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School Tours and Lesson Plans

Tours of the Permanent Collection

The Biggs offers free tours to schools, youth groups, after-school programs, and camps. Groups can select from a selection of existing tours or our staff can tailor one to your needs. A library of our tours and lesson plans can be viewed using the link below. These offerings can either be give onsite at the Biggs by a staff member or educators are welcome to use the lesson plans and corresponding downloadable slideshows in their classrooms.

Tours are designed using the most recent set of standards for the visual arts and incorporate multiple subject areas. Each tour is accompanied by a creative project designed to help students make cross-disciplinary connections and apply the knowledge they’ve gained through observation of the Biggs’ collection.

To book a school tour or for inquires about the lesson plans, please contact us. Please note: school tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Adopt an Artwork

This year, we’re reproducing works of art from our collection and putting them “up for adoption” by local schools. For the entirety of the 2020/2021 school year, schools will be able to have their framed work of art on display in the school and will use these works of art as tools for the development of curriculum throughout the year. In conjunction with the adoption, we’re inviting teachers from these schools to attend training sessions where they will learn to create lesson plans related to these objects and aligned to the new Delaware Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. All hours at the sessions and hours spent working on the lessons will be eligible for clock hours. These lessons will be attributed to the author(s) and integrated into the museum’s online library of resources available to the public and used in the museum’s school tour program.


To supplement these lessons, free of charge, the Biggs will offer participating schools either an on-site field trip to the museum or an “at school” field trip led by Biggs staff and volunteers. This program will be run with the support and assistance of the Delaware Department of Education.

See below for our 2020-2021 adoption options and participation contact.

Adopt an Artwork 20-21 (1)

Susan K. Black Foundation