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Virtual School Visits

All virtual tour programs are completely free. Virtual school tours bring The Ringling right into your classroom! Choose between facilitated Live Virtual School Tours and On-Demand Video Tours. Live Virtual Tours are facilitated by a skilled museum educator and offer high levels of interactive engagement through reading, writing, conversation, and art making. On-Demand Video Tours are recorded tours accompanied by lesson plans and provide flexibility for teachers to use at their own pace.

Choose from two formats: Live Virtual School Tour or On-Demand Video Tours and submit a request form for the program you are interested in.

Live Virtual School Tours

These thirty minutes to one-hour long tours are facilitated by museum educators who use conversation, activities, and art making to guide students in looking and thinking about art. Choose from the themes below or ask to speak with an educator about a customized tour to fit your curriculum. All Live Virtual School Tours are hosted by the museum on a secure Zoom platform unless otherwise requested by the teacher. 

Live Virtual School Tours are available Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm EST. For additional availability, please contact After receiving a tour request, a member of education will be in contact within 5 business days to confirm your tour. Please allow 2 weeks’ notice to schedule a Live Virtual School Tour.

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Tour Themes
Animal Adventure (Grades K-5)

Explore animals through art right from your classroom! Students will practice observation skills as they learn about the animal kingdom. This tour will discuss animal habitats, how humans interact with animals, and mythological stories inspired by animals. This tour practices science and visual art standards.

Art-Ish (Grades K-2)

In this introductory tour, students will read the book Ish by Peter Reynolds and look at several works of art from The Ringling’s collections. Using vocabulary gained from the book, students will analyze the works of art and discover color, emotion, and shapes. This tour practices English language arts and visual arts standards.

Artful Imagination (Grades 3-5)

Learn about color and mood in art on this interactive tour. Students will read the poem Since Hanna Moved Away by Judith Viorst and will analyze how the poem uses color as a symbol for emotions. Students will then analyze works of art and craft color palettes that capture the mood of the artwork. Lastly, students will create a color palette and original work of art that captures an emotion. This tour practices visual art, English language arts, and social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. Students will need paper and crayons, colored pencils, or markers for this virtual tour.

Circus Day! Exploring Circus Careers (Grades K-5)

Have you ever wanted to run away with the circus? This tour explores circus careers from the early 20th century circus, from clowns to cooks and everything in between! Students will compare and contrast circus jobs and decide what job they would like to have in the circus. Using historic circus posters as a model, students will practice literacy devices such as hyperbole and literation to create their own dynamic circus posters. Students will need paper and crayons, colored pencils, or markers for this tour.

Elements of Art (Grades 6-12)

On this tour, students will discuss the building blocks of art including color, line, shape, form, and pattern. Students will practice critiquing works of art and will analyze the composition and choices made by the artist. This tour practices visual arts standards and is ideal for students taking art or art history.

Introduction to Art (Grades 6-12)

In this introductory tour, students will explore the different collecting areas at The Ringling including Asian Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Paired with descriptive poetry, students will practice observation and creative thinking skills by analyzing both poems and artworks. This tour practices English language arts, visual arts, and social and emotional learning (SEL) standards and is customizable.

Myths and Legends (Grades 4-8)

Discover thrilling tales from ancient Greece and Rome! Students will explore four works of art inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. After learning about various gods, goddesses, mythical creatures, and magical objects, students will create their own god or goddess through writing and drawing. This tour practices English language arts and visual arts standards and is easily tailored to fit the Greek and Roman myths featured in your curriculum!

The Art of Homer: Myths and Legends (Grades 9-12)

Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey have inspired artists for thousands of years. Discover artworks from The Ringling’s collections that explore scenes from the epic Greek poems. Students will analyze the works of art in the context of Homer’s poems, and will discuss how subsequent generations and cultures have interpreted The Iliad and The Odyssey. This tour practices English language arts and social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, and is customizable to fit your curriculum.

On-Demand Video Tours 

On-Demand Video tours provide teachers with the greatest flexibility. Accompanied by a set of three, standards-based lesson plans, these tours can be adapted to fit any curriculum. Videos range from 10 minutes – 20 minutes in length and provide time for students to interact through writing, drawing, and conversation.

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Tour Themes:►

► Meet The Ringling (Grades K-5)
► Meet The Ringling (Grades 6-8)
► Meet The Ringling (Grades 9-12)
► Artful Imagination: Color and Mood (Grades K-5)
► Animal Adventure (Grades K-5)
►The Iliad: Myths and Legends (Grades 9-12)
► Portraits and Portrayal: Exploring Identity Through Circus Posters (Grades 9-12