Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler In-School Artist Residencies bring artists directly into classrooms. These residencies place trained, knowledgeable, practicing teaching artists into schools to share the benefits of the creative process. Needs addressed by each artist residency are: 1) engaging students as active participants in learning; 2) enhancing arts and classroom curricula and developing arts literacy; 3) increasing the scope and quality of arts education; and 4) connecting schools with community art resources and organizations through partnerships.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art provides a look at rarely seen works of 20th-century modern art, most of which has previously been held in the private Bechtler family collection. The collection offers a unique opportunity to engage school students in active learning using artworks of international renown and merit as educational tools.

Proof of insurance available upon request. ASC does NOT hold current documentation.



  420 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202



Touch, Smell and Hear Art Pre-K Tour

Program description

Students will experience the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art through touch, scent and sound. The multisensory experience includes a tour of the galleries led by trained museum staff focused on the current featured exhibition. Up to 30 students may participate in this hour long program at the museum. As a supplement to your experience, you will receive a study guide that provides information on the Bechtler to be gone over before your tour, as well as pre and post ‘Visual Thinking Strategies’ written assessment for students. $10 per student – up to 30 students

Booking / scheduling contact

Mykell Gates


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American, European, Latino
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please contact to inquire about available dates.

Available times:


Length of program: 1 museum tour, 45 to 60 minutes

On-site at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Fees / Ticketing:

$10 per student


NC Standard Course of Study:

R2 – Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. Using Visual Thinking Strategies, students are asked to answer three open-ended questions. The questions, “What’s going on in this picture?”, “What do you see that makes you say that?”, and, “What more can we find?” lead them to look carefully at works of art, talk about what they observe, back up their ideas with evidence, and discuss multiple possible interpretations of the work. W1 – Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Students will complete a post evaluation following their visit to the museum. Students will write responses to questions and provide supporting points of view with supporting evidence. SL1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. The Visual Thinking Strategies approach to learning encourages group discussion with its focus around three open-ended questions.

NC Essential Standards:

K-8.V.1 – Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively. Students will increase their ability to communicate about the visual arts during interactive tours of the museum. K-8.V.2 – Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression. Students will create a piece of personal art in response to artwork that was discussed during their docent led tour of the galleries. K-8.V.3 – Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately. Students will work with several types of media during the sixty minute processes. Specifically, they will create works of art inspired by the Bechtler’s featured exhibition.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation for program must be sent to and received no later than 10 days prior to the start date of the program. If the program is cancelled after the 10 day deadline, then a $100 cancellation fee will be required. No phone calls, please.