200 Years of American Art
A look at the development of American art and the history of WAM’s founders and collection. This tour explores some of the major art movements and their practitioners. Topics include colonial portraiture, 19th-century landscape painting, American Impressionism, early modernism, regionalism, and abstract expressionism.
Appropriate for ages: Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
1400 W. Museum Blvd.
Wichita KS 67203
Phone: (316) 268-4921
Fax: (316) 268-4980
Hours: Sunday noon-5 pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm; closed Monday
Contact: Courtney Spousta, curator of education
Reservations: (316) 268-4907
The museum offers free school tours for kindergarten through college, both guided and self-guided. Guided tours focus on WAM?s premier American art collection and special traveling exhibitions. Tours can be tailored to the needs of individual groups, generally last one hour depending on grade level, and are led by trained tour guides and museum educators.
Art is a powerful way to spark critical thinking and enhance the curriculum content at every grade level and across subject areas.
The development of critical thinking skills is now recognized as an essential component in the education of young students.
The Wichita Art Museum is an educational institution, and tours for students and teachers are a crucial part of educational outreach. WAM wants every student to have an enriching, dynamic museum visit.
Teachers are encouraged to see the museum as an extended classroom to help meet state standards as well as build critical thinking and visual literacy. WAM’s resources are here for you!
TO LEARN MORE about the tour add-on components, or discuss creative ways for students to engage in learning at WAM, please contact Courtney Spousta, curator of education, at 316-268-4907 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can request a tour online at wichitaartmuseum.org/learn/tours.
Looking for extra ways to spark creativity while at WAM? Try a special hands-on activity to expand learning. Students roll up their sleeves and experiment with media, techniques, and concepts of art in projects linked to their gallery tour experience. Materials cost per student is $5. Need a scholarship? Support is possible with demonstrated need.