So you are wishing there were opportunities in your community where you could take your students on a meaningful art field trip? In this section you will find various novel ideas for engaging field trips close by.
Field Trip Ideas
An art teacher can think of the elements of art and the principles of design when planning local field trips for his/her students. Here are some fun, yet educational, field trips that you might want to try.
Virtual Art Field Trips
Sometimes, field trips to great locations aren’t possible. Check out some of these free virtual tours of famous museums and locations around the world.
A local park/reserve
Have students find some of the elements of art and principles of design in nature. Look for symmetry in butterflies, spirals in snail shells, repetition and pattern in tree bark.
An architecture walk through your city’s downtown or historical area
Learn about the architectural highlights and the history behind the buildings in your town.
An artist’s studio
Find a practicing artist with a studio and pay them a visit.
A local museum
Connect with a museum educator to plan projects to make your visit more structured and meaningful for your students.
A classroom observation
Find someone that uses TAB (free choice) in his/her classroom and is willing to do a fun lesson with your students.
A gallery tour
Plan a scavenger hunt at your local gallery.
An archaeological site
There are a wide range of Native American archaeological sites in the US and First Nations archaeological sites in Canada. Learn about the pottery or other artifacts that have been found.
Have your own photo shoot
Teach students about art photography and take them out to creatively document the world around them.
A local ceramics shop
Teach students about ceramics and have them make, glaze, or paint pottery. Observe how a kiln works.
A local bakery
Teach students about the art of cake decorating and have them observe a master cake decorator.
A print shop
See printing presses in operation and learn how to typeset.
A blacksmith's shop
Learn about the art of metal work and visit a pioneer event featuring a working blacksmith.
A paper mill
Learn about the paper making process.
Learn about the tools and various materials used to make a basket.
Boston Children’s Museum
360º perspective of all the rooms in the three level museum.
360º tour of their vast collection of world art and artifacts.
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
360º tour of the world’s most comprehensive collections of the archaeology of the Holy Land, and Jewish art and life, and more.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, California
Getty Center 360º tour showing European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and photography.
Explore panoramic views of famous sites in 360º street-view tours.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Foundation
New York, New York
360º view of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and Contemporary art.
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
360º tour of decorative and industrial arts.
Virtual tours of the Egyptian Antiquities, the Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and the Galerie d’Apolion.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York
360º view of an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe and collections of modern and contemporary art.
360º tour of German, Middle East, and Islamic antiquities.
Michelangelo’s ceiling and other incredible artwork.
Explore many of the spaces both in and around the museum in a 360º view.
The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia
360º tour of the second largest art museum in the world.
360º tour of priceless works from the period of the Italian Renaissance.
The White House
Behind the scenes look at the different art and culture in the famed building.
The Bolshoi Theatre
Historic 1825, theatre by architect Joseph Bove’, which holds ballet and opera performances.
360º view of the AD 72 oval amphitheater.
360º tour of the five story Pagoda, a national treasure of Japan.
Take a 360º climb up the famous tower by engineer Gustave Eiffel.
Great Pyramid of Giza
El Giza, Egypt
360º view of the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in Giza.
360º view of the temple from 778. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure.
Use the memorial map to move from location to location to explore close-up panoramas and read inscriptions.
Rmn-Grand Palais rooftop view
360º rooftop view of the large historic site, exhibition hall, and museum complex constructed in 1897.
The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
360º tour of the late 17th century Baroque style building.
360º view of the ivory-white marble mausoleum commissioned in 1632.
360º view as you glide along the city’s waterways.