Plan a Class Trip
The Block Museum invites teachers from kindergarten to higher education to use our exhibitions and permanent collections as educational tools.
Gallery Tours and Activities
Bring your class to the Block Museum for gallery tours and exhibition-inspired lessons and activities. Museum educators will work with you to plan a program that fits your needs, no matter the class or grade level.
See Gallery Tours to schedule a visit. Tours are free; activities and workshops may require material fees.
Our permanent collection -- comprised mostly of prints, drawings and photographs -- boasts 5,000 pieces from a variety of artists, genres and eras. Classes can view these works in the Print, Drawing and Photography Study Center.
Our permanent collection is searchable online. Block Museum educators can work with you to select the right artworks for your students to view. Curators can discuss the works if advance arrangements are made.
The Study Center can comfortably accommodate up to 15 visitors. However, if your class is larger, there may be alternatives such as splitting into smaller groups. The Block does not restrict Study Center viewing to particular age groups. However, works may be framed prior to presentations to elementary school groups or other young visitors.
See Visit the Study Center to make an appointment.
Online Lesson Plans
Elementary, middle and high school teachers can download lesson plans for incorporating art into the classroom. All of the online lesson plans -- created by Block educators -- adhere to Illinois State Learning Standards in Fine Arts, English or Social Studies.
- Completing a Photograph (pdf)