The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

PK-12 Teachers

We are dedicated to serving students of all ages. Hundreds of PK-12 students from Southern Arizona visit the Museum each year. Integrating art into school curriculum is a proven method that encourages students to engage, inquire, and respond to the world around them.

Field trips

UAMA offers several types of field trip for students of all ages. Admission is free for everyone 18 and under, all students, and groups of 10+ of any age. One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students and receives free admission. To provide an enjoyable experience for all visitors and protect artworks from being bumped due to overcrowded galleries, we limit field trip visitors to 60 at one time.

Reservations are required for all groups visiting the Museum. Please submit the Tour Information Request Form at least three weeks prior to your visit. To request a tour with shorter notice or if you have questions, please contact Willa Ahlschwede, willa@email.arizona.edu.

Field Trip Options:

Guided tour: Take part in an interactive tour customized to fit the needs of your students and curriculum. An inquiry-based approach allows students to make observations, strengthen their critical thinking skills, and make connections between art and life. We recommend splitting larger classes into groups of 10-15 students and provide a guide for each group. To schedule a free guided tour of the museum, click here.

Semi-guided visit: Be welcomed by a UAMA docent who will stay in the galleries to answer questions and assist your group while you explore the Museum at your own pace. This is a great option for teachers who have planned specific activities or tours which they wish to lead themselves, but still get support as needed. Make a reservation using the Tour Request Form to ensure your preferred date is available and help us make your arrival easy and efficient.

Self-guided visit:  Teachers and group leaders guide their students independently. Make a reservation using the Tour Request Form to ensure your preferred date is available and help us make your arrival easy and efficient.

School Artreach

We are excited to announce the opportunity to bring the Museum to your classroom. With our School Artreach program our educators bring the art museum experience to you. The lessons include inquiry-based looking strategies, critical thinking, and creativity. Each lesson involves an art making project. Currently we are offering:

  • Arizona State History (Grade 4)
  • Art and Literacy (Grades 2-8)

To register for a program, contact Chelsea Farrar, Curator of Community Engagement, cjfarrar@email.arizona.edu

Professional Development

The Museum can create customized professional development opportunities for your district, school, or department. Examples of past professional development workshops include how to use art in your classroom, exhibit specific workshops highlighting a temporary exhibit or a part of our permanent collection, and using curriculum resources from the Museum to best support your classroom. To get started, please contact Willa Ahlschwede, Program Coordinator: willa@email.arizona.edu.

Online Resources

Use the following resources to incorporate art learning into your classroom or prepare for a field trip visit.

art/write – Using work from the UAMA permanent collection, art/write is a free online program for high school teachers. Here teachers will discover a variety of lesson plans that can be used to inspire writing with high school aged students. Using artwork as a starting point, students will develop skills in careful observation, critical thinking, analysis of ideas and events, and creative thinking.

5th Grade Public Art Tour

Public Art Guided Tour

Approaching a Work of Art

Museum Postcard Activity

Pre and Post Visit Activity