Educational Experiences for K-12 Students

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School visits @ the MATT engage students in meaningful conversations about art and history that bring to life your classroom lessons using the museum’s collections.  

School Tours

School Tours are available as either in-person or virtual! 

Each visit includes a one-hour live presentation. Visits are $10.00 per student. 

PreK – Grade 2 | Please contact Abigail Sites abigail@mattmuseum.org for offerings. 

Grade 3 | Then and Now (60 minutes) – Students visit the history exhibit to learn how and why the city of Waterbury has grown and changed over time.  

Grade 4 |  Learning to Look (60 minutes) – Using Visual Thinking Strategies students will discover the Museum’s Early American art collection, Modern and Contemporary art collection.  

Grade 5 | Peoples of Waterbury (60 minutes) – Students will explore Waterbury’s transformation from an agricultural center in the 1600s to an industrial leader during the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Grade 6 – 12 | Please contact Abigail Sites abigail@mattmuseum.org for offerings. 

Add-on Art Programs for Schools 

Add an art activity related to your school tour for just $5 per student. 

PreK – Grade 2 | Please contact Abigail Sites abigail@mattmuseum.org for offerings. 

Grade 3 | Iroquois Beaded Pouch (30 minutes) – Students will problem-solve to create a container from kraft paper or paper bags, and decorate it with motifs, images, colors, designs, symbols, etc. that express something about themselves and/or celebrate their own heritage, family, community, or environment – telling their own stories. 

Grade 4 | Learning to Look (60 minutes) – Using Visual Thinking Strategies students will discover the Museum’s Early American art collection, Modern and Contemporary art collection.  

Grade 5 | Peoples of Waterbury (60 minutes) – Students will explore Waterbury’s transformation from an agricultural center in the 1600s to an industrial leader during the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Grade 6 – 12 | Please contact Abigail Sites abigail@mattmuseum.org for offerings. 

To schedule a tour or program, contact Abigail Sites, Education Programs Manager, abigail@mattmuseum.org or (203) 753-0381 ext. 118. 

For questions or to inquire about further school collaborations please contact Jason Foberg, Director of Education at jason@mattmuseum.org (203) 753-0381 ext. 114. 

After-School Programs for Schools/Organizations

Grade K-12 | 60 minutes

Escape the Mattatuck Museum!

Teams come together to Escape the Mattatuck Museum. Participants jump from painting to painting while collecting clues and solving riddles.

Virtual: $125 

Grade K-2 | 60 minutes

Art and Literacy: Narrative Quilts

Artist Faith Ringgold is a renowned artist and writer of children’s books. Students will read Tar Beach, which features print versions of narrative quilts, then create their own!

Virtual: $100 In-Person: $150 

Mattatuck Mini Masters

Explore the art of some of the world’s and the local community’s favorite artists. Then create your very own variation of their work! This program is available for a multi-week experience!

Virtual: $150 In- Person: $150 

Grade 3-8 60 minutes

Building Artistic Literacy

This program focuses on how students actively experience and derive meaning from their encounters with different art forms and garner curiosity in future experiences with the arts.

Virtual: $95 

Kay Sage

Who was Kay Sage? How did her work end up at the Mattatuck Museum? Explore the extraordinary life, work, and legacy of Sage, a 20th-century surrealist painter.

Virtual: $95 In-Person: $150 

Fortune’s Story

Learn about the history of slavery in Waterbury, the life of Fortune, an enslaved man living in 18th century Waterbury, his death, and legacy.

Virtual: $95 In- Person: $150 

Grade 6-12 | 60 minutes

Mindfulness Through Art

This program is designed to teach youth the foundations of mindfulness, an invaluable skill for navigating life’s stresses.

Virtual: $95 

Genealogy

Students will gain a better understanding of sources at the Museum and how to utilize them for genealogical research.

Virtual: $95 In-Person: $150 

Most After School Programs listed have a minimum of 12 participants and a maximum of 60. Please confirm when booking. 

To schedule an After School Program please contact Jason Foberg, Director of Education at jason@mattmuseum.org (203) 753-0381 ext. 114. 

In Person Visitation Guidelines

Tours are available upon request for groups of six or more (maximum 75) and with at least two weeks notice. Classes will be divided up into smaller groups of 15-20 students. All tours are led by a trained volunteer Museum Educator. 

Guided Tour: $10.00 

Guided Tour + Art Program: $15.00 

One adult chaperone required for every ten children. Required chaperones are admitted at no charge.

Facilities, Bus Parking and Accessibility The Museum is unable to provide food and snacks. However, schools may reserve the Studio, Classroom or Terrace (based on availability) when the tour reservation is made. 

Parking is available in the Museum’s lot on Park Place. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. 

  • No food, drink, pens, or cell phone use while in the galleries. The of use graphite pencils and photography without flash is permitted. 
  • Please refrain from touching artworks and artifacts, as well as the walls and cases displaying them. Some walls and displays are movable and can be easily manipulated, if not careful. 
  • No backpacks (of any size) or large bags are allowed into the galleries. The museum provides a large bin for bags and backpacks as needed. 
  • Other museum rules include: walk at all times & stay with the group, use an inside voice, raise your hand and be respectful of others when they are talking.