New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum was founded in 1903 as the first museum strictly devoted to American art. It encompasses early work in the Colonial and Federal styles; genre painting of the 19th century; and the Impressionist, modernist, and abstract styles of the 20th century. Tours are designed to engage learners through activities, observation, and problem solving.

contact info

Hrs: Sun.-Wed., Fri. 11AM-5PM, Thurs. 11AM-8PM, Sat. 10AM-5PM.

School

Tours give students new ways of understanding artwork from different perspectives as artists, art critics, and storytellers. Learn how artists' use of setting, symbolism, imagery, and tone reflect historical periods; and how artists depict the world in different ways. 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.

supports classroom learning in:
Art, Social Studies.

topics covered:
18th Century, 19th Century, American Art, Modern Art, Drawing, Painting.

contact info
Name: Maura O’Shea.
Phone: 860-229-0257 ext. 235
Email: osheam@nbmaa.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Any size. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Available for purchase, Catering. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Art Museum Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

– Vincent Van Gogh created over 2,000 works during his lifetime. However, he was only ever able to sell one of his paintings while he was alive.

– Leonardo Da Vinci was left-handed. He took notes from right-to-left instead of the English language standard left-to-right.

– Pablo Picasso was arrested and questioned regarding the theft of Mona Lisa in 1911. He was released without being charged.

– In late 1961, Henri Matisse’s painting “Le Bateau” was hung upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 46 days before anyone noticed.

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New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum was founded in 1903 as the first museum strictly devoted to American art. It encompasses early work in the Colonial and Federal styles; genre painting of the 19th century; and the Impressionist, modernist, and abstract styles of the 20th century. Tours are designed to engage learners through activities, observation, and problem solving.

contact info

Hrs: Sun.-Wed., Fri. 11AM-5PM, Thurs. 11AM-8PM, Sat. 10AM-5PM.

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.

supports scout badges in:
Art, Social Studies.

topics covered:
18th Century, 19th Century, American Art, Modern Art, Drawing, Painting.

contact info
Name: Hannah Kruger.
Phone: 860-229-0257 ext. 220
Email: krugerh@nbmaa.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10-20 children. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Available for purchase, Catering. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Art Museum Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

– Vincent Van Gogh created over 2,000 works during his lifetime. However, he was only ever able to sell one of his paintings while he was alive.

– Leonardo Da Vinci was left-handed. He took notes from right-to-left instead of the English language standard left-to-right.

– Pablo Picasso was arrested and questioned regarding the theft of Mona Lisa in 1911. He was released without being charged.

– In late 1961, Henri Matisse’s painting “Le Bateau” was hung upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 46 days before anyone noticed.

View Lesson Plan>>

New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum was founded in 1903 as the first museum strictly devoted to American art. It encompasses early work in the Colonial and Federal styles; genre painting of the 19th century; and the Impressionist, modernist, and abstract styles of the 20th century. Tours are designed to engage learners through activities, observation, and problem solving.

contact info

Hrs: Sun.-Wed., Fri. 11AM-5PM, Thurs. 11AM-8PM, Sat. 10AM-5PM.

Homeschool

Homeschool Days at the New Britain Museum feature a different exhibit, period, medium, or artistic element each month. Learners develop their visual literacy as they discuss and study what makes each work of art significant. Then, in the studio, they can delve into the creative process with an activity like writing, drawing, painting, or collage.

supports classroom learning in:
Art, Social Studies.

topics covered:
18th Century, 19th Century, American Art, Modern Art, Drawing, Painting.

contact info
Name: Hannah Kruger.
Phone: 860-229-0257 ext. 220
Email: krugerh@nbmaa.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School Group Size: Any size. Program Type: Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Art Museum Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

– Vincent Van Gogh created over 2,000 works during his lifetime. However, he was only ever able to sell one of his paintings while he was alive.

– Leonardo Da Vinci was left-handed. He took notes from right-to-left instead of the English language standard left-to-right.

– Pablo Picasso was arrested and questioned regarding the theft of Mona Lisa in 1911. He was released without being charged.

– In late 1961, Henri Matisse’s painting “Le Bateau” was hung upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 46 days before anyone noticed.

View Lesson Plan>>

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