School Tour Themes

The Currier works closely with teachers to connect school curriculum and classroom focus at the museum.  Teachers may choose from the following tour themes:



Learning to Look: An Introduction to the Currier (K-5th grades) – 1 hour

Thinking Through Art: An Introduction to the Currier (6-12th grades; College) – 1 hour

This inquiry- and discussion-based tour introduces students of all grade levels to highlights of the museum’s collection.  Students will learn how to closely examine an object and how to make meaning out of what they see.  Using Visual Thinking Strategies as a framework, facilitated discussions will encourage students to analyze and interpret works using evidence-based reasoning.  This tour helps students expand visual literacy and deepen critical thinking skills.

Thematic activity at the Museum: This art project involves students in using descriptive words as inspiration for their own creative work.  Media for the project can include chalk, pastels, or charcoal.



Building Blocks of Art (K-5th grades) – 1 hour

Exploring the Elements of Art (6th-12th grades) – 1 hour

This tour introduces students to the fundamental elements of art, with careful looking at historic and modern works of art.  Through inquiry-based discussions, students will examine the essential components of a work of art, including color, line, shape, and texture.  With a greater understanding of the elements of art, students will be able to identify and describe the choices artists have made.

Here is a sample of the artwork you might see on the tour!

Thematic activity at the Museum: Students will use their new understanding of elements of art to make a mixed media sculpture inspired by the work of artist Alexander Calder.


New Hampshire People and Places (K-12th grades) – 1 hour

The State of New Hampshire has inspired artists for centuries.  Using the Currier’s collection to explore works of art with Granite State connections, students will interpret depictions of NH residents, leaders, and landscapes (real and imagined), while considering the ways in which artists have interpreted the inhabitants and scenic terrain of the state over the years.

Here is a sample of the artwork you might see on the tour!

Make sure to check out the Currier’s Online Curriculum for follow-up activities when the students return to school!

Thematic activity at the Museum: Students will create their own interpretation of the state’s landscape by taking part in a torn paper landscape collage project.


About Face:  People and Portraits (K-12th grades) – 1 hour

Artists tell us a lot about people when they create portraits.  On this tour students will explore the ways artists depict emotion, character, and personality.  Students will also consider the ways that artist and subject collaborate to produce an image that conveys information about status, power, and identity.  This tour provides an introduction to the tradition of portraiture and includes historic works from the museum’s collection.

Thematic activity at the Museum: Students will explore self-portraiture with an out-of-the-box portrait.

You Be the Scientist! (K-12th grades) – 1 hour
Get your students thinking like scientists!  Use the scientific method to explore works of art in the Currier’s collection.  Students will be introduced to the language and process of scientific thinking and will then use visual evidence from works in the Currier’s collection to support or dispute a hypothesis.

Thematic activity at the museum: Students will experiment with mixing colors, making hypotheses and recording their findings, which they will use to create an original watercolor painting.

Stories in Art (K-5th grades) – 1 hour
Exploring Narrative in Art (6th-12th grades) – 1 hour

They say a picture is worth a thousand words!  Discussing works of art develops students’ natural inclinations to construct narratives about what they see.   On this tour students will explore stories inspired by the objects they explore in the galleries.  In doing so, students will use images as text and consider the ways artists use character, plot, and setting to tell stories.

Thematic activity at the Museum:  The post-tour activity offers students a chance to construct a literary work inspired by the museum’s collection.

What is Art? Comparing Historic and Modern Works (6th-12th grades) – 1 hour
This tour focuses on the integral question, ‘What is art?’ and guides students’ exploration of historic and modern works.  Students will consider how the definition of art has evolved and how contemporary artists continually push boundaries in terms of media and style.  Students will explore how artists convey meaning through the materials they choose and the ways in which they depict the word around them.

Thematic activity at the Museum:  Using the museum’s Sol Lewitt murals as inspiration, students will work collaboratively to create a conceptual piece of art.
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