New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum was founded in 1903 as the first museum strictly devoted to American art. Located on historic Walnut Hill Park designed by famed landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, NBMAA’s collections encompass early work in the Colonial and Federal styles; genre painting of the 19th century; and American Impressionism, 20th century modernism, abstraction and minimalism, as well as contemporary artworks. Tours are designed to engage learners through activities, observation, and problem solving, as well as hands-on art making in the museum’s art studios. The Art Lab, a space for younger learners and families, offers self-directed, drop-in activities for families that combine art, science, math, and literature.
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT 06052. Hartford County.
Tel: 860-229-0257.
Website: www.nbmaa.org.
Hrs: The museum offers programs for school groups from  9 a.m. –5p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
SCHOOL
We provide a personalized, interactive experience for student groups of all ages, abilities, and levels, from preschool through high school. Artworks are rich primary sources that connect history, literature, STEM, and the arts to encourage interdisciplinary learning. Experienced docents and Museum educators invite students to explore American art and culture through discussion and activities that utilize observation, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Artwork explored on a tour typically encompasses the Colonial Period, Hudson River School, Impressionism, and the 20th century. Students then explore materials and techniques in a hands-on studio workshop. 
 
Contact Info
Name: Maura O’Shea.
Phone: 860-229-0257 ext. 235.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Art, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Engineering.
Topics Covered: 19thand 20th century American art, modern art, contemporary art, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art, architecture, and landscape architecture.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: 15.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Email.
Food Options: Facilities available for brown bagged lunches.
Cost: Fee – Docent-led tours $5 per student; Studio activity $5 per student
Accessible To: PD.
 
Professional Development
Full or half-day teacher workshops are offered to K-12 educators from all disciplines. Learn to use the visual arts to enrich your curriculum and make interdisciplinary connections with language arts, social studies, math and engineering. Workshops may include docent-led tours, lectures, gallery-based exercises, and hands-on studio and writing activities all aimed at using the Museum’s collection to promote creative and critical thinking skills. Educators may register for themed workshops offered throughout the year or districts may book their own workshops.
 
Contact Info
Name: Maura O’Shea.
Phone: 860-229-0257 ext. 235.
 
 
SCOUTS
Badge programs combine an interactive gallery tour with a studio lesson. Girl Scouts can learn about the elements and techniques of a chosen medium (painting, drawing, or collage), while Boy Scouts can explore historical periods of American art. Scouts then apply what they've learned by experimenting with different art materials, and creating a work of art to take home.
 
Contact Info
Name: Kate Swanson.
Phone: 860-229-0257 ext. 220.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Art, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: 18th century art, 19th century art, American art, modern art, drawing, painting.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School.
Group Size: Min. 15.
Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Online.
Food Options: Available for purchase, Catering.
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: PD.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool Days at the New Britain Museum feature a different exhibit, period, medium, or artistic element each month. Learners develop visual literacy as they discuss and study what makes each work of art significant. In the studio, they explore into the creative process with an activity like writing, drawing, painting, or collage. Monthly programs on Mondays from October through June, 1:30 p.m., pre-registration required. Docent-led tours are also available.
 
Contact Info
Name: Kate Swanson.
Phone: 860-229-0257 ext. 220.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Art, Social Studies.
Topics Covered: American art, modern art, art history, drawing, painting, storytelling, writing.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School.
Group Size: Min. 15.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1- 2 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Online.
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: PD.

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