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School Visits to the Getty are Easier to Schedule This Year

School Group Capacity Has Doubled and Self-Guided Visits Are Extended to Grades 1-5

August 31, 2000

Los Angeles--The J. Paul Getty Museum has doubled its capacity for school group visits during the 2000-01 academic year by increasing the number of self-guided visits available. Previously only open to grades 6-12, these self-guided visits are now offered for grades 1-5 as well. To schedule a self-guided visit, teachers can simply call the school line at 310-440-7322 anytime throughout the year. To request a guided visit, teachers should submit an application by September 15. All school visits are free of charge. For application information and forms, visit the Getty Web site at

"Art should be part of every young person's education and we're eager to help," said Diane Brigham, head of education at the J. Paul Getty Museum. "Over the years, we've seen how a well-planned visit to explore the 'real thing'--original works of art in an incredible architectural setting--can spark curiosity and increase children's understanding. So we are delighted to serve even more students and teachers from all over Los Angeles this coming school year."

Self-Guided Visits--Teachers of grades 1-12 are welcome to independently lead students through the galleries. Self-guided visits can be booked for groups of up to 120 students, grades 1-12, and are available Tuesday through Friday. To familiarize teachers with the layout of the Museum and help them plan a successful visit, the Getty requires visiting teachers (and chaperones when possible) to attend a Collaboration Workshop held at the Museum prior to the class visit. Two Collaboration Workshops are offered each month, one on a Thursday from 4-7 p.m., and one on a Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Please call 310-440-7322 to sign up for a Collaboration Workshop and schedule a self-guided visit.

Guided Lessons--Getty-guided lessons are taught by professional Museum educators and are available for grades 1-12. The lessons are not comprehensive tours of the collections. Instead, students spend their time studying a limited number of objects in depth. The lessons are highly participatory. Students work in small groups and engage in discussion, writing, role-playing, and, in some cases, art-making activities. Teachers receive a video and other pre-visit materials to help prepare the students. Lesson topics include "Artists as Storytellers" and "Nature in Art" for grades 1-5; "Learning to Look" for grades 1-12; and "Art and Literature" and "Mythology in European Art" for grades 6-12. Please submit an application by September 15 to be entered in the lottery for a guided lesson. Call the school line at 310-440-7322 to request an application or download it off the Web site at

Teacher Resource Center--The Teacher Resource Center (TRC)--staffed by knowledgeable librarians and open to all educators--is a great place to find art education materials and develop lessons that integrate art into your curriculum. Here teachers can see the four art curriculum sets approved by the Los Angeles Unified School District, other curriculum support materials, collection handbooks, and a selection of children's books on art, mythology, and history. The TRC offers poster sets with curriculum suggestions, videos about artists and teaching art, and the Getty's museum-based lesson plans and bulletin boards featuring activities and lessons linked to current exhibitions.

The Teacher Resource Center is open:
Wednesday, 3-6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 3-8 p.m.
Saturday, 10-5 p.m.
An appointment is recommended. Call 310-440-7557.

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About the Getty:

The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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