Youth Tours

Guided Close-looking Tours

Guided Close-looking Tours

Learning to Look


Our “Learning to Look” gallery talks enhance learning and help students hone their observational skills and strengthen their ability to empathize, analyze, reason and intuit.  Museum Education staff work closely with teachers and group leaders to tailor gallery talk topics to expand upon particular areas of the school curriculum or specific classroom or group projects. Led by trained Gallery Guides, our Learning to Look tours begin with a brief history of the Historic Griswold House and evolution of the Newport Art Museum before delving into close observation and thoughtful dialogue around a small number of specially selected works of art.  The Museum’s goal is to encourage students to examine carefully, express their impressions descriptively, and enjoy artistic discovery.


Popular Themes Include:

  • History of Newport through the Permanent Collection
  • The Women of the Newport Art Association
  • Special Exhibitions and Contemporary Art
  • Your Newport Neighborhood




Enhanced Tour Options

Art-making at the Coleman Center

Enrich students experience further with hands-on art-making at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies.  During this experience, students explore the Museum with a guided tour and then investigate new materials and processes with a hands-on and content-related art making activity.   An art-making session adds approximately forty-five minutes to the guided tour length.  Additional per student fee applies to cover material costs.  Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance.


Coleman Center Art Instructor Pre-lesson

Take learning a step further with a Pre-Lesson, allowing students to engage in a more complex art-making project.  Pre-Lessons are led by a Coleman Center Art Educator and are taught right in your classroom or group site.  Additional flat fee applies to cover staffing costs.  Reservations are required at least three weeks in advance, and must coincide with a guided tour.


Art-Making fees

$3/student Materials Fee for Art-making activity at the Coleman Center

$250 fee for Coleman Center Art Instructor on site Pre-lesson