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Pre-K–12 School Groups

Art'scool logoTeachers are invited to schedule free guided tours for Pre-K–12 school groups as part of our Art’scool program, which is designed to support the development of the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. Art’scool tours include a transportation subsidy, are led by an Albright-Knox–trained docent, and align with New York State Learning Standards and Common Core Standards. 

We believe that when connections are made between classroom learning and the museum experience, students will increase their visual literacy using the language of art. The Albright-Knox’s world-renowned collection will serve as a teaching resource to focus on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. We are currently booking tours through June 2019.

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Docent Dorothy Tao leads students on a tour of the museum

Docent Dorothy Tao leads students on an Art'scool tour. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

School and Docent Programs Coordinator Lindsay Kranz leads a tour of For the Love of Things: Still Life

School and Docent Programs Coordinator Lindsay Kranz leads a tour of For the Love of Things: Still Life. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

What to Expect

At the Albright-Knox, we believe less is more. Tours will focus on approximately six to eight works of art. Having a focused approach gives students time to develop observation skills and critical thinking. Tours will engage students through a range of learning strategies, including open-ended and guided questions, conversation, and small group activities. 

Tour Times and Length

Tuesdays: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm
Wednesdays: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm
Fridays: 9:45 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm

Grades Pre-K–2: 45 minutes
Grades 3–12: 1 hour

Tour Options

We offer tour options for four grade levels. Below you will find a description of each tour, along with the learning and core curriculum standards it meets.

Grades Pre-K–2

ABCs of Art

The ABCs of Art tour provides young students the opportunity to sharpen their observation skills by focusing on the elements that are basic to the visual world. They will explore the vocabulary of art, including line, shape, color, and texture. While using these basic building blocks, students will be introduced to different mediums such as painting, sculpture, and other media, as well as the stories that they tell. This 45-minute docent-led tour includes works in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions on view.

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum Standards

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 9a, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading: Foundational Skills 1, 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 5, 6

* Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.

Grades 3–5

Art Investigators

The Art Investigators tour provides students the opportunity to sharpen their observation and critical-thinking skills by focusing on the visual clues within works of art. Students are encouraged to share their ideas and thoughts so they can begin to recognize the ways artists tell stories. Close observation of works of art reveals evidence of an artist’s intention and helps students interpret meaning. This one-hour docent-led tour includes works in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions on view.

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum Standards

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6a (5th grade only), 7, 9, 10, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 4a, 5, 6

* Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.

Grades 6–8

Modern Perspective

The Modern Perspective tour provides students the opportunity to increase the skills required to observe, analyze, and interpret works of art. By engaging in open-ended questioning sessions, students will begin to identify how an artist uses medium, style, and expression to connect with the viewer and explore the ways the work reflects the time and place in which it was created. This one-hour docent-led tour includes works in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions on view.

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum Standards

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 4a, 5, 6
  • Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 3

* Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.

Grades 9–12

Contemporary Expression

The Contemporary Expression tour encourages high school students to explore works of art using visual evidence. They will investigate modern and contemporary artists' choices focusing on subject matter, medium, and technique. Topics may include current events and social issues that have inspired artists from the past and present. This one-hour docent-led tour includes works in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions on view.

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum Standards

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 4a, 5, 6
  • Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 3

* Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.

Tour Size and Chaperone Policy

  • A minimum of 12 students is required for a guided tour.
  • When all of our exhibition spaces are open, we can accommodate up to 100 students during one time slot. If one or more of our exhibition spaces is closed, we can accommodate up to 60 students during one time slot.
  • One adult chaperone is required and admitted free for every 12 students. Additional chaperones are required to pay the group admission rate of $8 per person.
  • We ask that you review our Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Guidelines and share this information with your chaperones and students before your visit.

Please note: Chaperones are not permitted to bring additional children, such as younger siblings, on Art’scool tours for Pre-K–12 school groups. This includes children in strollers and baby carriers. Also, please note that fidget spinners are not permitted on guided school tours.

Schedule Your Tour

To request a tour, please submit our School Group Tour Request Form

This form must be filled out before your tour can be confirmed. Please read our Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Guidelines and Pre-K–12 School Group Tour Terms of Agreement before submitting your request. 

Please also have the following information available when you fill out the tour request form:

  • School name, address, district, and contact information
  • Your selected tour option
  • Several potential visit dates and times
  • Grade level of students
  • Number of students and chaperones attending
  • Any special needs your group may have

For more information, please contact School and Docents Programs Coordinator Lindsay Kranz at 716.270.8276 or lkranz@albrightknox.org. Communication by email will facilitate a timely response.

Reservation Confirmation

A tour confirmation packet will be emailed to you upon scheduling a tour. Please note, your tour IS NOT SCHEDULED until you complete the online confirmation form.

Program Sponsors

The Art'scool program is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York with additional support provided by an anonymous donor, the Robert J. & Martha B. Fierle Foundation, and Lawley.

  • Youth making art in a classroom

    Lesson Plans

    The Albright-Knox Education team has developed lesson plans that correspond to the museum’s collection and select special exhibitions.

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  • Youth group from the YMCA at the museum

    Community Youth Groups

    Community youth groups between 12 and 60 people are invited to schedule a guided or self-guided tour of our collection and/or special exhibitions.

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