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Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave., Madison, WI
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Museum educators work closely with teachers to design and implement programs that integrate the museum’s permanent and temporary displays with Wisconsin school curriculum standards. Approaches range from appreciation of manufacturing skills, understanding content, and aesthetic appreciation of the objects, to learning about their historical and cultural context.
Trained volunteer docents are available free of charge to guide school groups through Chazen Museum exhibitions. Several themed tours are available:
Teachers may also work with the museum’s curator of education to develop a tour specific to class needs. Docents are also available to give guided tours of temporary exhibitions. Tours are free of charge to school groups. However, appointments for tours must be made at least four weeks in advance. Tours can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; most tours last 1 hour and 15 minutes. Up to 75 students can be accommodated at one time; however, they will be subdivided into groups of no more than 12, and each group requires an individual docent. Students may sketch as part of the tour if this is requested at the time the appointment is made.
To schedule a tour, click here or contact the curator of education. If any individual in the group has special needs, the teacher should indicate this at the time of the tour reservation.
Materials for Education packets, consisting of slides and accompanying texts, are available for K–12 teachers to prepare their students for a group visit. Teachers should discuss their needs for pre-tour materials when making a tour reservation. All educators packets are mailed to the teacher one week prior to the museum visit. Teachers are requested to return these materials to the docent the day of the tour. In addition to the thematic educator’s packets, fine art vocabulary lists are provided to classes taking a gallery tour in French, German, or Spanish. Contact the curator of education for current availability.
Trained docents will travel to Dane County schools to introduce the museum and its collections to K–12 students and prepare them for a museum visit. Teachers may choose from the following outreach programs:
Using visual aids, hands-on activities, and class participation, docents will adjust content and presentation style to specific age levels. Programs may last from 45 minutes to 1 hour depending upon class length. Docent visits to Dane County schools are by appointment only and must be arranged at least 1 month in advance. Outreach programs are not self-contained; a follow-up field trip to the Chazen Museum is expected within the academic year. Educators wanting more information or wishing to arrange an outreach visit should contact the curator of education.