April through November
Available: Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm or by request on Saturday's without scheduled events.
Participants: 10 minimum - 75 maximum
Fee: $5 per participant
Your group will be lead by a resident artist throughout the 100+ sculpture exhibit, where you will have the opportunity to interact with large scale artwork and visit the active outdoor studio space. An art making activity is included in Observe and Interpret tours to encourage tour participants to actively engage in looking at sculpture and to help spur focused conversations on the art making process.
• K-3rd Grade: Paper to the Max
This tour is recommended for younger students age groups. Students will focus on what separates sculpture from other visual art forms and be asked to use this knowledge to construct abstract paper sculptures.
• 4-5 Grade: Focus on Fabrication
Students will focus on using a slot & groove technique to construct sculptures from mat board, cardboard, and other materials. Using information gleaned from the tour on what sculpture is and some of the elements and principles used to create it, students will be challenged to create something in three-dimensions without using glue.
• 6-8 Grade: Art on the Move
Not all sculpture sits on the ground. During the sculpture making portion of this tour, students will use wire, string, and found objects to create a mobile that has literal and figurative balance. Students will also visit a few kinetic sculptures on their tour for inspiration.
• 9-12 Grade: Represented in Wire
Using wire designed for sculpture making, students will be asked to use gestural and contour lines, as well as, positive and negative space to create representational sculpture.
With grant funding provided by the St. Croix Valley Foundation, Franconia will increase the accessibility of its arts learning programs for under-served groups that work with rural youth in Pierce, Polk, Burnett, and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin.
Led by professional artists and experienced Franconia staff, the Guided Exhibition Tour Program for Wisconsin Youth will provide free group activity tours for kids in grades pre-K—12. Additionally, groups from identified areas are eligible for a transportation reimbursement up to $300. Participant groups will need to provide an invoice to Franconia detailing this expense to receive reimbursement. This programming fulfills a need for low-cost supplemental arts programming for youth in Wisconsin and helping kids to dream big and unleash their creativity. Please note during your tour registration if you qualify for this opportunity!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.