Educational Tours: Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is an amazing resource for our community. They have created about ten tours each geared specifically for Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. Amy L. Chamberlin outlines the tours they have available and how to take part in this piece.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers a variety of educational tours for students and their teachers.  Tours allow for first-hand examination of original works of art in the galleries with trained docents that engage students in meaningful discussions of the social, historic and artistic context of works of art.  Each tour also includes time in the Museum's beautiful historic gardens, hands-on studio art projects and exploration activities in Art Connections, the Museum's interactive learning center.

Tours are offered for Pre-kindergarten 3 through Grade 12 and are based on an integrated curriculum that supports Next Generation state standards in the visual arts, math, science, language arts and social studies.  Developmental resource materials are offered for all teachers.  

Types of Tours

Art through the Senses is for Pre-K 3 students.  Children will explore art in The Cummer collection that celebrates all of our senses including sight, touch, smell and taste.

My Outdoor World is for Pre-K students’ first visit to the Museum.  Children will learn about the world around them through a combination of art, music, literature and movement.
The Art of Portraiture is for Kindergarten students.  This visit concentrates on self-discovery through portraiture.  Students will view portraits from various cultures and time periods.  

Animals in Art allows students in Grade 1 to explore the characteristics of animals through a discussion of shape, size, texture, pattern and detail.  

Types of Painting allows students in Grade 2 to explore the categories of paintings, including still life, interior, landscape and cityscape.

The Elements of Art allows students in Grade 3 to explore the elements of line, shape, pattern, and form in a variety of paintings and sculptures.  

The Art of Florida is for students in Grade 4.  Students will be introduced to the Museum's collection of art created in and about Florida.  

Symbolism in Art is for students in Grade 5.  Students will learn that messages can be “read” through the symbols used in works of art dating from Ancient Egypt through the Modern period.

General Art History is for students in Middle and High School.  Students examine and discuss works ranging from an Ancient Egyptian stele to paintings by 20th century American masters.  

The Cummer Gardens: Plants and Paintbrushes tour is offered for Pre-K through High School students.  This tour will connect the history and the living art of the Cummer Gardens with the artworks that comprise the permanent collection.


New exhibition tours for all ages include: Los Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color, October 11, 2012 through January 4, 2013, and Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers, December 18, 2012 through April 7, 2013.

Written by Amy L. Chamberlin

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