Tour Topics (2017-2018)

A sculpture of a young dancer.

Edgar Degas. Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen. Original model 1881; this cast 1919–1921. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Alice Morawetz Bequest Fund, BMA 1943.1

Collection Highlights

Students explore treasures of the BMA while developing skills for looking at art.
All Grades
Limit: 90 students


A black and white sculpture.

David Smith. Dida Gondola. 1964. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Purchase with exchange funds from Bequest of Saidie A. May, BMA 1990.9. Art © Estate of David Smith/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Parts of Art

Students discover how artists use line, shape, color, pattern, texture, and space to convey ideas and feelings.
Grades 1-12
Limit: 90 students


A stained glass window composed of autumn leaves.

Designer: Louis Comfort Tiffany. Autumn Leaves. c. 1885. Origin: Corona, New York, United States 101 West Monument Street Corporation Funds, BMA1979.177

American Art

Students discover the unique story of American art by examining diverse artworks from the 1700s to the present.
All Grades
Limit: 60 students


A colorful painting of a tailor shop.

Haywood Bill Rivers. Detail, Tailor Shop. 1948. The Baltimore Museum of Art: 1948 Maryland Artists Exhibition Purchase Prize, BMA 1948.29. © Artist or Artist’s Estate

African American Artists

Students explore portraits, landscapes, and sculptures by African-American artists from the 1800s through the present.
All Grades
Limit: 60 students


A woman holds a mango against a colorful background.

Paul Gauguin. Detail, Vahine no te vi (Woman of the Mango). 1892. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.213

Matisse & Friends

Students discover the power and beauty of artworks by modern masters like Gauguin and Matisse in the collection of Claribel and Etta Cone.
All Grades
Limit: 30 students


A bright red large sculpture is located in the sculpture garden.

Alexander Calder. 100 Yard Dash. 1969. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of Ryda and Robert H. Levi, Baltimore, BMA 1987.215. © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Sculpture Inside and Out

Students examine the shape, texture, materials, scale, and meaning of sculpture inside the Museum’s galleries and outside in the gardens.
All Grades
Limit: 60 students


Majestic Fox Court.

Figure of a Striding Camel. Early 8th century. Henan or Shaanxi province, China. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Gift of David K.E. Bruce, BMA 1956.148

Artful Animals

Students discover animals both realistic and fanciful in painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.
Grades K-5
Limit: 60 students


Two characters – Armida and Rinaldo – are located in this painting, surrounded by other characters including cherubs and a singing Nymph.

Sir Anthony van Dyck. Detail, Rinaldo and Armida. 1629. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Jacob Epstein Collection, BMA 1951.103

Art that Tells Stories

Students explore an artwork’s narrative, characters, and setting to discover an unexpected story.
All Grades
Limit: 60 students


A painting of a woman tossing a set of knucklebones.

Jean‑Baptiste‑Siméon Chardin. Detail, The Game of Knucklebones. c. 1734. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Mary Frick Jacobs Collection, BMA 1938.193

Portraits and Personalities

Students learn how artists convey information about people through pose, expression, costume, and setting.
All Grades
Limit: 90 students


Majestic Fox Court.

Olafur Eliasson. Flower observatory. 2004. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Fanny B. Thalheimer Memorial Fund, and Collectors Circle Fund, BMA 2003.233. © Olafur Eliasson

Contemporary Highlights

Students explore exciting painting, sculpture, drawings, video, sound, and interactive artworks made by artists from the 20th century to the present.
All Grades
Limit: 60 students