One of my favorite field trips over the years has been to the studios, or
work places of parents who are in the art field. I send a letter home at the
beginning of the school year asking if parents are artists of any sort, and
if they would be willing to come to school and discuss their work, or allow a
field trip to their work space.
I also have a great activity for museums on the elementary level. I give each
child a slip of paper before entering the gallery. On the paper is a
characteristic, object or art word that they need to find during their visit
to the art museum that day. For example, "a painting with only primary
colors" or "an art object that people wear,"
and so forth. I make the docents aware that this activity is going on so that
they might help as they lead the tour. When we return, I give every child the
opportunity to describe what they found. I've found that it focuses the
children quite a bit if they are extra scattery out of the excitement. It
also seems to encourage the children to really look at things.