Explore the Museum with your students through guided tours, engage in professional development, or download Educator Guides. Educator resources are available to support teachers in integrating the visual arts into their classrooms.

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The Everson Museum of Art’s Outreach Program increases access to the visual arts and provides opportunities for everyone in the community to experience all that the Everson has to offer. The program provides quality educational experiences that increase understanding and appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning and exploration.


Professional development workshops are held throughout the year for educators of all disciplines and grade levels. Educators receive Resource Guides (lesson ideas, images, and other resources) and partake in gallery walks, lectures, and art making to support pre- and post-tour classroom activities.

Visual Thinking Strategies Workshops

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a student-centered, developmental, inquiry-based method of teaching. VTS helps students and teachers develop critical thinking skills through art-based discussions. Teachers learn facilitation techniques which improve student observation and evidential reasoning skills and address the Common Core learning standards. Workshops for individual schools may be arranged by contacting Adam Carlin, Director of Learning & Engagement at [email protected] or (315) 474 6064 #324.

Educator Resource Guides

The Everson Museum of Art offers a variety of resources to enhance your curriculum. Educator Resource Guides correspond with the permanent collection, temporary and traveling exhibitions, and are meant to help educators adapt the content of an exhibition to their individual curriculum needs. They include an introduction to the exhibition, artist biographies, related lessons, images, glossary of terms and additional resources for further research on your own, such as websites and printed materials. In addition, the guide provides educators with the necessary information to maximize the benefit of a guided tour of the exhibition.

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School Tours

The Everson gives students the opportunity to enjoy, learn and connect with art through a variety of docent-led tours. Choose from one of our thematic tours or take a general tour of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Everson To You

The Everson Museum of Art can come to you! Using Zoom video conferencing a Museum educator will provide a Museum-themed lesson in real time (each session lasts approximately 30 minutes). This program is meant for schools, homeschool groups, and area community organizations. Sessions must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

To arrange your program, please fill out the form below and send to Adam Carlin, Director of Learning & Engagement at [email protected]

Museums play an integral role in the way society perceives itself. They are trusted sources of information and custodians of objects. More than that, museums shape culture and inspire people to action. In this virtual art talk, students have the opportunity to engage with an Everson staff member to discuss the role of museums as culturally responsive organizations, and take a virtual guided tour of some of Everson’s highlighted exhibitions. This art talk addresses standard 6 of the Common Core’s art standards for High School Students.

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Live Virtual Lessons
Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies provide an inquiry-based approach to looking at art. Museum educators will guide students through facilitated discussions about selected narrative-based works of art from the Everson’s collection.

Exploring the Everson’s Collection

(Can be tailored according to grade level)

Explore a thematic selection of objects from the Everson’s collection.

Conveying Meaning Through Art

(Appropriate for High School grade level. Supports anchor standard 6 Conveying meaning through the presentation of artistic work)

Live Virtual Lessons are made possible in part by the Everson Docent Association, Institute of Museum and Library Services, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, and Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

In-Person Tour Options

General Tour

The Everson Museum of Art features the works of American artists from the 18th century to the present, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and ceramics, as well as special exhibitions.


The Everson’s architecture tours offer a closer look at our largest work of art: the Museum’s renowned building designed by internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei. The Everson was Pei’s first museum and launched his career as a museum architect. Over the course of his career, Pei has designed more than 35 museums and exhibition spaces throughout the world including the Pyramide du Louvre (Paris, France), National Gallery’s East Wing (Washington, DC), the Kennedy Library (Boston, MA), Sainsbury Wing – National Gallery (London, England) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (Cleveland, Ohio).

Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual Thinking Strategies tours provide an inquiry-based approach to looking at art. Docents guide visitors through facilitated discussions about selected narrative-based
works of art.

Studio Art Workshop K-12 School Groups

This program pairs a 60-minute Docent-led tour with a 60-minute art-making experience in the Danial Family Education Center. Students will explore the galleries and discuss works of art and then make their own creations out of clay. Please specify if you wish to use air dry or kiln fired clay when scheduling.

  • Studio Art Workshop must be requested at least four weeks in advance
  • K-12 Studio Art Workshops can accommodate a maximum of 30 students
  • Workshops are available Tuesday through Friday mornings
  • Fee is $8 per student.
  • Add an additional $2 per student if using kiln fired clay, which covers the cost of preparing and firing pieces
  • Pre-payment is required
  • Kiln fired pieces may take several weeks to dry and fire.


*All tours are also available in French on a limited basis*

Planning a Tour

  • Beginning September 1, 2017 tours will cost $50 per classroom.
  • Pre-payment is required.
  • Scholarships are available to organizations and schools that demonstrate financial hardship or need. Inquire about scholarships during booking.
  • Tours must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • Private docent-led tours are available Tuesday– Friday beginning at 10:00am.
  • Weekend tours are available on a limited basis.
  • Tours last one hour unless other arrangements are made.
  • Group size is limited to 60 people per hour. Larger groups may reserve two consecutive sessions.
  • If you plan to have students draw or write in the galleries please let us know in advance. Please note: Only #2 pencils are allowed in galleries.
  • We ask that students in school tours arrive at the Museum with name tags.
  • We cannot accommodate unscheduled tours.

Please have the following information ready when arrange a tour:

  • Date and time preferred
  • Group size and number of classes
  • Contact person
  • Address, phone number, email
  • Special requirements (drawing in galleries, etc)
  • Age/grade of school children
  • Educational objectives (related curricula
    or areas of study)

To schedule your tour, contact Adam Carlin, Director of Learning & Engagement at (315) 474-6064 x324 or email [email protected]

Download Educators Guide to Visiting the Museum ›

Fill Out Our Tour Request Form ›

Download an Introduction to the Everson Museum ›


K-12 Docent-Led Tour Fee

A nominal tour fee of $50 per classroom for
K-12 school groups requesting docent-led tours is required. Scholarships will be available for request
on a need basis.

Financial Aid

Tickets for students to attend exhibitions can be purchased through the Center for Instruction Technology & Innovation Arts-in-Education service. This component is intended for off-site experiences in the arts areas only. Visit Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation to find out if your school
is eligible.

Resource Center

The Everson Educator Resource Center (ERC) serves as a lending library to help area educators integrate art into their curriculum. The ERC provides a distinctive collection of art and cultural materials, technology and services to enliven student learning experiences through art, at no cost. The ERC is located on the lower level of the Museum.

Resources available for loan include art reference texts, interdisciplinary curricula, Visual Thinking Strategies materials, multicultural art objects, art reproductions, children’s books, games, educational videos and more!


The ERC is available for use Wednesday through Friday, Noon – 5.00pm by appointment only.

ERC Circulation Policies

  • Users must register to borrow items
  • All materials are for private study and/or educational
  • There are no fees to borrow resources
  • Resources may be borrowed for three weeksItems may be renewed once for an additional three weeks unless a hold has been place
  •  A maximum of five resources may be checked out at any
    given time
  • Contact the Education Department to request a hold
  • Resources must be picked up from and returned to the ERC
  • A $1 fine will be incurred for each day past due
  • The borrower will be financially responsible for any lost or
    damaged materials.

The Educator Resource Center is made possible through grants from the John Ben Snow Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Become an ERC user. Schedule your appointment with Adam Carlin, Director of Learning & Engagement at (315) 474 6064 #324 or [email protected]