Class Visits

We welcome class meetings in the Benton galleries that engage temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent collection.

Faculty may schedule a self-guided visit, or work with museum staff to facilitate discussion and craft related assignments. Contact Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, for more information.

First Year Experience Instructors

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Critical Looking Workshop: Sharpen observation skills, practice empathy, and engage in critical thinking at The Benton. This 50-minute workshop facilitated by Benton staff shows students how to tap their powers of observation and investigate a work of art through close looking and discussion. Offered in the museum and online.

Engage Temporary Exhibitions: Whether your focus is a specific theme or the curatorial process, Benton staff are available to introduce temporary exhibitions and guide discussion. Our class visits are rooted in direct observation and small group discussion, encouraging students to look carefully and connect works of art with larger course-related concepts and learning outcomes.

Engage the Benton’s Collection: Only a small percentage of the Benton’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 works of art is on display at any given time. Faculty may request objects from storage for class meetings at the museum. Explore our illustrated database or consult Benton staff for suggestions.  

Do It Yourself: Instructors are welcome to visit the museum with their classes during our regular open hours. Stools are available upon request for discussion in the galleries. To ensure space will be available to accommodate your class, please allow us to add your group to our calendar by scheduling your self-guided class visit online.

For sample lesson plans and activities, visit our Instructor Toolkit page.

Use the request form to schedule your class visit, which is required for groups of more than ten people (including self-guided class visits). Advance notice of at least two weeks is recommended to ensure availability of gallery space and personnel. Please allow four weeks if requesting objects from storage.