School Tour/Activity Package
The School Tour/Activity Package allows a teacher to reinforce tour concepts with a related classroom activity or explore two separate topics in the same visit. The Tour/Activity unit combines a 45-minute guided tour with a 45-minute classroom experience.
Cost: $5 per student. Cost includes room rental, materials and instruction fees. Maximum seating capacity: 50 students.
Combine any tour with any classroom activity. Choose from the following:
My Inner Artist: Sculpture Try-It
Students discuss what distinguishes sculpture from other art forms, what an artist needs in order to create sculpture (idea, tools, materials, money) as well as several different creative methods (additive, subtractive, fabrication, assemblage). Students then work in small teams to create a group sculpture. Younger students use clay; older students use scrap metal pieces. Students title their works and display them in a mock exhibition.(Bring a camera to take souvenir photos of the artwork.)
What’s My Line: A Plant Parts Mystery Bag
Students learn the function of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits by comparing the plant parts to ordinary household objects such as a mop, a garden hose or a bottle of perfume. Students then categorize common foods by which part of a plant they represent. Finally, they create a fantasy plant by combining foods from all the categories into a single drawing. Imagine a plant with carrot roots, celery stems, cabbage leaves, broccoli flowers and tomato fruits—yummy!
Butterfly Basics: Life Cycle Art Project
Students learn about metamorphosis while creating a pasta-art souvenir portraying the four stages of the butterfly life cycle. In addition, fascinating factoids about each stage are shared. Concepts discussed include insect anatomy, camouflage and other amazing defensive strategies. The class may also view Meijer Gardens’ own butterfly collection.