When school groups visit the Museum of Art and Archaeology, we strive to take advantage of the unique learning opportunities for students in the galleries while helping teachers meet and exceed the state mandated goals of their classrooms. In addition to making interdisciplinary connections beyond the limits of the general Missouri State Standards, we reinforce students' formal education with informal, fun learning experiences that support the Common Core State Standards as well as the National Visual Arts Standards. The College and Career Readiness Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening addressed in tours and programming at the Museum include the following:
Comprehension and Collaboration
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
We will also address various content areas from the new National Visual Arts Standards including:
- Using knowledge of structures and functions
- Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
- Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
- Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.
School Group Tours
Make the museum your classroom by scheduling a school tour at the Museum of Art and Archaeology! Reservations are required. Please plan ahead. Docent-led tours must be reserved at least two weeks in advance. Call the Museum to reserve your tour: 573-882-3591.
The Museum provides tours for all audiences from pre-schoolers to adults. We tailor tours to the needs of each audience. Questions? Please contact the Tour Coordinator (573-882-3591) or the Museum Educator (573-882-5076).
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Tell us about your visit at the Museum's blog Musings
Addressing Nudity in Art
Coming Soon: A Teacher's Guide to "A Portrait of the Museum in 30 Objects," Pre- and Post-Visit Resource Guide, as well as other curriculum guides. If you have a special request, please contact us.
Junior Docent Program
In this program, students learn about a specific object by a series of visits and research. The Junior Docents then present their object at an evening event to which parents, siblings and school personnel are invited. Students from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School began their participation in the Museum’s Junior Docent program in 2005. In 2007, seventh-graders from Columbia Independent School joined the program. We urge all interested teachers to contact the Educator about participation. Students enjoy their connection to one piece of art and learn interpretative skills in the process.
Partners in Education
The Museum of Art & Archaeology joined the Columbia Public School District's Partners in Education (PIE) program by partnering with Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School in 2005. PIE brings schools, businesses, and the community together to share resources, strengthen school programs and enhance economic growth [sic]. Our PIE mission statement reads: "Through sharing resources, Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School and the MU Museum of Art & Archaeology will enhance the study of art for students and foster a lifelong appreciation of art and museums."