School Tours

School Tours

For each exhibition, Laguna Art Museum offers interactive school tours for all grade levels free of charge. Tours are facilitated by trained docents and are designed to let students be active participants in the process of looking at, learning about, and enjoying art.
The Education Department consults closely with teachers to ensure that thematic tours enhance classroom learning and support curriculum objectives.
Docent-led tours:
• encourage careful observation.
• foster an open exchange of ideas.
• cultivate connections between art and life.
• create a positive and welcoming learning environment.
• utilize a variety of teaching strategies and group activities to help meet the needs and interests of diverse learners.
Notes about group tours:
• All school or other group tours need to make a reservation at least three weeks ahead of time.
• The museum requires at least one adult chaperone for every ten students.
• Students and adult chaperones are admitted free of charge.
• Museum hours:
Monday – Tuesday, Friday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays and on major public holidays.

Art-Making Activities

Laguna Art Museum’s Education Department offers optional art-making activities as part of our interactive school tour experience. Art activities are instructed by museum teaching artists and are inspired by museum exhibitions.

Teachers may choose from a variety of exhibition-based art activities aligned with Visual Arts curriculum standards. New activities are designed by professional teaching artists for every exhibition cycle.

Art-Making Activities:
• are aligned with Visual Arts curriculum standards.
• are taught by museum teaching artists and customized to each grade level.
• support multi-modal learning and reinforce concepts discussed during gallery tours.

Reservations and fees:
• $3 per participant materials fee (minimum of 20 participants or $60).
• Art-making activities may be selected at the time of your reservation.

Art-Making Activities for Current Exhibitions:
• Thinking Outside the Frame
• Fictional Landscapes
• Design a Sugar Skull


Curriculum Materials

Curriculum materials based on California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930 are available for download below. Focusing on Ferdinand Deppe’s painting, Mission San Gabriel, this unit addresses the pre-secularization period of the missions during Mexican-era California and shows students how a painting or other work of art can be a window into another time period.  Curriculum materials were created by Michele Brewster, PhD student in World History at UC Irvine, and are aligned with state and national guidelines.

Unit Introduction

• Activity 1: What is a Primary Source?
• Activity 2: Furthering Point of View in the Deppe Painting
• Activity 3: Life of Ferdinand Deppe
• Activity 4: Hide and Tallow Trade

• Doc. A: Mission San Gabriel painting
• Doc. B: Primary and secondary source worksheet
• Doc. C: Sources to help interpret painting
• Doc. D: Grade level reader
• Doc. E: Advanced reader
• Doc. F: Example of hide and tallow collection

Transportation Scholarships

Laguna Art Museum is pleased to offer bus scholarships for K-12 school groups who would otherwise not be able to visit the museum. These scholarships are available during the run of our Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions (October 15, 2017-January 14, 2018). To request bus funding, please indicate your school’s eligibility on the request form below. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis until funds are depleted. Funding is not guaranteed until confirmed in writing by the education department. Please allow up to five business days for consideration of your application.

• Schedule a docent-led tour between October 23, 2017 and January 14, 2018.
• Fill each requested bus with at least 40 students (exceptions will be considered for middle school and high school groups).
• Laguna Art Museum will pay up to $300 for one bus.
• The teacher makes bus arrangements with a bus company of their choice. Laguna Art Museum will reimburse costs up to the agreed amount.

To make your reservation, please fill out the application form below or contact Irin Mahaparn at 949.494.8971 x221. Please note that the museum is closed on Wednesdays.
*Note to parents and teachers: Laguna Art Museum presents a wide variety of exhibitions depicting a broad scope of subjects, sometimes including adult themes. The museum recommends that you familiarize yourself with the current exhibition before your scheduled tour.