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American Art: Themes and Ideas

Students explore informing ideas of the United States by engaging with works of art thematically from different historical periods and varied geographical and social contexts. Issues such as the formation of personal and national identity or the interplay between American art and its European precursors provide overarching themes for discovery and exploration. Limit: 90 Students 60 or 90 minutes for grades 6–12 (90 minute programs are offered at 10:00 and 11:30)

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American Art: Themes and Ideas (1.5 hrs)

Students explore informing ideas of the United States by engaging with works of art thematically from different historical periods and varied geographical and social contexts. Issues such as the formation of personal and national identity or the interplay between American art and its European precursors provide overarching themes for discovery and exploration. Limit: 90 Students 60 or 90 minutes for grades 6–12 (90 minute programs are offered at 10:00 and 11:30)

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Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again

Discover the intersection of art and pop culture through the work of one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. Explore pieces from four distinct periods of Warhol’s life, and reflect on his artistic choices and their cultural relevance for students today. Guided groups can only experience Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again during their guided tour time. Late-arriving groups may not be able to enter the exhibition. For additional self-guided experiences in the exhibition, groups are required to purchase tickets online for the day of their visit. Tickets will be available for purchase in early September on the exhibition page. Limit: 60 Students (offered at 10:00)

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Art + Access

This tour is tailored to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of your students in inclusive, integrated co-teaching (ICT), or self-contained classrooms. We are able to support multi-sensory explorations for students with autism, verbal description and touch tours for students who are blind or have low vision, American Sign Language interpretation for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as other adaptations to ensure that students of all abilities enjoy their learning experience at the museum. This program is available to transition programs serving young adults aged 18-22. When registering for your program, please select "grade 12" and write in the notes section that yours is a transition program group. Limit: 30 Students 60 minutes for grades 1-12 and transition programs serving young adults (offered at 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:00)

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Art + Science (2.5 hrs)

On this 90-minute tour and 1-hour studio experience, students will practice scientific and creative thinking. Through observation, imagination, and reasoning in the galleries, students will explore three works of art in depth. A teacher resource manual with pre- and post-tour activities is available to extend the visit to the classroom. This tour supports State Common Core English Language Arts Standards, National Core Arts Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. Limit: 40 Students 90-minute tour and 60-minute studio for grades 6–8 (offered at 10:00)

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Art across Cultures

The Art Institute is home to works of art that represent thousands of years of human creativity. Through close looking and creative and critical thinking, students will engage with collection highlights that represent diverse worldviews and perspectives, and reflect on their own sense of self and place in the world. Depending on the length of the program, groups can expect to explore 4-6 areas of the museum's vast collections including Indian Art of the Americas, Arts of Africa, Asian Art, and more. Recommended for first-time visitors; strongly supports National Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening and Illinois Learning Standards for Speaking and Listening, History, and Arts and Civilization. Limit: 120 Students 60 or 90 minutes for grades 6-12 (90 minute programs are offered at 10:00 and 11:30)

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