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Virtual School Tours

While the Museum is not accepting in-person tours, we’re converting several of our most popular school tours into virtual learning resources for teachers and families that support grade-level curricula! Find video tours, supplemental art projects and expert resources for a complete lesson plan. 

These free, curriculum-aligned videos are designed for use in a variety of learning settings and will be broken into short segments to use as you would like. All we ask is that you provide some basic information about yourself and your classroom so we can continue to offer important virtual opportunities like this one. After completing a short form, a link to the materials will be sent to your e-mail address automatically!

The Great Circle with Miss Aleta

The Rockwell Museum, Elmira City School District and Bath Central School District have partnered for several years with teaching artist Aleta Wynn Yarrow to offer arts programs related to Grade 1 New York State curriculum.

Students explore the overall theme of “The Great Circle” which focuses on nature—the seasons, sun, moon, plants, animals and human relationships with natural cycles. Now, enjoy this program virtually! Students will love the engaging episodes featuring Miss Aleta and her woodland puppet friends. Each episode is accompanied by art project instructions for the home or in the classroom, plus games, slideshows and more. This program contains:

  • Video: 5 Episodes with Miss Aleta and her woodland puppet friends
  • Video Slideshows: 3 accompanying slideshows that further explore episode topics
  • Educator Guide: The lesson plan contains additional resources and tips for using each epsiode, guiding caregivers and teachers confidently through the program.
  • Printable Activities: Print worksheets and games like the Great Circle Guessing Game and Solar System Memory Game.
  • Guided Art Projects: Find detailed art lessons accompanying each episode, designed to be completable with simple materials from around the home or classroom. Projects include Music Shakers, Sock Puppets and Puppet Stage, Masks, Bird Feeders and Mail Art.

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Kindergarten: Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands and Great Plains

How Native Americans lived long ago is very different than today. In this tour, Kindergarteners will explore elements of culture of the Eastern and Great Plains Native Americans, using The Rockwell Collection as a jumping-off point. Learn about how different tribes hunted, using the animals in their habitat for food, clothing, blankets, jewelry, tools and many other items used in daily life. Today, many Native Americans continue to hunt and carry on these traditions. Students will learn to “read” the story of works of art, by looking carefully at Hunter’s Bounty by Tammy Garcia and The Buffalo Hunt by William Robinson Leigh to spark conversation and learning. In this tour you’ll find:

  • Video: Hunter’s Bounty: Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands
  • Video: The Buffalo Hunt: Native Americans of the Great Plains
  • Art Project Instructions: Make Your Own Tambourine
  • Online Game: Memory Game featuring items and animals that are important to Native American life

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Rockwell Reimagined

This tour is designed for Grades 9-12 in New York State up to college levels, but all educators and youth are invited to use these resources! This module explores contemporary works of art by artists Virgil Ortiz and Kara Walker, both featured in the Museum’s collection. Explore artwork in-depth with Rockwell educators connected to themes of the environment, appropriation and social justice, and examine how American artists express their ideas in a variety of media. In this tour you’ll find:

  • Video: Rockwell Reimagined: Themes of Environment with Artist Virgil Ortiz
  • Video: Rockwell Reimagined: Social Justice with Artist Kara Walker
  • Art Project Instructions: Appropriation Collage

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Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Arts & Culture

This tour is designed for Grade 4 in New York State, but all educators and youth are invited to use these resources! In this tour you’ll find:

  • Video: Nature’s Bounty – Museum Collections Made from Natural Materials
  • Video: Social Games – Lacrosse and Snow Snakes
  • Art Activity Instructions: Natural Materials Weaving Project
  • Online Games: Haudenosaunee Vocabulary Word Search, Haudenosaunee Memory Game
  • Additional expert resource links

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Dia de los Muertos

In this tour you’ll find:

  • Video: Dia de los Muertos and Artworks of Remembrance with Director of Education Mary Mix
  • Video: Paper Flowers and Honoring the Dead with Gloria Harris and Carly Nichols
  • Video: The Meaning and History of Sugar Skulls with Dinorah Peters and Family
  • Video: Step by Step, How to Build an Ofrenda with Bev Stevens
  • Video: Oaxacan Ofrendas with Leonel Rosario
  • Video: Jarabe Mixteco Dance with Folk Artists Leonel Rosario and Dolores Alvarado
  • Online Games: Ofrenda Word Seach, Spanish Vocabulary Matching Game
  • Art Activity Instructions: Mexican Paper Flowers
  • Art Activity Instructions: Sugar Skull Collage
  • Additional expert resource links

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More tours coming soon!

  • 2nd Grade Westward Expansion
  • 2nd Grade Architecture Tour


Contact Ann Recotta, Education and Volunteer Programs Coordinator

The Rockwell Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges, Art Deals Association of America Foundation, Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc., and the Hilliard Foundation.


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