The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth welcomes student groups FREE of charge for docent-guided and self-guided tours of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and the architecture of the museum. Docent-led tours are a great way to introduce your students to modern and contemporary art. Museum-trained docents offer dynamic interaction with the works on view, providing insight into the ideas and techniques behind the art. Click here to request a tour.
The Modern is currently booked for guided school tours until May. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
School Repeat Visit Programs
For more than a decade, the Modern has been proud to serve area public schools through two repeat visit programs: Writing to Look and Gallery and Studio Connections. For these programs, six middle schools and six high schools each make three unique visits to the Museum over the course of the school year.
The Modern’s Teen/Artist Project pairs area high school students with artists as teachers and aims to expand students’ art practices, introducing new concepts, artists, and media.
Spring Break Art Camp
A select group of 20 third- and fourth-grade students from five low-income elementary schools are given the opportunity to work closely with three visiting artists on projects that directly relate to the art and architecture of the Modern. From 8 am to 3 pm during the FWISD spring break, campers engage in gallery conversations and studio activities that relate to exhibitions on view. Camp concludes with student-led tours of the galleries and an art exhibition and reception of student work in the education studio and facilities.
Museum Forum for Teachers: Modern & Contemporary Art
Dallas and Fort Worth museums collaborate to present a week-long summer program for educators that is designed to strengthen teachers’ understanding of modern and contemporary art and architecture and to develop strategies to teach, interpret, and use works of art in the classroom and on museum field trips. The program also provides teachers with an opportunity to connect with the collections and resources available to them at each museum, while meeting and sharing ideas with other classroom teachers.
This special lecture caters to the arts education community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Lecturers are selected based on their theoretical and critical contributions within the field of contemporary art and provide supplemental commentary on topics related to the Modern’s exhibition programming.
Dunbar Community Night at the Modern
This partnership between Dunbar High School and the Modern celebrates student achievements in art research and presentation. Selected students spend an academic year engaged in repeat visits to the Modern, collaborating with docents and assistant curators of education to gain a deeper understanding of a particular exhibition, selected works, and artists. Each visit is designed to assist students in gaining confidence in their research, interpretation, and presentation of modern and contemporary art in the form of public tours, creative writing, and an art installation. The program concludes with the Dunbar Community Night at the Modern, where students present their final research to their peers, friends and family, FWISD administration, and the general public. The formal celebratory event takes place in the Modern’s galleries, auditorium, and Grand Lobby, with food and beverages provided.
Continuing Professional Education Credits
The Modern is certified by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification to offer Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. Museum Forum for Teachers qualifies as a CPE activity, as do many tours, lectures, studio classes, and workshops offered through the Modern’s education department. If you have questions about specific programs, or if you would like the education department to develop a custom workshop for CPE credit based around the Museum’s collection, call 817.840.2141 or contact the Education Department here.
Educator Email Newsletter
Sign up to receive information relevant to educators through our Educator Email Newsletter. Send a message to the Education Department here, place the word “newsletter” in the subject line, and list your name, school, and the grade level(s) and subject you teach in the body of the message.
Educator Art Cards
Art Cards provide an introduction to selected works in the Modern’s permanent collection. Produced specifically to help educators prepare their students for upcoming visits to the Museum, the Cards provide background information and broader contexts for understanding the individual works. Click here for printable PDF files.