School Visits

At the Taft Museum of Art, our art experiences promote critical thinking, creativity, and visual literacy skills.

What will your student do at the museum?

  • Look closely at art, connect concepts to visual evidence, and analyze results
  • Hands-on activities that extend engagement to active participation

We aim to foster the development of the four Cs of 21st century learning: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Schedule your FREE school program!


Busing assistance is available upon request for schools with demonstrated need.

School Visit Themes

Select a theme, request a tour of a special exhibition, or contact us to customize your museum experience.

Passport to Art | Grades 2-8

Get your passport ready! Take an imaginary trip around the world with artworks from all areas of the Museum’s collection. We provide the passport and you fill in your stories. (1 hour or 1½ hours, max 75 students)


House of Art | Grades 2-6

From home to museum, learn about the history of this house, the mystery of the Duncanson murals, and the people who lived here before it became a museum. Students will make a collage portrait of an imaginary person. (1½ hours, max 60 students)


Experience Painting | for Grades 2–12

Journey through landscapes, meet people in portraits, and discover the stories depicted in paintings on canvas, wooden panels, ceramics, and enamel. Students will make their own paintings. (2 hours, max 60 students)


Far Flung

Experience Architecture: Understanding Space | for Grades 5–12

Identify architectural elements and practice spatial skills while exploring the Taft Museum of Art’s historic house. Learn how to read a floor plan and an elevation, and translate two-dimensional drawings into a three-dimensional model. (1½ hours, 40 students)


Ohio “State of the Art”  | Ideal for Grade 4

Meet the people who contributed to the development of the Ohio Valley through role-playing at a party hosted by Annie Taft. Tour the Museum and, through their portraits, meet the Tafts, who gave us this house and its artworks. Also get to know some Ohio artists by looking at their paintings. (1 ½ hours, max 40 students)

Enemies of Art: Light, Heat, and Humidity  | for Grades 7–12

This visit, along with pre-visit exercises and experiments, investigates the science of preservation and conservation of art. Students will learn about the effects of light and humidity on works of art and what curators do to preserve them. (1 ½ hours, max 50 students)


Art and Adjectives | Grades 2-6
Look, see, say, and write! This gallery program encourages students to build vocabulary and hone their looking skills through gallery games and conversations. Description and expression come together in the art activity. (1 ½ hours, max 40 students)


Special Exhibition Tours  | for Grades 2–12

These tours provide students with engaging conversations and learning opportunities around special exhibitions.


Customized Tours | Grades 2-12

Want an experience not covered in these themes? Contact or (513) 684-4516 and we’ll work with you to develop a customized program.



School Tours Generously Supported by:



Education Program Sponsors:

Charles H. Dater Foundation



Joy and W.G. (Pete) Alpaugh Trust