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School of Fine ArtsThe William Benton Museum of Art

Information for Teachers

School tours: 

Docent led class tours are interactive. Tours stress critical thinking, observation skills and creative evaluation through close observation and discussion of artworks. To schedule a tour, see Planning Your Group Tour.

Curriculum Connections

: Customized Curriculum Connections offer teachers a way to integrate Visual Thinking Strategies while meeting CT Curriculum Standards outside the classroom. Language Arts and Social Studies are particularly recommended. Gallery activities, related hands-on art projects or writing exercises in response to a work of art are offered. The teacher and the Museum Educator can determine the structure of the visit.

A Tour Fee for docent-led tours is $5 per person. Tour-related art making activities may require a nominal fee.

We Are Here to Assist You! Don’t hesitate to contact our Education Office to find out about our tailored curriculum connections tours, tour fees, lunch or any concerns you may have. We are happy to assist in planning for your successful class visit.

Foreign Language Tours. Parlez-vous français? Looking for a foreign language-speaking docent for your class? We are happy to announce our partnership with the Literature, Cultures and Languages Department at UConn. Advanced French students train with our Student Docent Program to give tours in French to visiting French classes from 9th grade up. We can also provide our visitors Spanish and Italian speaking docents as well!

ESL Tours Art is a universal language! Students of all ages learning to speak English will enjoy visiting the museum to experience informal conversation with English speaking docents as an important aspect of learning the language. Looking at art together provides a wealth of conversational topics for appreciation of art, daily living, emotions and more. Please contact the Education Department to tailor a visit or series of visits.