EDUCATORS

Join OCMA's Gallery Educators for Exhibition Tours 

With each new exhibition OCMA provides gallery tours for students and educators. OCMA’s gallery educators create opportunities for stimulating and participatory gallery experiences that explore the art and ideas of our time.  

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISITS

Tours + Studio Process is offered to school groups of 30-60 public school students in grades 2-8.  A Tour + Studio Process can be scheduled Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm on select dates.  Partner schools receive priority registration for available dates. In order to receive complimentary admission, visits must be booked through the Education department at least two weeks in advance. To request a tour + studio process, please fill out a tour request form.

Middle School Tours

Tours + Studio Process is offered to school groups of 30-60 public school students in grades 2-8.  A Tour + Studio Process can be scheduled Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm on select dates.  Partner schools receive priority registration for available dates. In order to receive complimentary admission, visits must be booked through the Education department at least two weeks in advance. To request a tour + studio process, please fill out a tour request form.

Middle School Tours

HIGH SCHOOL VISITS

Tours can be scheduled for high school groups of up to 30 students per hour.  Guided gallery tours for high schools students are scheduled Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm, depending on availability.  In order to receive complimentary admission, visits must be booked through the Education department at least two weeks in advance. To request a tour, please fill out a tour request form.

Self-Guided Visits can be scheduled for high school groups of up to 30 students per hour.  Self-guided visits are scheduled Wednesday-Friday from 12:00pm-4:00pm, depending on availability.  In order to receive complimentary admission, visits must be booked through the Education department at least two weeks in advance. To request a tour, please fill out a tour request form.

Highschool Visits

COLLEGE VISITS

TOURS are conducted in small groups of 15 or fewer students that allow each student to participate. Each group will be led by a gallery educator who will engage students in focused observation and discussion of select objects in our galleries. Students will be prompted to look closely and share their observations to make meaning from the artworks. Tours can be scheduled for 15-30 students Wednesday through Friday beginning at 12:00pm and Saturday through Sunday beginning at 11:00am. In order to receive complimentary admission, visits must be booked through the Education department at least two weeks in advance. To request a tour, please fill out a college visit request form

SELF-GUIDED VISITS encourage students to circulate the galleries in small groups of 5-7. Students are prompted to take part in our guide-by-cell program to gain exhibition insights from artists and curators. Self-guided visits can be scheduled for up to 40 students Wednesday-Friday from 12:00pm-5:00pm, Thursday from 12:00pm-8:00pm, and weekends from 11:00 am-5:00pm. In order to receive complimentary admission, visits must be booked through the Education department at least two weeks in advance. To request a self-guided visit, please fill out a college visit request form

CREATE-YOUR-OWN tours are catered to your class subject to enhance your course curriculum. Tours are conducted in small touring groups of 15 or fewer students that allow each student to participate. Each group will be led by a gallery educator who will engage students in focused observation and discussion of select objects in our galleries in conjunction with your class subject and interest. Tours can be scheduled for 15-30 students Wednesday through Friday beginning at 12:00pm and Saturday through Sunday beginning at 11:00am. To request a tour, please fill out a college visit request form

ART EDUCATION IN ACTION visits consist of students shadowing OCMA's school tours and hands-on studio processes as well as engaging in an informal discussion with members of the staff. Interested in learning about informal education up close? Get a behind the scenes look at the process and execution  of OCMA's education department. Visits can be scheduled for up to 20 students Tuesday through Friday and last from 10:00am - 12:30pm. To request a visit, please fill out a college visit request form.

BECOME A PARTNER

OCMA builds sustained partnerships with local districts and schools that bring their students annually. Partners receive priority in scheduling school tours and are eligible for partial bus reimbursements. To find out more information about becoming a partner please contact the School and Tour Programs Manager at jstenson@ocma.net.

PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT

Students have the best museum experience when they know what to expect and what is expected of them.

Fee bus

Programs for public school groups are always FREE when booked at least two weeks in advance and confirmed through the Education department.  Private schools should contact the School and Tour Program Assistant at tours@ocma.net.  

Transportation Assistance

For Title I and partner schools, the museum provides a $100 transportation reimbursement, as available.  Availability is dependent on grant funding and is not guaranteed.

Pre-Visit Lesson

Prior to your visit you will receive an email containing an interdisciplinary pre-visit PowerPoint lesson to help prepare your students for what they will experience during their museum visit. Please adapt the
lesson to your classroom needs and complete with your students prior to their visit. 

Museum Preview

Present your confirmation letter to admissions staff to receive FREE admission prior to your scheduled museum visit. This is your opportunity to review the current exhibition for any works you would like our gallery educators to highlight or exclude from your students’ tour. 

Chaperones

Please arrange for chaperones for your student groups. One adult is required for every 10 students under 18 years old. The chaperone is required to stay with the group during the entire tour and is responsible for disciplining students within their group.  Please distribute the chaperone guidelines to all  chaperones visiting the museum.

Name Tags

Please provide each student and chaperone with a name tag. Our tours are interactive and dependent on students’ responses. Tours run best  when gallery educators can call on students by name during their tour.

Arrival

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour. Your bus will be greeted upon arrival and students will be directed to the gallery tour or the post-tour hands-on art project. If you are running late, please notify the Education department at (949) 759-1122 x 204.

Studio Process

The studio allows students to engage in the artistic process.  Students are inspired to think creatively, gain comfort with trial and error, and think beyond predictable answers to creative problems, resulting in 
original solutions. Students are encouraged to experiment and often get messy.  

Gallery Tours

Each touring group will be led by a trained gallery educator who will follow their own path through the galleries. Gallery educators will engage students in focused observation and dialogue about 4-6 objects in our galleries.   

Lunch Facilities

There is no space at the museum for group lunches. Schools can have lunch at Irvine Terrace Park or Corona del Mar Main Beach.

 

EDUCATOR RESOURCES

EVENING FOR EDUCATORS  is an opportunity for local educators to explore OCMA’s latest exhibition, engage in gallery dialogues, and take part in the creative process through hands-on art projects designed to take back to the classroom.

PRE-VISIT ACTIVITIES  are available for elementary and high school audiences to help prepare your students for the exhibition they will see on their museum visit.

Our classroom curriculum materials connect our collection and exhibitions to core subject areas and allow teachers to incorporate the visual arts into their lesson planning. All of our curriculum materials support interdisciplinary learning and state learning standards.