K-12 Teacher-Guided Visits
The teacher-guided tour option provides you with the greatest amount of flexibility. You may explore at your own pace and determine what best meets the needs of your students. Teacher-guided groups have access to the Museum of Art, including special exhibitions; Circus Museum, Tibbals Learning Center; Ca' d'Zan and Bayfront Gardens.
What You Need to Know...► Reservations must be made 2 weeks prior to your visit.► Visits are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; year-round. ► Visits are free and available for groups of 10+ students► 2 chaperones are required for every 10 students.
Meet The Ringling
Grades: K-12 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutes
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. You will guide your students in analyzing the ideas and stories behind a selection of key works, thereby sharpening their skills of observation and interpretation. This tour will feature 4-6 works of art.
Grades: K-12 | Venue: Ca' d'Zan | Time: 10 AM only
On the following teacher-guided tour students will see history come alive as they explore the first floor of Ca' d'Zan, the Ringlings’ winter residence. They will find connections between this historic home and Florida life in the Roaring Twenties. This tour provides a unique opportunity to see inside the life of a couple who helped shape state and local history.
Grades: K-5 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutesTake 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. This tour features 4-6 works of art. View the Gallery Worksheet
We Ran Away with the Circus!
Grade 2 only | Circus Museum Visit + Performance
This teacher-guided tour option, is designed exclusively for 2nd grade classes, and is offered in partnership with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota. Students will experience both an in-school performance by real circus stars and a self-guided visit to The Ringling to view circus history first-hand. In doing so, they'll practice skills in math, social studies, language arts, and visual art while getting to know some of the entertaining cast of characters you find in a circus. A Teacher Guide with pre- and post-visit materials is available, and workbooks are provided to students who participate in the two part program.
Teachers should schedule the in-school performance by contacting Karen Bell with the Circus Arts Conservatory at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grades: 6-8 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutes
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. This tour features 4-6 works of art. View the Gallery Worksheet
Myths and Legends
Grades: 9-12 | Venue: Museum of Art | Length: 45-60 minutes
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. This tour features 4-6 works of art. View the Gallery Worksheet
Schedule Your Visit► Submit Your Tour Request► Reservations are not final until you receive a confirmation email from the Advance Sales office.► To cancel or make changes to an existing reservation, contact Advance Sales at 941-358-3180
Gallery Worksheet: Sarasota Stories
Connect The Ringling’s collection to Sarasota’s history; from real estate to the circus.
Gallery Worksheet: Learning to See
Follow this step by step approach to analyzing a work of art.
Gallery Worksheet: Creative Colors
Explore the expressive ways that color is used in art.
Gallery Worksheet: Myths & Legends
Look for literary connections between works of art and ancient Greek and Roman myths.
Gallery Worksheet: Animal Safari
Track down some amazing animals in works of art.
Map of The Ringling
A map of The Ringling to help you find your way around the estate.