Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum holds a world-renowned collection that focuses on American art and illustration from the 19th century to the present as well as the British Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century. Guided tours of the Museum’s permanent collection are divided into themes for distinct educational levels. Teachers determine which theme to pursue, and if they wish, they can customize the tour to their specifications (e.g., the works, artists, or styles of art to be presented). Tours last 60–90 minutes, depending on grade level and the needs of the group. School Theme Tours meet Delaware Department of Education Curriculum Standards in a variety of subjects, including Visual Arts, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.
Glory of Stories Glory of Stories introduces children to the Museum through storytelling and hands-on art projects. Following a story reading, Museum guides lead students to select works of art in the collection. Following a tour, children create their own work of art in the Bank of America Studio Wing. Limited to 50 students. This tour option is offered throughout the week and is by reservation only. In order to prepare for your visit, see below for a list of tour themes.
Pirate Girl, by Cornelia Funk
The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel S. Pinkwater
My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss
Watercolor and Oil Pastel Resists
Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Mouse Color Palettes
Meet the Museum This tour is designed to introduce children to the collections of the Delaware Art Museum. Stories, gallery games, and other learning aids are utilized to help young visitors better understand art and art museums.
The Artist’s Language Learn how the basic elements of design (line, color, shape, and texture) work together as a visual language.
Community and Creativity Visually connect students to a variety of communities through art. This tour is designed to help children identify what characteristics make up communities by looking at different types of places and people that are depicted in art. Left: However, after six days..., 1915 Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945) Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches Delaware Art Museum, Special Purchase Fund, 1920
Face to Face What can you learn from a portrait? A portrait can tell us a great deal about the life and times of the subject. This tour guides students through the genre of portraiture, discussing various uses of a portrait and how the artist presents the subject using surroundings, clothing, facial expressions, and gesture.
Learning to Look How can we learn to see more when we look at art? Students explore the Museum’s collections through activities and discussions focused on looking at, thinking about, and responding to works of art.
Painting with Words In this lesson students build their vocabularies and stretch their imaginations while responding in writing to works of art. Students will enhance their knowledge of literature and hone their own language and writing skills with the creation of poems and stories in the galleries. Ideal for language arts students.
Delaware’s Artistic Heritage The Brandywine Valley has a rich artistic legacy. This tour focuses on artists from the Brandywine area, including Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Frank Schoonover. Viewing images that present universal themes and historical events, students will create their own stories in addition to deciphering those of Howard Pyle and his students.
Highlights of the Permanent Collections Students will enjoy discussing key works of art highlighting the Delaware Art Museum’s permanent collection. The History of American Art Explore the extraordinary variety and richness of the histories and cultures that make up our country’s past and present. The nation’s diversity is revealed through discussion of works of art, their themes and styles, and the cultural values they represent. Contemporary Art and Sculpture Students will explore the many diverse art movements and mediums of the twentieth century. Victorian Life and the Pre-Raphaelites Who were the Pre-Raphaelites? In 1848, seven young men formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, inspired by the art of medieval times, nature, and a broad range of literary sources. In this tour, students will learn about various Pre-Raphaelite artists, their inspirations, and how their art reflected concern over social problems caused by the Industrial Revolution.
Traveling exhibitions visit the Museum for a limited time period throughout the year. For a list of upcoming temporary exhibitions, click here.
Following your tour, students can create an art project in the Museum’s studio wing. Additional cost: $1 per student. Offering is based on size of group and requested date. Art activities are only available for grades K–6. Minimum 10 students and maximum of 50 students required for art activities.
Bag Lunches may be eaten outdoors on the Museum Terrace if weather permits. Indoor facilities for student lunch are NOT available.
Guided Tour Each Student: $5.00 Each Chaperone: Free Chaperone/Student ratio for grades K-3 is 2:10 Chaperone/Student ratio for grades 4-12 is 1:10
Guided Tour with Art Activity Each Student: $6.00 Each Chaperone: Free Chaperone/Student ratio for grades K-3 is 2:10 Chaperone/Student ratio for grades 4-12 is 1:10