School Tours at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
2018-19 School Year

Visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with your K-12 students for a memorable and enriching experience in arts education. Our inquiry-based school tours are led by experienced Exhibition Interpreters and can be combined with studio activities relating to your choice of tour theme. Tours are available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.
Tour requests must be schedule a minimum of four (4) weeks in advance.

Tour Themes:

Artful Animals (K-5 recommended)
The captivating theme of animals in art is the basis for cross-cultural exploration

Exploring Asia (K-12)
Explore life in historical and contemporary Asia through art & artifacts in the museum’s Chinese, Japanese & Korean galleries & current exhibitions.

Learning to Look (K-12)
An introductory tour designed to provide students with the strategies & vocabulary to discuss various art media.

People and Places in Art (K-12)
Investigate art depicting people and places across time & culture as represented in our collections and current exhibitions.

¡Latinoamérica Presente! (K-12)
Explore works on display with a focus on Latin American arts & culture. Will include Día de los Muertos focus on Oct. 31, Nov 1, and 2, 2018.

ArtAccess - VSA tour and activity
Accessible inquiry-based arts tour and art activity for students with disabilities. Choose your theme for this free tour & studio visit, thanks to funding from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Upcoming Exhibitions:
When planning your tour, please take note of the following exhibition schedule for 2018-19, all tours will view art throughout the museum, including:


Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Material
Matthew Picton: Cultural Mapping
Paper Weight: Works in Paper by Elsa Mora

Reflections of the Cosmic Web: Intricate Patterns in Daoist Art

Tour Logistics

Tour Days
Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Tour Start Times
9:15am, 10:30am and 11:30am

Tour Lengths

Tours and studio activities for grades 2 – 12 are 50 minutes in length, tours and studio activities for grades K and 1 are 30 minutes long.  If you choose both a tour and art studio activity, plan for a 2-hour visit, we can accommodate up to 70 students in that time period.

Tour Prices
Tours: $3 per student
Art Activity: $3 per student (must be scheduled with a tour)
Payment is due prior to visit

K-8: 1 chaperone required for every 6 students
9-12: 1 chaperone required for every 8 students
Chaperones are admitted to the museum at no additional charge and will be expected to assist with moving the students safely through the galleries and studio experience
Download the Chaperone Guide

Tour Booking:
Tour request form

When your tour is confirmed, a tour packet will be sent to you by mail and will include a confirmation letter, Tour Planning Guide, Chaperone Guide, invoice and a free pass so that you can visit the museum prior to your tour.

The lead Exhibition Interpreter (docent) for your tour will contact you about 2-3 weeks prior to your tour date to help you prepare for your visit, go over visit details, and to inquire about scheduling a 20-minute pre-tour visit to your classroom (dependent on school vicinity).

Tour cancelations must be received by the Education Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to your tour. We are happy to assist you with rescheduling your tour for a later date, depending on availability.

Scholarships are available and based on the percentage of Title 1/free and reduced priced lunches that your school provides to students.  Please provide this information in the Scholarship space on the registration form.  We also offer subsidized transportation costs for these schools.  Your eligibility will be confirmed at the time of booking.  The transportation costs are sponsored by generous donations from The Friends of the JSMA, through our “Fill Up The Bus” campaign.

Additional Information for Teachers:
For more information regarding school programs such as NewArt Northwest Kids, ArtsBridge America, ArtsAsia, the Dragon Puppet Theatre, and your tour, please visit the Teachers & Schools page of our website. Visit our Teacher Resource Center where you can find out more information about our Outreach Kits and upcoming teacher professional development.