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Bring the CMA to Your Students

The 21st-century museum, much like the 21st-century classroom, is a dynamic space that is changing constantly. Whether welcoming your students into our physical space, or providing online options, CMA school programs are developed to align with classroom goals and meet standards across the curriculum to ensure a well-rounded, engaging learning experience. 

CMA virtual field trip options include:

Read more below, or reach out to us at 803-343-2163 or tours@columbiamuseum.org.

FREE for Title I Schools 

Full funding for any of these virtual field trips options is offered on a first come, first served basis while funding lasts to current Title I schools in South Carolina. Funds cover the virtual field trip plus studio kit add-ons for up to 25 students.

Support provided by Lipscomb Foundation.

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Live Virtual Field Trips

These 40-minute live virtual field trips provide access to high-resolution images of objects in the CMA collection along with live discussions facilitated by trained educators. Supplemental images are included, and in some cases video or audio components. Each virtual discussion comes with a cross-curricular studio art lesson plan that teachers can use to further enhance their classroom experience and reinforce the big ideas of the virtual discussion. 

Choose to have your virtual discussion hosted by a member of the trained corps of volunteer educators at the CMA or a highly skilled professional educator.

  • Virtual discussions with a volunteer educator cost $50 and will be conducted over Zoom.
  • Virtual discussions with a professional educator cost $75 and will be conducted over Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangout.

Studio Kit Add-On
These kits can be added on to any virtual field trip option for an additional charge. These sets include laminated reproductions of work from the museum’s collection as well as materials for students to complete the studio lesson that connects with their virtual discussion. $3 per student. Kits can be mailed out for an additional $10 fee or picked up from the CMA for no additional charge. 

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Program Choices

Preschool – Kindergarten Programs

Sense-ational Art
In this tour we’ll be using our senses to make discoveries about the art we see and the world around us. Join us as we explore texture, sound, and smell throughout the galleries and create multimedia masterpieces in the studios.
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Animal Nature
Come with us on an animal safari! We’ll be on the lookout for creatures of all kinds and learning about the natural environments they inhabit. In the studios we’ll make our own artful animals and habitats.
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1st – 3rd Grade Programs

Rock, Paper, Silver
In this tour we’ll explore natural resources and how they make up the materials used in works of art. We’ll use scientific and mathematical skills to discuss three-dimensional works of art from sculpture to architecture. In the studios we’ll create our own 3D creations.
Download Pre-Visit Guide

Show Me a Story
Art can tell all sorts of stories. Join us in the galleries to unravel these tales, discovering stories about famous figures and everyday events. Along the way we’ll explore ways artists use shape, color, and other elements of art to create new worlds before creating our own in the studios.
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4th – 5th Grade Programs

How Art Works
From a hammer and chisel to a well-oiled machine, art can be created with all sorts of things. In the studios we’ll learn the ins and outs of how art is made and the impact that art has in society.
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Visions of the United States
American life has been shaped by so many forces, from Native American tribes and African cultures to European fashions and popular culture. In the galleries we will discuss how art reflects American values and changing ways of life. In the studios students will create their own interpretation of Americana.
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6th – 8th Grade Programs

Ways of Life
Art doesn’t just tell us about the artist’s own ideas; it can tell us about what life is like in a certain time and place. In this tour we’ll explore art spanning from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern-day United States as we discuss how art shapes our understanding of cultures around the world.
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All Around Our State
While art can tell us about cultures around the world, it can also give vital information about our own region. In this tour we’ll span centuries of South Carolina history and culture, from one of the first Colonial artists to Native American art all the way up to the 21st century. In the studios students will explore how art and the written word intersect to inform historical understanding by creating their own periodicals. Supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission.
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9th – 12th Grade Programs

Making a Modern World
Being modern has meant different things in different eras. In this tour we’ll explore the notion of modernity through both history and art, from the Renaissance up to the present day. In the studios students will explore modernity and what it means in their daily lives through their own creations.
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Balance of Power
Art is one of many ways people have demonstrated prestige and privilege over time. In the galleries we’ll examine figures and symbols in works of art from the powerful to the powerless, discussing who is and is not being depicted.
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Pre-Recorded Video Gallery Tours

These 30-minute videos follow an educator through the galleries, replicating a CMA visit experience. The educator will incorporate inquiry-based discussion techniques that allow the teacher to further the conversation by pausing the video and facilitating discussion. Each purchase includes a video link and an introduction for teachers on how to facilitate image-based discussion.

This discussion of a piece in Black Is Beautiful is a short sample of what you'll see in a recorded video tour. 

$25 per video.

Studio Kit Add-On
These kits can be added on to any virtual field trip option for an additional charge. These sets include laminated reproductions of work from the museum’s collection as well as materials for students to complete the studio lesson that connects with their virtual discussion. $3 per student. Kits can be mailed out for an additional $10 fee or picked up from the CMA for no additional charge. 

Book Yours Today

Note: Many of these videos are currently in production. Videos will continue to be released in the coming weeks.

Program Choices

Preschool – Kindergarten Programs

Sense-ational Art
In this tour we’ll be using our senses to make discoveries about the art we see and the world around us. Join us as we explore texture, sound, and smell throughout the galleries and create multimedia masterpieces in the studios.
Download Pre-Visit Guide

1st – 3rd Grade Programs

Rock, Paper, Silver
In this tour we’ll explore natural resources and how they make up the materials used in works of art. We’ll use scientific and mathematical skills to discuss three-dimensional works of art from sculpture to architecture. In the studios we’ll create our own 3D creations.
Download Pre-Visit Guide

4th – 5th Grade Programs

How Art Works
From a hammer and chisel to a well-oiled machine, art can be created with all sorts of things. In the studios we’ll learn the ins and outs of how art is made and the impact that art has in society.
Download Pre-Visit Guide

6th – 8th Grade Programs

Ways of Life
Art doesn’t just tell us about the artist’s own ideas; it can tell us about what life is like in a certain time and place. In this tour we’ll explore art spanning from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern-day United States as we discuss how art shapes our understanding of cultures around the world.
Download Pre-Visit Guide

9th – 12th Grade Programs

Making a Modern World
Being modern has meant different things in different eras. In this tour we’ll explore the notion of modernity through both history and art, from the Renaissance up to the present day. In the studios students will explore modernity and what it means in their daily lives through their own creations.
Download Pre-Visit Guide

Balance of Power
Art is one of many ways people have demonstrated prestige and privilege over time. In the galleries we’ll examine figures and symbols in works of art from the powerful to the powerless, discussing who is and is not being depicted.
Download Pre-Visit Guide

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Pre-Recorded Video Gallery Tour: Black Is Beautiful

Please enjoy this free video tour of the exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite.

In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” This exhibition—the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career—tells the story of a key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

This discussion of Black Is Beautiful is an example of what you'll see in a recorded video tour.

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VoiceThread Interactive Tour

This tour provides the opportunity for students to engage with a recorded discussion around images of art that they can interact with independently and asynchronously. This fee provides the teacher with a unique link that will allow them to moderate and keep track of the discussion among their students while using a free VoiceThread account. VoiceThread can be seamlessly integrated with a number of LMS platforms, including Google and Canvas.

$25 per access code.

Contact Us to Book

Available Program: All Around the State
Level: Middle School

Different facets of life in South Carolina are reflected in its art—whether showcasing everyday occurrences or reflecting nationwide trends. This virtual tour is made possible with the support of the South Carolina Arts Commission under the auspices of the Arts in Education Project grant.

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Image Sets and Lesson Plans

These pre-existing image sets and editable lesson plans provide teachers with resources they can use to build their own options.

Free.

See Them Here