Programs for Educators

Help your students stay art smart! See how The Westmoreland Museum of American Art spreads love and education of art through virtual school tours and experiences.

Subject Matter Tours (K-12)

Teachers can select from these current virtual experiences:

  • Exploring landscapes using the five senses
  • Construct a still life (docent will construct a still life set-up with help from students)
  • Expressing emotions through portraits (students are shown a portrait(s) and will be asked which emotion(s) the person in the portrait is feeling).

Pennsylvania and American History Tour

This tour is offered primarily to 4th Grade, but can be adapted to fit the curriculum needs of social studies classes in elementary, middle or high school. Topics covered in this tour weave Pennsylvania’s history within the broader context of American history as applicable and can cover topics such as early Native American history, Colonialism, African American history, the Industrial Revolution, and the Steel Industry in Pittsburgh.

Emotions and Expressions Tours (K-12)

This tour explores the way in which artists employ a variety of techniques and materials to deliver emotional resonance. Dialogical and visual thinking strategies are a major component of this engaging tour. Students are encouraged to discuss what they see in the artworks and why they think the artist chose those approaches.

Customized School Tours

The Museum offers docent-led, interactive, age-appropriate virtual tours that can be customized to a variety of focus areas.

All K-12 virtual tours are completely free and run 30 to 40 minutes in length. Please schedule your virtual tours at least 2 weeks in advance.

For information on virtual tour bookings, please contact Amanda Denham, Manager of Education Programs, at adenham@thewestmoreland.org.

Tours can also be scheduled as a series across several days for a more
in-depth experience.