Learning at the Hofstra University Museum
Education is at the core of the mission of the Hofstra University Museum and integral to the development and design of all programming.
Our programs stimulate learning about art and the creative process through the intimate experience of viewing original artworks, and investigating art history, social context and artistic practices. The Museum aspires to be a place of synergy where artists, curators, scholars, students and visitors engage together, and where the arts become a vital part of the fabric of the University and the surrounding community.
Hofstra University Faculty
Guided Tours For Hofstra University faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni groups are free of charge. Reservations are required. | more |
Tours of Exhibitions
Tours of exhibitions for Hofstra University faculty and students are free of charge. Reservations are required. Please complete the Hofstra University Faculty Request Form.
Viewing the Permanent Collection
Due to space constraints, the majority of the Museum's permanent collection is in storage. Arrangements can be made for a class to view specific pieces of the collection. Please complete the Hofstra University Faculty Request Form.
A CD, which includes lists of collection objects by category (paintings, prints, African art, etc.) and a few representative images, is available to Hofstra University faculty. To request a CD, please contact Nancy Richner via E-mail or at (516) 463-4041.
Click here to view a selection of Permanent Collection art works available on the Museum's website.
School Groups and Educator Resources
Guided Tours for High Schools, Middle Schools, and Elementary Schools are available for a fee of $5.00 per student. Fee waivers available under special circumstances. Reservations are required.
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|Guided tours facilitate inquiry-based discussion of the artwork, followed by hands-on activities that explore aspects of the exhibition. A museum educator or docent serves as facilitator, encouraging students in the class to talk about what they are looking at, thereby translating the visual image into words. It is well documented that visual literacy helps children and teens develop critical thinking skills. It also provides a means of self-expression and communication, encourages creative problem-solving, and strengthens confidence and self-esteem. Our programs address the New York State Learning Standards and serve to enhance the curriculum.
|Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Learning to Look
Session: 90 minutes
|Introduce students to the basic elements of art, the vocabulary of art, and the museum visit experience. This tour introduces the fundamental compositional elements of art: line, value, color, texture, form, shape and space. Discover the techniques and tricks artists use to achieve motion, perspective, illumination and texture. A hands-on component gives students the opportunity to experiment with the techniques introduced.
|Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Mirror on Life
Session: 90 minutes
|Discover connections between the past and present times through original works of art that reflect a changing society. Participate in stimulating discussions and hands-on art experiences in the galleries. Students will create personal expressions that draw upon current ideas and issues.
|High School (Grades 9-12)
Which Ism is it?
Session: 90 minutes
Identify and discuss examples of major "isms" and art movements in conjunction with our current exhibition. Sessions explore the points of view of specific artists as well the mediums and processes of making artwork. Students examine works of art in relation to the social and political context in which they were created.
This discussion-based approach to learning about art helps strengthen students' observation and analytical skills. A hands-on component further underscores lessons learned through discussions.
|Hofstra After School (Grades 9-12)
In this 10-week session, teens explore the behind-the-scenes workings of the museum world. Students discuss original works of art in the galleries, and create visual as well as written responses, to the works as they learn to critique and analyze the works on view. Visits with museum professionals such as curators, designers, and educators, introduce various related museum careers.
Click here for Exhibition Gallery Guides
Guided Tours for Adult Groups and Community Groups are available for a fee of $3.00 per person. Reservations are required.
Click here to learn about our JPMorgan Chase Art Travelers through Time: Literacy and History through the Arts program.
For more information or to schedule group tours please call:
Museum Education Director
Hofstra University Museum