Docent-Led School Tours
Watch students engage with works of art as a trained musuem guide facilitates their exploration of The Ringling's art collection. A variety of themes are available for docent-led tours, each of them focused on careful looking and discussion. While the high volume of school tour requests prevents us from offering custom guided tours in the Museum of Art, we gladly work with educators to adapt our tour themes to suit students' needs and interests.Tour Availability►Docent-led Tours are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, September through May .►Reservations must be made 6 weeks prior to your visit.►Tours are available for groups of 10 or more free of charge.►Two chaperones are required for every 10 students.►Special events or time constraints may occasionally cause changes to standard tour plans. Tour Faq's►You may select from 4 different themes.►Tours are 45-60 minutes long. ►Tours typically cover 4-6 works of art.
Select Your Theme
►Meet The Ringling (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 (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: (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: (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 opportunists for rewarding discussions and discoveries.