School Programs

The Museum offers a range of unique, interactive educational experiences for students that encourage and deepen students' appreciation of art, architecture, and music. Each experience highlights a different aspect of the permanent collection, making concepts and content accessible through specialized tours and hands-on workshops led by teaching artists.

The following programs are available for 2024-25 school year booking. Contact to book a program for your classroom today.

Hear Art/See Music

Hear Art / See Music is a multidisciplinary artistic investigation centered around The Kreeger Museum's exquisite collection of African Masks. We begin with comparing and contrasting two masks from the continent of Africa: the Chi Wara mask from the people of present-day Mali, and the Banda mask from the people of present-day Guinea. The student group then participates in two hands on activities; a drum circle, led by a musician, and a mask-making workshop, led by a visual artist. The curriculum focuses on art vs. design, pattern, rhythm, communication, cultural perspective, and form vs. function. This program can be modified to accommodate 4th-12th grade students.

Seeing Shapes and Colors

Seeing Shapes and Colors is an interactive, two-part educational program that asks students to consider how paintings and sculptures use shapes and colors to communicate. The visit includes a tour of the Museum exploring works by Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Van Gogh, and members of the Washington Color School, and a hands- on activity, which provides students with the opportunity to experiment directly with the lessons of the visit using artist-grade materials. This program can be modified to accommodate 4th-7th grade students.

The Making of Architecture

The Making of Architecture is a two-part educational program featuring a tour of the museum and hands-on workshop. The tour focuses on the design and construction of the building, with special attention given to how Philip Johnson and Richard Foster created a unique architectural space. The workshop occurs in the museum's Great Hall and invites students to design a 3D model using principles introduced in the tour for a new addition for The Kreeger Museum. This program can be modified to accommodate 4th-12th grade students.

We are grateful for the support of partners who share our goal of reaching the entire Washington, DC, community.

Generous support for our Education Programs is provided by:


Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation

The Galper Family Charitable Fund