Take a Student Travel Group on an Art Tour of Washington D.C.

Washington D.C., the nation’s capital, is a city known for politics. Yet is also distinguished for the museums and galleries that house some of the greatest works of art in the world. In addition to popular destinations in Washington D.C., artistic venues that showcase the best in international art offer a rich experience for any student travel tour.

Combining the Art Tour With Other Educational Opportunities
As the owner of a student travel company, Educational Travel Consultants, I have developed a special art tour of Washington D.C. This student travel tour includes the major points of historical and governmental interest. In addition to art venues, student travel groups will have the option to visit the U.S. Capital, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Washington Cathedral, and take an Illuminated tour of memorials and monuments.

Following are a brief selection of art museums in Washington D.C. Student travel coordinators can select from this list, or a student travel tour can be customized to include other requested museums or educational destinations.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. are a part of the Smithsonian. The Freer Gallery has a collection that focuses on Asian and Mideastern art and also includes work from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East. The collections also include American and Egyptian art as well as Biblical manuscripts. Educators may request resources for teachers by email: fsgasieducation@si.edu.

National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is perhaps one of the best-known collections of American art in the country. A student travel tour focused on art should definitely include this famous Washington D.C. museum and for good reason. The National Gallery of art boasts of being entrusted with the oversight of some of “our nation’s greatest cultural treasures” and is a great educational travel experience. From 2007 early 2008, exhibitions of Edward Hopper and Jasper Johns work are on display. Educator resources may be found at http://www.nga.gov/education/index.shtm.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. is attached to one of the finest art schools in the city, Corcoran College of Art and Design. Conveniently located just across the street from the White House, Corcoran Gallery of art has American, European, contemporary art and photography and media arts in its collection. For educational resources for use in the classroom visit http://www.corcoran.org/education/class_material.htm.

National Museum of American Art
Housing a fine federal collection of American art, this museum is part of the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. The collection represents all regions, cultures and traditions in the United States and includes work by some well-known artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Robert Rauschenberg, and Winslow Homer. To browse the educational resources available through the National Museum of American Art visit http://americanart.si.edu/education/resources/index.cfm.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
For a female and feminist perspective on art history, a student travel group will want to visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It is the only “museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists.” The collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts includes over 3,000 works of art created by women artists from the 16th Century to contemporary times. For educator resources, including slides and videos, visit http://www.nmwa.org/resources/edu_index.asp.

Other galleries to be visited include the National Portrait Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Museum of African Art. Or, educators may customize student travel trips according to their needs. Visit Educational Travel Consultants for more information.

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