Start with Art Sub-Saharan Africa

Start with Art Sub-Saharan Africa

Guided Tour of African Exhibits

The guided tour focuses on the museum’s collection of sub-Saharan African artifacts, particularly the African masks. Topics of discussion may include: masking and dancing tradition and culture, the influence of African masks on western art, information about specific African ethnic groups represented in the collection, including religious beliefs and mythology, geography, and government.

Hands On! Students get to touch artifacts from the education collection.

Topics and content are modified to be age appropriate for students in 2nd-12th grades.

African Mask Art Activity

Students create African masks, using watercolor resist. Emphasis is placed on shapes, patterns, and symmetry.

This project is enjoyed by all age levels.

Visual Thinking Strategies™

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a student-centered discussion method grounded in decades of research and testing. The method uses discussions of art to expand critical thinking skills. Students will use VTS to discuss additional artworks in the gallery.

Learn more about VTS | Get trained in VTS

Extend the Experience

Check out the traveling treasure trove or download the education guide to experience the museum in the classroom.

The travel trove includes video, music, games, books, posters, and more! You can borrow it for free for 2 weeks. The museum covers to/from shipping.

The education guide includes suggestions for corresponding activities in all curriculum areas.

Check out a Treasure Trove *Coming Soon!
Download the Education Guide

Field Trip Information

  • Reservation required 2 weeks in advance—one month or more is recommended for optimum scheduling.
  • 10 participating children are required. Limited to 75 children. Appropriate for ages 4-18.
  • FREE with a scholarship from MGMoA Fund-A-Program. Regular price is $3 per student. School groups traveling by bus or van are eligible for up to $200 reimbursement for bus transportation.
  • 1 chaperon per 10 kids is required and admission is waived. Additional adults are $4 each.

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