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Through our complicated history, through light and shadow, we have persevered – humanity intact.
Art is the reason.

PREK—12 STUDENT TOURS

$7 per student; Title I school groups are free

Student groups must have one chaperone for every ten students. Chaperones are required and their admission is free. Guided tours must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. Choose from the tours below. Each tour includes a studio activity relating to the theme of the tour if time permits. Please allow approximately 1 1/2 hours for a guided tour and studio activity.

Tours relate to South Carolina Learning Standards in the following subjects: Visual Arts (VA), English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics (M), Science (S), Social Studies (SS)
Download an orientation presentation to prepare for your visit.

To request a tour, download a Group Tour Request form and send it to tours@gibbesmuseum.org.

PreK—2: Where the Real Things Are

What does it mean to collect works of art? What is a museum and what makes the Gibbes special from other museums in town? Students will be introduced to museum etiquette and the many different types of art found in an art museum. They’ll also explore portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes in a variety of media.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, SS, ELA, M, S
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • Examine the different kinds of objects that can be found in an art museum
  • Recognize items are original and unique; created by an artist
  • Discover how art objects connect to our lives
  • Become familiar with museum etiquette and have a fun museum experience

PreK—5: The Artist’s Eye

Tour the Museum and learn to look at art with an artist’s eye. Students will learn to recognize different media, techniques, and art styles, while focusing on the basic elements of art: shape, line, color, form, space, and texture. Discussing the elements of any work of art is a great way to get students to look at and talk about art.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, ELA, M, SS
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • Learn unifying characteristics of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts
  • Learn how artists use different techniques: how they apply paint, use light/shadows, etc.
  • Analyze differences between 2D and 3D shapes/works of art
  • Look at different materials, how they vary, and why the artist chose them

PreK—12: Face Time

Get face to face with the many people who live at the Gibbes. This interactive tour, featuring gallery discussions and hands-on activities, takes students through the Museum to explore the characteristics and language of portraiture. The portrait is not only an important element in the arts; it also plays a key role in history and cultural and individual identity.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, ELA, M
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • Understand why artists create portraits
  • Recognize the variety of ways a portrait can be executed
  • Trace the evolution of portraits through time

Grades 3—12 One More River to Cross: Journey through African American Art at the Gibbes

Explore the collection’s wonderful works by African American artists and those depicting African Americans from colonial to contemporary art. Students will examine and discuss how the visual language of African Americans has evolved over time.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, ELA, SS
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • See African Americans represented in the museum as artists and subjects
  • Learn the different paths to becoming an artist
  • Make connections between artwork and artists’ lives and their own experiences

Grades 3—12 The Tell Tale Art

Every work of art tells a story. Sometimes these stories are about the people and places represented; sometimes they’re about the artists who made them. On this fun and interdisciplinary tour, students will use works of art in the Gibbes’ permanent collection to write their own imaginative stories. They will learn to look for clues in the artwork as they identify key aspects of stories like setting, characters, plot, and sequence.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, ELA, SS
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • Learn the three main components of a story: character, setting, and plot
  • Learn how to find visual clues in a work of art
  • Learn to observe closely
  • Use visual evidence and clues in the artwork to compose a story

Grades 3—8 Our Charleston: History through the Eyes of Children

Students will learn about the history and art of Charleston, the South, and America on this tour. From early colonial times to the Civil War, Charleston was a center of American history and art. After the Civil War, Charleston became an artist and tourist destination, bringing new ideas and styles. This tour examines how artwork documents history.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, ELA, SS
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • Possess a greater understanding of major events in South Carolina and US history
  • Learn that art is an expression of its time
  • Learn about people and their lives by studying their portraits
  • Notice ways their lives differ from children in the past

Grades 4—8 The Inquisitive Mind: STEAM at the Gibbes

How do artists use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? And what can we learn from the artistic process to become creative problem solvers in the 21st century? Join an interactive tour that focuses on Science and Engineering Practices. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about artwork and examine how artists solve design challenges. Through active discussion, students will make observations and construct arguments based on scientific and mathematical principles about how and why artists use specific tools, media, or imagery.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, M, S
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • Make connections between the visual arts and other subjects, especially STEM subjects
  • Learn to approach a work of art like a scientific problem or question
  • Learn about different ways artists use math to create works of art
  • Learn about an artist’s process and asses the effectiveness of a work of art

Grades 9—12 Art “Isms”

Explore art through time on this interactive tour that looks at different art movements. Students will compare and contrast works that embody characteristics of Neoclassicism, Realism, Romanticism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and more.

Curriculum Connections:

VA, ELA, SS
Download a full list of SC Learning Standards addressed.

  • Major Goals:

  • Recognize the characteristics of different “isms” (Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, etc.)
  • Learn how the “isms” are linked through history and how they differ in America and Europe
  • Identify works of art that are stylistic examples of each of the “isms”
  • Understand and identify which characteristics of the works of art make them belong to that style