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Virtual Field Trips

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The NCMA welcomes students with disabilities and diverse learning needs to participate in our virtual field trip program. Virtual field trips can be customized according to a teacher’s recommendations to ensure the accessibility of the experience. Captioning, audio description, ASL interpretation, and Spanish/English bilingual programs are available upon request.

The following standards-based programs include optional pre-visit resources and a live virtual experience with an NCMA educator. Programs for grades K-5 are 30 minutes. Programs for grades 6-12 can be 30 or 45 minutes in length, teacher’s choice. With the exception of Collection Small Bites, all programs feature 2-3 works of art to allow for a more in-depth exploration of themes and activities. Virtual field trips are provided to groups with a minimum of 5 students, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis.

All Grades, K-12

Custom Virtual Field Trip

Select your own theme or topic! A museum educator will work with you to co-create a virtual experience that meets your curricular needs.

Collection Small Bites: Choose Your Own Adventure Collaborative Narrative Writing (K-8)

Students will view and discuss multiple works of art from different areas of the museum’s collection. Together, students will select artworks that represent key components of a narrative: characters, setting, conflict, and solution, and discuss a possible plot to create a collective story around their chosen works of art.

Grades K-2

**New! Art, Music and Movement

A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection 

Can shape and color have sound?  How can a painting “move?”  In this interactive program, students will explore the relationship of music, movement, and art in modern works from the Phillips Collection. Virtual field trips for this special exhibition are only available October 10, 2022 – January 20, 2023.

**New! Untold Stories of Art

Students will explore the untold stories of artwork from the NCMA Permanent Collection by looking carefully at the way artists use symbols to share their personal and collective narratives. Students will use their analytical and problem solving skills as they act as detectives uncovering clues that shape the story behind the art.

Exploring Global Art

Drawing upon the rich collection of the NCMA, young students will explore the work of global contemporary artists that express diverse emotions and will make connections between their own experiences and feelings with those of others. This experience targets Self-Awareness skills outlined in the CASEL Competencies for SEL.

Ancient Art and Early Math 

Students explore K-2 math standards in geometry while practicing observation, collaboration, and creative thinking around works of ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture.

Animals and African Art

Discover cultural belongings in the museum’s collection of African art that tell us about the beliefs and traditions of different communities. Students examine the relationship between humans and the environment by focusing on works of art that feature animal imagery.

Celebrating Black Artists

Students will explore three works of art from the permanent collection by Black artists and discuss how each artist uses movement to tell a real life story.

Celebrating Women Artists

Dive into the herstory of art through the NCMA’s world-class collection. Students learn about the creative output of exceptional women while exploring concepts of representation and identity in visual culture.

Grades 3-5

**New! Art, Music and Movement

A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection

Can shape and color have sound?  How can a painting “move?”  In this interactive program, students will explore the relationship of music, movement, and art in modern works from the Phillips Collection. Virtual field trips for this special exhibition are only available October 10, 2022 – January 20, 2023.

**New! Untold Stories of Art

Students will explore the untold stories of artwork from the NCMA Permanent Collection by looking carefully at the way artists use symbols to share their personal and collective narratives. Students will use their analytical and problem solving skills as they act as detectives uncovering clues that shape the story behind the art.

Exploring Global Art

Drawing upon the rich collection of the NCMA, students will explore the work of global contemporary artists that express diverse cultural and interpersonal perspectives to practice ways of understanding and relating to others. This experience targets Social Awareness skills outlined in the CASEL Competencies for SEL.

Art Scientists

Students will use inquiry to make inferences about art based on visual evidence while exploring science topics such as weather or teacher’s choice to accommodate grade-specific standards.

Animals and African Art

Discover cultural belongings in the museum’s collection of African art that tell us about the beliefs and traditions of different communities. Students examine the relationship between humans and the environment by focusing on works of art that feature animal imagery.

Our State: NC Art and Artists

Learn how artists use different media to express their ideas, sometimes in surprising ways, by exploring works of art made in North Carolina by people who live in North Carolina.

Celebrating Black Artists

Students will explore three works of art from the permanent collection by Black artists and discuss how each artist uses movement to tell a real life story.

Celebrating Women Artists

Dive into the herstory of art through the NCMA’s world-class collection. Students learn about the creative output of exceptional women while exploring concepts of representation and identity in visual culture.

Grades 6-8

**New! The Art of Collection

A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection

Students will explore works from the Phillips Collection that exemplify the ‘isms’ of modern art.  Using these works of art, students will better understand Duncan Phillips, founder of the collection, and how his personal tastes as well as time in which he lived influenced his acquisitions.  Students will have the opportunity to create their own ‘collection’ of works from the NCMA that reflect their own lives and preferences. Virtual field trips for this special exhibition are only available October 10, 2022 – January 20, 2023.

**New! Untold Stories of Art

Students will explore the untold stories of artwork from the NCMA Permanent Collection by looking carefully at the way artists use symbols, materials and composition to share their personal and collective narratives. Students will use their analytical and problem solving skills, similar to art historians, uncovering clues that shape the story behind the art.

Exploring Global Art

Drawing upon the rich collection of the NCMA, students will explore the work of global contemporary artists that express diverse cultural and interpersonal perspectives to practice ways of understanding and relating to others. This experience targets Social Awareness skills outlined in the CASEL Competencies for SEL.

Gaining STEAM from Ancient Egyptian Artifacts 

Through the Museum’s collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, students explore the big question: Why do humans make? Students investigate two ancient amulets using visual analysis and discuss how materials and technology affect culture and artistic expression. Students have the opportunity to design their own amulets inspired by the ones in the Museum’s collection.

Animals and African Art

Discover cultural belongings in the museum’s collection of African art that tell us about the beliefs and traditions of different communities. Students examine the relationship between humans and the environment by focusing on works of art that feature animal imagery.

Our State: NC Art and Artists Learn how artists use different media to express their ideas, sometimes in surprising ways, by exploring works of art made in North Carolina by people who live in North Carolina.

Celebrating Black Artists

How do artists document important moments? Students will explore three works of art from the permanent collection by Black artists. Students will discuss how each artist depicts a different moment in history and how their depictions lead the viewer to a deeper understanding of that moment.

Celebrating Women Artists 

Dive into the herstory of art through the NCMA’s world-class collection. Students learn about the creative output of exceptional women while exploring concepts of power, representation, and identity in visual culture.

Celebrating LatinX Artists

Students will explore works of art from the permanent collection by Latin American artists and how each artist reflects an aspect of their identity through images of place and journeys.

Grades 9-12

**New! The Art of Collection

A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection

Students will explore works from the Phillips Collection that exemplify the ‘isms’ of modern art.  Using these works of art, students will better understand Duncan Phillips, founder of the collection, and how his personal tastes as well as time in which he lived influenced his acquisitions.  Students will have the opportunity to create their own ‘collection’ of works from the NCMA that reflect their own lives and preferences. Virtual field trips for this special exhibition are only available October 10, 2022 – January 20, 2023.

**New! Untold Stories of Art

Students will explore the untold stories of artwork from the NCMA Permanent Collection by looking carefully at the way artists use symbols, materials and composition to share their personal and collective narratives. Students will use their analytical and problem solving skills, similar to art historians, uncovering clues that shape the story behind the art.

**New! Portraiture and Identity

What can you tell about a person just by the way they present themselves visually?  While exploring historical and contemporary portraits from the NCMA’s permanent collection, students will identify what they can ‘read’ about each sitter’s identity.

Power in Art

Drawing upon the rich collection of the NCMA, students will explore works of art from around the globe in which artists assert their own agency by creating a unique visual language and experimenting with materials, process, and placement within the composition.

Exploring Global Art

Drawing upon the rich collection of the NCMA, students will explore the work of global contemporary artists that express diverse cultural and interpersonal perspectives to practice ways of understanding and relating to others. This experience targets Social Awareness skills outlined in the CASEL Competencies for SEL.

Celebrating Black Artists

How do artists document important moments? Students will explore three works of art from the permanent collection by Black artists. Students will discuss how each artist depicts a different moment in history and how their depictions lead the viewer to a deeper understanding of that moment.

Celebrating Women Artists 

Dive into the herstory of art through the NCMA’s world-class collection. Students learn about the creative output of exceptional women while exploring concepts of power, representation, and identity in visual culture.

Celebrating LatinX Artists

Students will explore works of art from the permanent collection by Latin American artists and how each artist reflects an aspect of their identity through images of place and journeys.

For Teachers

All About Virtual Field Trips

Interested in virtual field trips, but not sure what it’s all about? In this free, interactive session, teachers will experience a portion of a virtual field trip, learn about the technology needed, and get tips for success. Teachers will leave the session with their questions answered and ready to book a virtual field trip for their students. Teachers that participate in this program and follow up with an NCMA virtual field trip for students are awarded 0.5 CEU. Sign up here for All About VFTs.

Additional Opportunities

Virtual field trips for youth in libraries, hospital schools, or afterschool programs can be customized according to need. For more information, contact ncmavft@gmail.com

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