Education: Guided Gallery Visits for Grades 3–12

These lessons are 75 minutes long and offer students a welcoming environment to develop observation skills and critical thinking. Each lesson description below includes a teaching resource that can be used to practice looking at and talking about art—before or after your visit. Please note: Artwork featured in these teaching resources may not be on view at the time of your visit.

Eastman Johnson: A Ride for Liberty--Fugitive Slaves

Activism and Art

Learn how artists are influenced by and contribute to social movements like civil rights, feminism, environmentalism, and more. Suggested classroom resource: Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.

African power figure

African Innovation

Engage with both historical and contemporary artwork from throughout Africa. Discover how art is used to express ideas and themes such as responsibility, royalty, justice, education, masquerade, and community. Suggested classroom resource: Yinka Shonibare MBE

Kehinde Wiley: Napolean Leading the Army over the Alps

Art and Identity

Investigate how the concept of identity is expressed through works of art from around the world. Suggested classroom resource: Lorna Simpson: Gathered

Wine Jar

Art and the Environment

Explore artworks inspired by or made with materials from the natural world. Suggested classroom resource: Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants

Kehinde Wiley: Passing/Posing

Art and Writing

Younger students explore the elements artists and authors use when telling a story, including character, setting, main idea, and point of view. Older students investigate the creative and critical aspects of art and writing to address their descriptive, reflective, and analytical possibilities. Suggested classroom resource: Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

Egyptian Tombs

Art in Ancient Egypt: Daily Life

Learn about the daily lives of ancient Egyptians by examining visual imagery on funerary objects. Work, environment, clothing, food, and family life are among the themes that may be explored. Suggested classroom resource: Nefertiti


Art in Ancient Egypt: Signs and Symbols

Explore how ancient Egyptians ensured protection and care in the afterlife. Ancient narrative, hieroglyphs, mummification, and burial customs are featured. Suggested classroom resource: To Live Forever: Art and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Stuart Davis: The Mellow Pad

Artists' Choices

Discover some of the countless methods and materials artists throughout history have chosen to use and what inspired them to do so. Suggested classroom resource: Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

Egyptian Female Figure

Arts of the Ancient World

Interpret and analyze artifacts to compare important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions of ancient Egypt, Assyria, and Asia. Suggested classroom resource: The Fertile Goddess

Lady Liberty

Careers in an Art Museum

Learn about the various roles of museum employees, including curators, designers, educators, and conservators. Look for evidence of the work of these museum professionals and develop some of the skills needed for a career in an art museum. Suggested classroom resource: John Singer Sargent Watercolors

George Washington

From Colony to Nation: Art as a Primary Resource

Explore how American paintings and decorative art objects reflect the daily life and the artistic production of particular times and places in American history. Specific themes such as westward expansion, the American Civil War, immigration, or industrialization can be examined as a part of this lesson. Please specify any such theme on your reservation form. Suggested classroom resource: Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864

Jan Martense Schenck House

Living and Working in Early America

Visit our collection of early American period rooms, including two Dutch Brooklyn houses, and learn about the artistic, social, historical, and industrial developments in Brooklyn and other places in America over the past several hundred years. Suggested classroom resource: Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories

Life-Death Figure

Transformation in the Americas

Explore art made by the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America and learn what it has to say about celebration, belief systems and practices, and technology. Suggested classroom resource: Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains

Louise Bourgeois: Decontractee

Women and Art

Discover how feminism helps us look at objects differently. Compare artworks created by, for, and about women, including The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago. Classes with more than fifteen students will be divided into two groups for the duration of the lesson. Suggested classroom resource: “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts