Self-Guided Tours

For High School and College/University Groups

Self-Guided Tours

Teachers may self-guide tours of the galleries provided there is one adult chaperone for each group of 15 students.

Art Recipes: Line, Shape & Color

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for Grades PreK - 2

Art Recipes: Line, Shape & Color

Learn about three important art elements and how artists use them to create a wide variety of flavors and visual treats.

Making Faces: Exploring Portraits

Visual Arts & Social Studies
Recommended for Grades K - 5

Making Faces: Exploring Portraits

Artists have been creating portraits for thousands of years. Learn what those faces can tell us by reading facial expressions, de-coding fashion choices, and predicting personalities.

Picturing the Story: Exploring Narrative Artworks

Visual and Language Arts
Recommended for Grades K - 5

Picturing the Story: Exploring Narrative Artworks

Discover your inner storyteller by spinning tales inspired by works that are rich with interesting characters, mysterious settings, and fascinating plots.

Earth, Sea and Sky: Exploring Landscapes

Visual Arts and Science
Recommended for Grades 2 - 5

Earth, Sea and Sky: Exploring Landscapes

Take it outside! Look at artworks that use nature as inspiration. You'll travel to farms, lakes, mountains, and streams in all kinds of weather on this expedition of a tour.

Artistic Angles: Art & Geometry

Visual Arts and Math
Recommended for Grades 2 - 5

Artistic Angles: Art & Geometry

The connection between art and math is stronger than many of us realize. You'll use your math brain to measure up works of art that focus on line, shape, and space.

In Our Own Backyard: Exploring Ohio Art & Artists

Visual Arts and Social Studies
Recommended for Grades 3 - 12

In Our Own Backyard: Exploring Ohio Art & Artists

Discover the multitude of Ohio artists represented in the Akron Art Museum’s collection. Docents will introduce your group to the inspired visions of Ohio artists and the ways they depicted the both the urban and rural sides of the Ohio landscape. 

Mod Squad: Exploring Modern Painting and Sculpture

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for Grades 3 - 12

Mod Squad: Exploring Modern Painting and Sculpture

Modern art can be a puzzle. Let our docents help you put the pieces together! Explore works by artists who took painting and sculpture in new directions by using line, shape and color in new and exciting ways.

Art & Selfie

Recommended for Grades 7 - 12

Art & Selfie

Art & Selfie is an identity and art tour program that explores sexuality, gender identity, body image and race in art, highlighting artists in the museum's collection such as James Gobel, Cindy Sherman and Robert Colescott.

The tours are discussion based and ask students to look at artworks, mining them for cultural stereotypes and other identity based markers. Tours also include hands on activities that ask students to rethink their assumptions about gender.

Collection Highlights

Visual Arts focused
Recommended for all ages/grades

Collection Highlights

Sample the treasures currently on view, including turn-of-the-twentieth century realism, American impressionism and electric array of late twentieth-century Pop art, surrealist and post-modern works.

School Tours are made possible by gifts from the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust, The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, The Sisler McFawn Foundation, The Welty Family Foundation and the Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation.


Schedule a Tour

Associate Educator
Gina Thomas McGee
330.376.9186 x247
gThomas@AkronArtMuseum.org

Available Tour Times

  • Tuesdays through Sundays
  • Start times from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (or Thursday evening)
  • Tours last 45-60 minutes

Group Requirements

  • Minimum 10 students and 1 adult
  • Maximum 60 people
  • Must bring 1 adult chaperone per 15 students

Student Tour Costs

  • Free for students Pre-K through 12
  • Free for a limited number of adult chaperones
  • The museum can cover some trip expenses for schools facing funding challenges