studies Through the Eyes of Artists
Connect paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, Richard Diebenkorn, and other artists in the Art Museum’s permanent collection to the U.S. and Michigan History curriculum. Consider themes such as the American landscape, social/political structures, and westward expansion on a tour that teaches students strategies for critical literacy.
- Learning to Look: Constructing Meaning Through Observation
Analyze the formal qualities of art to gain a complete understanding of the art-making process. By identifying and discussing elements and principles such as composition, color, line, texture, scale, proportion, balance, contrast, and rhythm, students will unlock the choices artists make to tell their stories.
- Nature Revealed: Exploring the Relationship Between Nature, Sustainability,
Investigate the relationship between nature and the visual arts and acquire the observation skills needed to interpret and find meaning in art. Discover how works on view at the world’s first LEED Gold certified art museum, depict different responses to nature including awe, fear, control, wonder, domination, curiosity, and more. Through careful observation, students will discuss how artists have portrayed landscapes / the environment and what emotions or ideas they evoke.
Self – Guided Tours:
Lead the museum experience yourself by registering your students for a self-guided tour. Explore the museum’s collection and special exhibitions at your own pace while focusing on works directly related to your group’s interests.
For more information regarding professional development offerings contact the School Programs Coordinator at email@example.com or 616.831.2928.