Tours for School and Homeschool Groups

  • School tours are free
  • Content is adapted for different grade levels and audiences.
  • Bus Rebates! Qualifying Kalamazoo County K-8 school groups pay only $25 of bus costs. Find information here about KRESA/EFA's great offer.
  • Tours support classroom curriculum including Michigan's English language arts, history and visual arts GLCEs, as well as Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.


    (60 students max.)
    1 hour tour plus 1 hour hands-on project:
    Free to 3rd through 5th graders in Kalamazoo County
    $8/per person for other grades and those outside Kalamazoo County

    Formerly known as the Artist Program, ArtLab invites your students out of their classrooms and into our galleries for an engaging, interactive experience. Led by trained volunteer docents, ArtLab tours provide students grades third through fifth the opportunity to see art, build vocabulary through discussion, and create original works of their own with a KIA studio artist. Students will make connections between classroom learning and the Museum experience, exercise their creative and analytical skills, and increase visual literacy using the language of art. ArtLab visits are two hours long and take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 PM.

    I Can Do That!- But can you really? Abstract art is often the most misunderstood of art forms. Delve deeper into the complex themes, ideas, and gestures behind deceivingly simple works of art.

    Art In the Round-Art isn't just for walls and frames! Explore the objects and materials used to make the most popular sculptural works in the KIA's Permanent Collection.

    The Changing Landscape-As times have changed, so too, has our mark on the land. Take a journey through the ages as we travel from the idealized landscapes of yesterday to the gritty reality of today tracing our imprint along the way.


    (60 students max.)
    View highlights from the KIA collection of American art or special exhibition in this introduction to the museum. Students view 8-12 works of art and learn about art elements and principles of design through open-ended questions and activities.


    (60 students max.)
    The KIA Collection features American Art from the late 1700s to the present and includes many artists featured in the NEH's Picturing America program, like Jacob Lawrence, Louis Comfort Tiffany and John James Audubon. Picturing America tours will enhance your 5th, 8th, and high school American History curriculum.

  • 5th grade: Discuss themes relating to the early colonies and American revolution
  • 8th grade: Explore art from the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
  • High School: Engage with art from the Gilded Age to the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Picturing America Educator Packet


    for students with visual impairments
    Click here for more information.

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