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ARTLINK TOURS

Linking Art to Education

Looking for a fun and enriching art experience for students? You can take a Field Trip to FAM!

The Fresno Art Museum's ArtLink sessions are the perfect field trip for you and your students to enjoy and experience the many fascinating and wonderful exhibitions that the Fresno Art Museum (FAM) has to offer! The ArtLink program offers exhibition-related hands-on art activities held in FAM’s Child Space Classroom as well as guided tours by a FAM ArtLink Art Instructor or Docent

Frequently Asked Questions 

What grades can participate in ArtLink?
ArtLink is available for grades Pre-K to 12. Tours and art projects are adjusted for age-appropriateness and special needs. 

How long does an ArtLink tour last?
The guided ArtLink tour is normally one hour, and the art workshop is one hour, for a total of two hours in the Museum. This may be adjusted to a total of an hour and one-half total time for pre-K to first grade, depending upon the attention span of the children. 

When are ArtLink tours scheduled?
Normal Museum hours are Thursday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. ArtLink tours must be scheduled in advance and can be scheduled any day, except during Museum exhibition changes or when the Museum is closed for special events or holidays. Most are scheduled during the week, Monday to Friday at 9:30 am but can be scheduled as late as 3 pm in the afternoon. Contact us for availability.

When should I book my ArtLink tour?It is highly recommended that you book your tour in August or September of each school year to get your preferred visit date, even for a spring visit. Our schedule fills up quickly and there are usually very few morning time slots available after January.

What happens when I bring my class to FAM for an ArtLink tour?
During your FAM visit, students will be led by one of our Museum art instructors or docents on a gallery tour of our current and/or permanent exhibitions followed by an art activity in our classroom. (Large groups may be split in half, and half will do the tour followed by the art activity, and the other half will have the art activity first, followed by a gallery tour.) Our art instructors actively engage students in a creative learning experience. Each hands-on art activity is designed to provide students with a fun educational experience, which allows self-expression through different art media. The activity gives each student participant an opportunity to produce a take-home piece of student artwork.

Note that high school students often do not participate in the art activity at the discretion of their teacher. Instead, they spend the entire time in the Museum galleries, first experiencing a tour of the exhibitions, and then exploring the Museum on their own and writing an essay, drawing from the artwork, or completing an assignment for their classroom teacher.

Does the ArtLink experience conform to State Standards and Common Core?Each ArtLink tour and activity is grade appropriate, addresses the California Visual Arts Standards, and supports Common Core. ArtLink allows the children to make connections with what they see and experience in the Museum galleries in creating their own work of art, making the whole museum experience more meaningful. Lessons incorporate many or all of the seven elements of art: line, shape, form, texture, value, space, and color and often incorporate some math, science, language arts, and social studies.

How do I schedule an ArtLink field trip?
Please schedule early in the school year. To schedule an ArtLink field trip, please contact Susan Yost Filgate by email or by calling 559-441-4221 x101 with the following information:

  • Name of teacher/organizer
  • Name of teacher that will be accompanying the students
  • School or organization name
  • Complete mailing address, phone number (school and teacher cell) and  e-mail address
  • Date you would like for your ArtLink field trip and two alternate dates
  • Time of your visit, if other than 9:30 am
  • Number of students and number of chaperones/teachers
  • Grade level/area of study
  • Any special needs for your students
  • Any special emphasis for tour, such as an interest in a particular exhibition or if you are an art club, history club, or have a focus on a particular subject matter

How much does it cost?
ArtLink fees work out to approximately $7 per student. This covers a tour of the galleries plus an art-making project which includes all materials. 

ArtLink tour fees for the 2018/19 school year are as follows:
1 to 15 students: $105 (minimum for any tour)
16 to 20 Students: $140
21 to 25 Students: $175
26 to 30 Students: $210
31 to 35 Students: $245
36 to 40 Students: $280
41 to 45 Students: $315
46 to 50 Students: $350
51 to 55 students: $385
56 to 60 students: $420

For every five students, one teacher or chaperone is free. For example: if you have 15 students or fewer, three teachers/chaperones are free; if you have 35 students, seven teachers/chaperones are free, etc. Additional chaperones are $10 each. Payment in exact change for additional chaperones is preferred before or on the day of your ArtLink tour. PLEASE note that babies, toddlers, and siblings of students should NOT accompany chaperones. The Museum highly recommends bringing at least one adult chaperone for every ten elementary to middle school students or one for every 15 high school students. Click here for a letter to be shared with all chaperones so they understand their role during the tour.

The Museum prefers a maximum limit of 60 students per visit, but we can accommodate larger groups by adjusting the type of tour. (Please call to discuss fees and other options.)

When booking, please indicate the number of students and teachers/ chaperones you intend to bring. Our art instructors and security are scheduled based on that number. You will be invoiced for that amount. Payment is preferred at least one week before your visit. No reimbursement will be made if the actual number of students falls below those scheduled. Adjustments can be made to add additional students/chaperones if notice is given more than 24 hours before the visit. Any additional fee can be paid at the time of your visit. 

I want to schedule multiple visits during the school year. How often does the ArtLink tour change?
The Fresno Art Museum now changes most of its exhibitions in January and July of each year. So your school group can experience two different exhibition cycles per school year. Please check our current and upcoming exhibitions to learn what will be open on your chosen visit date(s). Note that some exhibitions remain open the entire academic year.

How do I pay for our ArtLink tour?
Payment by check is preferred, but Visa and MasterCard credit cards may be used. Please be sure to provide the correct address for billing when you book your ArtLink tour. The Museum normally invoices the school six to eight weeks ahead of the tour if time permits. Payments should be made within 30 days. If a purchase order is required, please provide the purchase order number at the time of booking. Payments sent by mail at least one week in advance are preferred.

What if I need to cancel my ArtLink field trip or change the date?
If you need to change the date of your ArtLink field trip, please let us know as soon as possible to be sure an alternate date can be selected. If it is one week or more before your scheduled trip, there is no fee charged until a new date is confirmed.

Any cancellation made by a school representative within one week before the scheduled trip will have fees credited towards a future visit during the same school year, if an alternate date is available. A 25% rebooking or cancellation fee will be charged.

If a school representative calls to cancel with less than 24 hours notice, one-half of the total fee will be charged.

No-shows will be charged the full amount with no refunds.

Can we eat lunch at FAM?
Your group may choose to bring lunch or a snack to enjoy outside in FAM’s Sculpture Garden, weather permitting. (Tables and chairs and grassy areas are available.) We just request that children refrain from climbing on sculptures and respect the outdoor space. We also have neighboring Radio Park which has a large playing/running space with grassy areas and some picnic tables.

Who do I contact the Museum to book an ArtLink field trip?
Please contact Susan Yost Filgate, Education Director, at (559) 441 4221 x101 or email susan@fresnoartmuseum.org .

FUSD TEACHERS:  Did you know that for groups of up to 35 (students+adults) you can take advantage of public transportation to take a field trip to the Museum for a minimal cost? Click here to download the PDF form which provides contact information and explains the costs and procedures.

Target Corporation offers Field Trip grants. Go to https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants to learn more and apply.

BEFORE YOUR VISIT:
All teachers planning to visit a museum can share this great video on museum etiquette with students. It was produced by KQED in collaboration with BAVC's youth production project, The Factory, and the de Young Museum's teen ambassador program in San Francisco, CA. Click here to watch.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION FOR CHAPERONES: Tips to help the students get the most possible benefit from their trip.

For descriptions of current Museum exhibitions, click here.

For information, lesson plans, and more on our special third-grade program that is part of the Fresno County Any Given Child Initiative, please click here. While this is a program geared specifically for Fresno Unified School District and now Sanger Unified School District, other third grade teachers have the option to request this special tour and utilize the arts integrated unit and lesson plans. These tours can be booked for a visit by up to 90 students at one time.