What guided experience is best for my students?

The DIA offers a wide range of field trips led by our gallery teachers, each designed for specific ages and types of learners.

This 30 to 45-minute experience is designed for the DIA's earliest learners in Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1. Students will engage in interactive activities to make them better observers of art and their world.

A combination of open-ended and directed discussions and activities.

What types of choices do artists make? How do those choices influence how we experience art? Students consider these questions as well as how art can help us connect to our thoughts and feelings and to the experiences of others. (45-minutes)​

Open-ended, student-centered discussions and activities.

Students engage in open-ended, inquiry-based discussions of selected art, sharing their observations and interpretations as well as the evidence they see that supports their thinking. Through these collaborative peer-to-peer discussions, students practice skills in deeper looking, critical analysis, and communication. (45-60 minutes)

Thinking Through Art is based on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a research-tested teaching method used by museums and schools for more than 30 years. For more information about VTS, visit http://vtshome.org

Directed-learning, information-based discussions and activities.

Students engage in directed discussions about art, exploring how people of diverse cultures use art to define, reinforce, and communicate cultural, national, and personal identity. (45-60 minutes)

Shaping Identity is available as a broad cross-cultural exploration with a more focused examination of part of the world.

Shaping Identity -- A Broad Cross-Cultural Exploration

Includes art from around the world and spanning thousands of years

Shaping Identity -- African American Art

Includes art from around the world with a focus on African American artists from the 19th century to the present

Shaping Identity -- Art of the Americas

Includes art from around the world with a focus on North, Central, and South America, including Ancient Americas and Native American art from the colonial period to the present

Shaping Identity -- Art of the Ancient World

Includes art from ancient cultures such as Africa, Asia, Egypt, Europe, the Middle East, North America, or South America

Shaping Identity -- Art of France    NEW

Includes art from around the world with a focus on the art and influence of French artists and the French-speaking world

Shaping Identity -- Art of the Spanish Speaking World

Includes art from around the world with a focus on the diverse Spanish-speaking cultures in Europe, Central America, and South America from ancient times to the present

Shaping Identity -- Combined with Thinking Through Art

Includes art from around the world and spanning thousands of years in a combination of directed and open-ended discussions and activities