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Explore our full menu of free virtual and distance learning experiences and make your reservation using our School and Youth Group Reservation form. Click across the grey tabs to learn more about how the museum has virtualized each of our standard school program offerings. We hope teachers and students will love them all. Please check back often for updates.

All reservations should be made through the online School and Youth Group Reservation form. If you need support, please reach out at the contact info below. Reservations for virtual tours and programs with materials must be made 3 weeks in advance.  In most cases, we are able to accommodate teacher date/time preferences that fall within standard M-F school-day hours.

tours@thewadsworth.org
teachers@thewadsworth.org

Visitor Services Information desk – (860) 278-2670

Once you submit a virtual school program request, you will receive a confirmation email with more details. There is currently no fee for any virtual school programming.

School Tours

We are not hosting in-person museum tours at this time. You may request a virtual tour from the theme list described below. This tour is a 45-minute docent-led experience using a slideshow and digital images on Zoom, followed by a short period of time for questions and conversation.

The Wadsworth can accommodate requests in multiple world languages including Spanish and French for some of our virtual tours. Please inquire if interested.

Tour themes are available for PreK–12 school groups. View the state and national curriculum standards addressed through our school tour program.

Story Time | Grades PreK & K
Connect reading and art through this tour designed for our youngest student visitors.
Tours for PreK and Kindergarten groups are 30 minutes.

Learning to Look | Grades K–8
This tour introduces students to the museum experience as they explore the elements of art through close looking and discussion.
Tours for Kindergarten groups are 30 minutes.

Step into the Story | Grades K–12
Students learn to “read” and interpret works of art through character, setting, and plot.
Tours for Kindergarten groups are 30 minutes.

Connecticut People & Places | Grades 3–8
Examining works of art as historical evidence, students learn about Connecticut’s rich history and culture.

American Art | Grades 3–12
Students use critical thinking skills to interpret American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Colonial period through today. Curricular connections include Colonial America and the American Revolution.

European Art | Grades 3–12
Students use critical thinking skills to interpret European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Medieval era through the early 20th century.

Myths, Stories, and Legends | Grades 3–12
Students explore myths and legends from Greece, Rome, Egypt, Asia, and America in both ancient and modern artworks.

Artwise | Grades 9–12
Students decode visual imagery, explore innovations in art, discuss the context of artworks, and experience the museum in this “Learning to Look” tour for high school students.

Studio Programs

We have converted our beloved Studio Programs into short (15-20 min) prerecorded videos that can be presented in the classroom or used for remote learning. All videos feature a museum educator in our galleries discussing 3-4 artworks. Then, the educator leads an art demonstration in the studio. Studio videos will be sent as a password-protected Vimeo link. Teachers may request a box of art materials for up to 25 students. To sign up, make a reservation using our School and Youth Group Reservation form

Animals in Art | Grades PreK-2
Explore artwork inspired by our furry friends. Create an animal artwork using collage. Featured artworks/artists: Camel (China), Cat (Egypt), Stella Snead, Marc Chagall.

Color My World | Grades PreK-2
Explore artworks that pop with color, and create your own colorful garden using collage. Featured artworks/artists: Sol LeWitt, Early American Quilt, Nicolaes van Verendael  

Art and Poetry | Grades 6–12
Explore artworks with “poetic” qualities, and learn basics of mark-making in watercolor. Featured artists: Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Njideka Akunyili Crosby.  

Drawing out the Details | Grades 6–12
Explore artworks with “poetic” qualities, and learn basics of mark-making in watercolor. Featured artists: Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Njideka Akunyili Crosby.  

STEAM: Sketch Like a Scientist! | Grades 6–12
Students will explore the intersection of art and science with the chance to draw nature specimens of their choice using pencil. Featured gallery: Cabinet of Curiosities.

Art and Writing Program (Grades 3–5)
New! Art and Writing Program (Grades 6–8)

Art and writing is an art and literacy curriculum designed around artwork in our collection. Teachers/teams will receive a Curriculum Resource workbook by mail which includes lessons, worksheets, readings, artwork images on USB, and full-color printed and digital artwork reproductions for use in your classroom. All program materials will be mailed.

Currently, there will not be a tour component included with any Art and Writing booking. We are happy to adapt the Art and Writing program curriculum as it suits your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers@thewadsworth.org if you have a thought or a question about this program.

To participate in the Art and Writing Program, make a reservation using our School and Youth Group Reservation form.

Museum on the Move: Art and Literacy Outreach Program (Grade 4)

Museum on the Move is an art and literacy outreach program available to Hartford Public School 4th graders. All materials are provided for active group discussions and writing exercises led by teachers in the classroom and art room, a docent-facilitated lesson, a docent-guided museum tour, and an art-making activity.

During the 2020-2021 school year, Museum on the Move docent classroom visit and tour will be presented virtually. The Wadsworth will supply individual workbooks for all participating teachers and students. We can also provide necessary art materials by school request.  If you are a Hartford 4th Grade teacher interested in participating in Museum on the Move, please reach out directly to teachers@thewadsworth.org