School Programs and Outreach

At the Taft Museum of Art, our art experiences promote critical thinking, creativity, and visual literacy skills.

What will your student do at the museum?

  • Look closely at art, connect concepts to visual evidence, and analyze results
  • Hands-on activities that extend engagement to active participation

We aim to foster the development of the four Cs of 21st century learning: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Schedule your FREE school program! Email or call (513) 684-4516.

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Busing assistance is available upon request for schools with demonstrated need.


Select a theme, request a tour of a special exhibition, or contact us to customize your museum experience. Schedule a visit!

Passport to Art | Grades 2–8
Get your passport ready! Take an imaginary trip around the world with artworks from all areas of the Museum’s collection. We provide the passport and you fill in your stories. (1 hour or 1½ hours, max 75 students)

House of Art | Grades 2–6
From home to museum, learn about the history of this house, the mystery of the Duncanson murals, and the people who lived here before it became a museum. Students will make a collage portrait of an imaginary person. (1½ hours, max 60 students)

Experience Painting | Grades 2–12
Journey through landscapes, meet people in portraits, and discover the stories depicted in paintings on canvas, wooden panels, ceramics, and enamel. Students will make their own paintings. (2 hours, max 60 students)

Experience Architecture: Understanding Space | Grades 5–12
Identify architectural elements and practice spatial skills while exploring the Taft Museum of Art’s historic house. Learn how to read a floor plan and an elevation, and translate two-dimensional drawings into a three-dimensional model. (1½ hours, 40 students)

Ohio “State of the Art” | Ideal for Grade 4
Meet the people who contributed to the development of the Ohio Valley through role-playing at a party hosted by Annie Taft. Tour the Museum and, through their portraits, meet the Tafts, who gave us this house and its artworks. Also get to know some Ohio artists by looking at their paintings. (1 ½ hours, max 40 students)

Enemies of Art: Light, Heat, and Humidity | Grades 7-12
This visit, along with pre-visit exercises and experiments, investigates the science of preservation and conservation of art. Students will learn about the effects of light and humidity on works of art and what curators do to preserve them. (1 ½ hours, max 50 students)

Program support provided by


The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Art and Adjectives | Grades 2-6
Look, see, say, and write! This gallery program encourages students to build vocabulary and hone their looking skills through gallery games and conversations. Description and expression come together in the art activity. (1 ½ hours, max 40 students)

Special Exhibition Tours | Grades 2-12
These tours provide students with engaging conversations and learning opportunities around special exhibitions.

Customized Tours | Grades 2-12
Want an experience not covered in these themes? Contact or (513) 684-4516 and we’ll work with you to develop a customized program.


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For our special exhibitions, we offer outreach programs designed to complement
the exhibition and dig more deeply into the themes. These experiences are tailored to your grade level and curricula needs. Each program will include a museum educator visit to your classroom and a free trip to the Museum.



vanessa german: running with freedom
On view through October 21, 2018

Vanessa German empowers people through visual art and performance. German’s mixed-media sculptures and reliefs bridge the past and the present: antiques mingle with provocative imagery, challenging stereotypes and confronting current issues facing African American communities.

Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott
October 6, 2018–January 20, 2019

In Paris in the 1920s, the young American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) encountered the elderly French photographer Eugène Atget (1857–1927). This contact profoundly affected the careers and legacies of both artists.

From Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings from The Phillips Collection
February 9–May 19, 2019

American Paintings celebrates a century of the modern creative vision in the United States, ranging from landscapes and portraits to the bold colors and dynamic forms of abstraction.

Far Flung
On view through 2020

World-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty has created one of his monumental-scale environmental sculptures on the front lawn of the Taft Museum of Art: six tons of willow tree saplings twisted and turned into whimsical, whirling shapes that visitors are encouraged to explore.


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Program Support Provided by:
Docents of the Taft Museum of Art
Charles H. Dater Foundation

Children’s Education Programs Generously Supported by:
Charles H. Dater Foundation


Joy and W.G. (Pete) Alpaugh Trust

School Tours Generously Supported by:

The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation


Art for Underserved School Audiences (AUSA)