Visiting with K-12 School Groups
The primary mission of the Fowler's Education Department is to strengthen global arts and humanities education – particularly at the K-12 level – by helping to increase understanding of our world's cultural and artistic traditions.
Encourage students to explore the diverse peoples of the world – their arts, traditions, and beliefs – with a visit to the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Our school visits offer many opportunities to excite, engage, and challenge students of all ages and abilities. As you plan your trip to UCLA, explore different options for your school visit below.
Highly interactive student-centered learning distinguishes the Fowler's School Visit Program. Trained museum educators facilitate in-gallery lessons that utilize dynamic questioning strategies, small-group interactions, peer teaching, and object-centered approaches. All programs are exhibition-based, and are followed by a hands-on session of age-appropriate art-making and writing experiences.
- All tours meet California State Grade Level Content Standards.
Guided visits can be scheduled for any of the Museum's current exhibitions :
Intersections: World Arts Local Lives
Pre K-12 students have the opportunity to experience one of our nation's most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, which features approximately 250 works from the Fowler's collections in a long-term exhibition. It celebrates the richness of world arts and considers the roles these works play in peoples' lives. In-gallery discussions explore the themes of ART and ACTION, ART and KNOWLEDGE, ART and POWER, and ART and TRANSFORMATION. The visit culminates in an in-depth object study in the Fowler in Focus gallery, a rotating installation of new acquisitions, special collections, and particular artistic genres.
- Browse the Curriculum Resource Unit for the Intersections exhibition.
Fifth grade classrooms are especially encouraged to invigorate their American History curriculum with a visit to the Fowler's collection of silver. Comprising 251 objects representing sixteenth through nineteenth century continental Europe, Great Britain and the United States, this exhibition interprets silver in its social contexts. Highlights of the tour include vessels both whimsical and utilitarian from renowned workshops—such as those of American patriot silversmith Paul Revere (c.1760), British silversmith Paul de Lamerie (c.1800), and Russian jeweler Karl Fabergé (c.1900). Tours of Reflecting Culture are offered on the first Friday of every month at 10:00 and 11:30 am.
Two of the Museum's four galleries are dedicated to dynamic temporary exhibitions. Class visits to these special exhibitions engage students in exploring a culture, artistic tradition, or contemporary artist in depth through in-gallery discussions and age-appropriate hands-on learning activities in the Fowler's art studio. Students investigate themes such as identity, memory, community, traditions and change, globalization, and arts activism.
In-gallery lessons are built around set themes that are appropriate for a range of grade levels. When scheduling a visit, teachers are encouraged to share specific content requests and alert us to any special needs of your students.
COST: This is a FREE program.
Schedule a Guided Visit:
- Programs for K-12 students are held Wednesday through Friday at 10:00 and 11:30 am.
- The Museum can accommodate up to 70 students per visit and requests one adult chaperone for every fifteen children.
- In-gallery sessions and hands-on artmaking workshops are approximately an hour and a half In duration.
- Guided visits must be scheduled in advance.
- Call (310) 206-5663 or email.
- Requests are processed on a first come, first served basis.
- Schools are responsible for providing transportation to the Museum.
If you and your students would prefer to learn at your own pace, please sign up for a self-guided experience at the Fowler. We encourage you to explore our Curriculum Resource Units, which are available for most major exhibitions at the Fowler, and which may be useful as you prepare for your students' visit.
- Self-guided visits are available Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5:00 pm.
- Call (310) 206-5663 to schedule a visit.