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Art Programs

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School program reservations for 2018-19 are now closed.

Please note, program offerings are subject to change.

School Programs run from Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10–11:30 a.m.

We do not run programs on the first Thursdays of the month.

School groups are encouraged to extend their visit after their program and explore the grounds and collections.


 American Art

Students develop critical thinking and communication skills on this dialogue-based tour, which uses diverse artworks from 1690s to the 1980s. Theme-based tours encourage students to look, think and discuss their ideas and perceptions. Docents lead small groups of students through the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, where students explore a wide-range of pieces, from early American vernacular art in the “Becoming America” exhibition to 19th-century Hudson River School landscapes and 20th century pop art.


Grade Level: 4–12

Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered: Every Thursday and every Friday


 European Art 

Students explore the Huntington’s collection, focusing especially on 18th-century British and French art displayed in the home of Henry and Arabella Huntington. Docents lead small groups of students through one of the great Gilded Age residences of America and small groups take in-depth looks at paintings, sculptures and decorative arts.


Grade Levels: 4–12

Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered: Every Wednesday and 3rd and 5th Thursdays


 Discovering Art

Now for available for 3rd grade students.

Explore the Huntington Art Gallery as docents introduce young learners to concepts in art such as line, shape, color and texture through dialogue and tactile materials. Small groups visit a variety of artworks, from portraits to statues, housed in and around the original home of Henry and Arabella Huntington.


Grade Levels: K–3
Accommodates: 50 students maximum
Offered: 1st and 3rd Fridays


 Learning Through the Collections 

New this year!

Join us this fall as we launch “Learning through the Collections”, a new program where students explore what it means to collect, how the Huntington collection has grown, and what we can learn through our diverse collections – from the Library Exhibition Halls, to the Gardens, and into the Art Galleries. Led by docents, students will be invited to make connections across the collections. This program will focus on close looking at primary sources, inquiry, dialogue and other age appropriate engagement strategies.


Grade Levels: 3–12
Accommodates: 40 student maximum
Offered: Every Wednesday


About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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