Guided Group Tours for Pre-K–12 Students

Guided Tours for Pre-K–12 Student Groups

Groups of 10+ pre-K–12 students are invited to schedule a tour of the Museum's Collection or one of our special exhibitions. Our inquiry-based group tours, led by volunteer docents or Museum staff, challenge students to hone their observation skills.

Guided tours for students take place Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10am–5pm; at least two weeks' advance booking is required, with credit card payment made in full at least one week prior to the tour (checks may be delivered on tour day). Museum staff will work with each group contact to subdivide the group as necessary to comply with state and county capacity guidelines. Our current capacity is a maximum of 60 students per K–12 group. Student groups of larger sizes may be subdivided into multiple days.

Group admission for students is $5/pre-K–12 student; one chaperone is free per 10 students, with additional chaperones charged the student rate. Some restrictions apply.

On the group-tour request form, pre-K–12 teachers may choose a topic from among four curriculum-based tours (see below), or a special-exhibition tour; teachers may also add a related hands-on studio activity at no additional charge.

  • Literacy Through Art: Inspired by the Asheville Art Museum’s K-12 outreach program for WNC counties, Literacy Through Art uses language arts to explore the visual arts, making connections to descriptive and narrative writing techniques and parts of speech. Literacy Through Art visits the Museum’s Collection Hall and selected special exhibitions.
  • Discovering Art in Asheville: This tour focuses on looking at artworks through the lens of the elements of art and principles of design, using visual-arts and museum vocabulary. Discovering Art in Asheville is used as the foundation for facilitating a group discussion; it also includes the Museum’s Permanent Collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, exploring the connection between art and artists of WNC/Southern Appalachia, Black Mountain College, and the US at large. This tour visits the Collection Hall and selected special exhibitions.
  • More Than Math: This tour uses mathematical concepts to explore visual art, identifying similarities and differences in lines, shapes, and patterns. This tour visits the Collection Hall and selected special exhibitions.
  • Extended Tour Art Activities (formally studio add on): Extend your tour with a 45-minute hands-on art activity related to the selected tour theme in the Learning and Engagement art studio, led by AAM’s Teaching Artists at no additional charge. (K-12 Grades). This is encouraged for groups of 30 or more students.

College and university student groups: Click here for more information.

Self-guided pre-K–12 groups: Click here for more information.

To request a guided tour for a group of pre-K–12 students, click on the button below.

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