Each school year docents usher almost 3,000 Washington County school children through the Museum’s galleries. Typically, beginning in September 5th graders explore the slate of exhibits on display. These field trips expose children to the world of fine art though the docent led tours through the Museum exhibits are only half of the experience. The 5th graders also “Meet the Artist” for demonstrations and hands-on art activities.
After a winter break for the holidays, school tours resume in mid-January and 4th grade students are ready to visit. The Museum tour portion of their visit is similar to that of the 5th graders, but the other segment features a St. George history lesson from the Historic St. George LIVE volunteers. This entertaining presentation dovetails nicely with the Utah History that 4th graders are learning in their classrooms.
As curricula in this country focuses more and more on common core subjects of STEM, the St. George Art Museum adds “Art” to complement STEM and create STEAM for the students. Research has shown that exposure to art and creativity in early education as well as exposure to visual aesthetics are important building blocks of child development and Improve motor skills, language development, decision making, inventiveness and cultural awareness.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, during the 2020/2021 school year, Museum Education staff will working with local elementary to take the St. George Art Museum into the classroom and share the excitement of art.
The St. George Art Museum is always looking for more volunteer docents. If you are interested please fill out an application online or in person at the Museum.
The St. George Art Museum offers private tours available to the public, especially to those with special needs. These private tours allow individuals the opportunity to learn about the exhibit from an inviting and friendly docent. The St. George Art Museum is handicap accessible, and booking a private tour allows staff to meet specific needs that might be required. Admission to the museum is FREE, although donations are always welcomed.
In most cases, a large group will be divided into smaller groups, allowing a more personal experience. Private tours will be hosted by one or more docents, depending on the size of group. Each docent will personalize the tour, providing interesting information and accommodations as needed. Questions and discussions are encouraged.
Arrival: Please arrive on time. Delays may force cancellation or shortening of tours. Handicap parking and ramps are available on the west side of the museum at 212 N. Main.
Personal Assistance: If members of your group require personal assistance, please provide the appropriate number of adult caregivers. Museum staff are not responsible for providing that care. They also DO NOT move or lift wheelchairs.
Social Distancing: Social distancing, and the wearing of masks, is the responsibility of all participants.
Cell Phones: Please refrain from using cell phones during tours. If you need to take a call, please step away from the tour to refrain from distracting others. Please note that taking photographs of the art is prohibited.
Gift Shop: The Museum gift shop will be open for purchases at the end of each tour. Credit cards are appreciated.
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Fill out an application online here or in person at the Museum. Call (435) 627-4525 for more information.