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Introduce your students to art through an exciting and affordable field trip program for public, independent, and home school students of all grade levels. 

what's included?

pre- & post-visit materials

Teachers receive resources designed by licensed educators to introduce students to changing contemporary exhibitions as they relate to core SOLs.

guided gallery visit

Student explore exhibitions in a one-hour guided tour. MOCA's trained gallery teachers use inquiry-based strategies and emphasize critical thinking and close looking.

hands-on activity at MOCA

Based on the exhibition, students create a unique work of art to take home!  All materials included.  Sessions led by teaching artists.

everyone gets a family pass!

Each student receives a MOCA guest pass to return with up to five friends and family members for free!

sign us up!

All art materials, teaching resources, and family passes are included in the SAS fee.  Pricing is subject to the number of students - the larger the group, the lower the cost.  Pricing starts at $3.50 per student for groups of 40 or more. *Please note that Free Family Passes cannot be used to pay to Student Art Start Tours.

Guided tours arriving more than 30 minutes late without contacting MOCA will be canceled. The Education Department will assist you to reschedule the tour at a later date.

In order to allow adequate preparation and scheduling for gallery teachers and SAS educators, MOCA requests that reservations be made at least one month from the date of participation.

For inquiries or to book a tour contact Rebecca Davidson, Manager of School and Educator Programs, at Rebecca@VirginiaMOCA.org