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Getty Virtual Art Explorations
This free online program brings Getty Educators to your classroom via Zoom to share works of art in an interactive hour of discovery, movement, drawing, and more! Virtual Art Explorations is a 60-minute session with Getty Art Educators guiding students through close-looking exercises and conversation to connect with works of art in the Getty collection. This team of skilled gallery teachers will facilitate discussions based on students' curiosity, ideas, and individual life experiences.

Program Dates: Tuesday, September 7–Friday, February 25, 2022
Times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. PT
Available for groups of 8 students (minimum)–30 (maximum) in grades K–12.
All reservations require at least one adult from your school to be present online at all times.
Step 1: Request a date & time slot
Scheduling FAQs
Step 2: Prep students with the correct software
Prepping FAQs
Step 3: Confirm Zoom Link
Zoom FAQs
What the Program Offers
Before Your Visit
After Your Visit
Other Frequently Asked Questions

 

Step 1: Request a date & time slot
Request a date and time slot for an Art Explorations session, minimum of 8. If the number of students is larger than 30, please submit two requests for two different days. Submit your request here.

Scheduling FAQs

Q: May I make an Art Explorations reservation over the phone?
Due to the high volume of school requests and the number of details we must collect, please use the online request system. We prioritize sending confirmations according to the date of the visit requested. If you have any questions on the status of your request or you have not received a confirmation email within four weeks, please call (310) 440-7322 and speak with a school group associate.

Q: I have more/fewer students than I indicated in my request. How do I make a change?
To modify attendance on an existing request, please call (310) 440-7322 or send an email to schoolcoordinators@getty.edu with your session date and details at least 20 days in advance.

Step 2: Prep students with the correct software
Please ensure that the correct software (Zoom) has been installed for each student. Test mics and headsets before your session. We require one teacher for every session. Teachers must be present and help monitor class during the session.

Remind parents/caregivers and students that three factors for a successful session involve removing distractions, maintaining focus during sessions, and being courteous to other classmates and educators.

Prepping FAQs

Q: What responsibilities do teachers have?
We ask teachers to help maintain a sense of order for students participating in discussions via video or in the chat.

Step 3: Confirm Zoom Link
After confirming a date and time slot, Getty School Coordinators will send a confirmation packet to teachers two weeks prior to the session which includes the title of the Art Explorations session, the theme, and the Zoom information. For security purposes, please only share the Zoom link with your class.

Zoom FAQs

Q: Do we have to use Zoom? Could we use another software?
To maintain a consistency in operation, we ask for teachers and classes to join our Zoom session in order to avoid technical problems.

Q: I have students that may be uncomfortable talking on camera. Are there other ways to communicate with the educator during the session?
The chat function will be available for students. We want to ensure that each student has a positive experience.

What the Program Offers
Art Explorations is facilitated by a teaching team of two highly qualified, experienced Museum Educators using a discovery and inquiry-based approach to teaching. Our sessions are interactive, participatory and rely on multi-modal engagement techniques to connect with all students. The program addresses Common Core Standards and supports the Visual Arts Content Standards in the area of perception and aesthetic valuing for grades K–12.

Before Your Visit
Introduce your students to the museum:


After Your Visit
When you return to your classrooms, use our Educator's Guide post-visit activities to encourage students to reflect upon their experiences at the Getty Virtual Art Explorations.

Other Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I don't want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation?
If a teacher does not want to schedule a virtual guided lesson with one of our highly qualified and experienced Museum Educators, feel free to explore works of art in our permanent collection online. Just know our virtual guided sessions are interactive, participatory and rely on multi-modal engagement techniques to connect with all students of all ages and grade levels.

Q: Do I have to submit a request for a virtual lesson?
Yes, advance requests are required. Submit your request here

Q: Do you have programs for homeschools?
Homeschool groups of 8 students or more are welcome to request a visit. Homeschool groups must follow the same procedures and guidelines as all other school groups.

Q: How can I determine the appropriateness of the artwork at the Getty?
The Getty displays works of art produced throughout Western art history. Many of these may depict nudity, religious scenes, and other sensitive subject matter. You may wish to notify parents in advance. Getty Educators approach discussing all artworks in a professional, educational, and age appropriate way. If you are concerned, we recommend you review our collection on our website. Please call (310) 440-7322 to speak with a school group associate or email us at SchoolCoordinators@getty.edu.

Q: What happens if we arrive late?
Please arrive on time. Arriving late will result in a shortened virtual lesson since Getty Educators are scheduled at consecutively appointed times.