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Homeschool Visits

Join us for Homeschool Third Thursday!

On the third Thursday of the month, join The Ringling for a FREE hands-on learning program, designed for homeschooling families and small groups. During this interactive program, families will explore 5-6 stations in the museum where you’ll learn about works of art, how art connects to other subject areas like English language arts, and try new art techniques. Each program is accompanied by background information for the adults, discussion questions to ponder over as a family, and additional lesson plans and activities to continue the learning at home.

Visit as a group

Large Homeschool co-ops groups are welcome to visit the museum as part of our FREE school visit program. A minimum of ten students is required, and students must be of similar age to participate in a guided tour. For more information on school visits for large groups, please visit ringling.org/free-school-visits

Visit as a family

Want to visit more often, making The Ringling a regular part of your curriculum? The Museum of Art is FREE on Mondays or for more flexibility and additional benefits consider purchasing a Family Membership! For more information on Memberships visit https://www.ringling.org/membership

Check out our FREE family programs offered weekly for additional hands-on learning opportunities at ringling.org/events-type-family-programs.  

Upcoming Homeschool Third Thursday Programs 

Tickets are available 30 days prior to the program date. Please note this program is self-guiding September 2021 – January 2022. Facilitated experiences and art making will return beginning February 2022. Reserve Tickets

September 16, 2021 | Circus STEAM
Join us to learn more about the science behind the circus! We will be exploring the Circus Museum and learning about the physics behind performers’ bodies, the technological developments that changed the circus, the engineering that coordinated the movements of the circus, the art of circus advertising, and the math involved in running the circus day-to-day! 

Please note that this is a self-guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

October 21, 2021 | Stories in Art
Storytelling is part of what makes us human. We tell stories as a way to connect to the past, to dream for the future, and to build bridges between us. In this self-guiding program, homeschoolers will explore five works of art that tell stories through myths, poetry, symbolism, and mood.  

Please note that this is a self-guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

November 18, 2021 | Breaking the Mold, Exhibition Spotlight: Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculptures
Delicate, glossy and small objects typically make up traditional lacquerware, but these artists aren’t afraid to break the mold!  In this self-guiding program, homeschoolers and their families are invited to explore the exhibition Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture and discover the versatility of lacquer through sculptures large, small, realistic and abstract. 

Please note that this is a self-guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

January 20, 2022 | Human Movement: Exploring Human Migrations through Art
Humans have always engaged in exchanges. Goods and ideas have travelled the world through trade, human immigration and migration, and the written word. Humanity is constantly on the move. Travel through The Ringling’s galleries to learn more about human movement through migration, trade, immigration, refugee-seeking and forced migration through art. 

Please note that this is a self-guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

February 17, 2022 | Kaleidoscope of Color
Color is a building block in the artist’s toolkit, and different art movements have approached the use of color in different ways. During this interactive program, homeschool families will explore The Ringling’s collections through a colorful lens, exploring how artists from the Baroque to Color Field Movements have used color in dazzling and delightful ways. 

March 17, 2022 | Women in the Circus
March is Women’s History Month and this year we’re exploring the important role women played in circus history. Learn about circus greats like equestrian May Wirth, aerialist Lilian Leitzel, and human cannonball Silvana “Cha Cha” Zacchini. Students will learn about these amazing women and more, and discover how phenomenal performers challenged traditional gender roles in the early 20th century. 

April 21, 2022 | Explore the Center for Asian Art
The Ringling Museum of Art is known internationally for its extensive European collection, featuring famous artworks and artists from the Baroque period. But did you know The Ringling also has an amazing collection of art from Asia? Join us as we travel through the Center for Asian Art, discovering treasures from Asia’s past and present. 

May 19, 2022 | Exhibition Spotlight: Metadata
Have you ever wondered how images are tracked and used on the internet, what artificial intelligence has to do with art, or what hidden meanings a photograph has beneath the image itself? Explore the exhibition Metadata at The Ringling and discover artists who are asking big questions about what type of information is embedded within an image. During this interactive program we’ll explore the exhibition, discuss art in the context of coding, artificial intelligence, bias in technology, surveillance, and hidden meanings and try our hand at creating metadata works of art all our own.

 

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