Docent-Led School Tours
Based in the Museum of Art, our docent-led tours explore The Ringling’s art collection. Based on your students’ age and interests, you are asked to select one of our themed tours. The Ringling’s educators and docents have developed these school tours using select works of art from the permanent collection to support your curriculum. Teaching resources are available for each tour. The Museum appreciates your flexibility and strives to create the best possible visitor experience.
Availability of Docent-Led Tours
- Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, August through May
- Reservations must be made 6 weeks prior to your visit
- Tour Times: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
- Free admission for groups of 10 or more
- 2 chaperones are required for every 10 students
About Our Docent-Led Tours
- You may select from 4 different tour themes.
- Tours last between 45 and 60 minutes and cover 4-6 works of art.
- We will adapt tour content wherever possible to best suit your students' needs.
- Museum staff will contact you prior to your tour to review logistical details and content.
- Special events or time constraints may occasionally cause changes to standard tour plans.
Schedule Your Tour
- You may schedule your school tour by submitting the School Tour Reservation Form
- Your reservation is finalized when you receive a confirmation email from our Advance Sales office.
- If you need to cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, please contact Advance Sales at 941-358-3180.
Select Your Tour
Meet John and Mable, The Ringling Collection: Suitable for All Grade Levels
This tour introduces students to The Ringling and its influential founders, John and Mable Ringling. Students will learn about the legacy of this impressive local couple and explore the art collection that they brought to Sarasota. Your docent will guide students in analyzing the ideas and stories behind a selection of key works, thereby sharpening their skills of observation and interpretation.
Animal Safari: Suitable for Grades K-5
Take a scholarly safari! During this tour, students search for amazing animals in works of art. Regal lions, prancing horses, devoted dogs and curious cats are just some of the creatures on display. Learn about the roles that animals play in our lives and in art, and compare the different ways that artists have depicted our furry, scaly, and feathery friends.
Creative Colors: Suitable for Grades 6-8
Color has always been one of the most important elements in the artist's tool box. By examining works in the galleries, students will see how artists use color to set a mood, define a character, or convey symbolic meaning. During this tour, students will have the opportunity to develop new vocabulary and use visual thinking skills to discuss color in art.
Myths and Legends: Suitable for Grades 9-12
Explore myths and legends from throughout history with this tour. Students will learn about the lives and loves of heroes, gods, and other mythological and historical figures through their depiction in paintings and sculptures. By connecting works of art to students' knowledge of ancient history, literature and contemporary culture, this tour creates opportunites for rewarding discussions and discoveries.