"The R.W. Norton Art Gallery has been invaluable in shaping the minds of our students.  The education staff at Norton’s is extremely knowledgeable and  provides hands-on learning that inspires curiosity, problem solving, and questioning using the priceless and phenomenal art in the gallery.  What a treasure the Education Staff at Norton Art Gallery is to our community!" -Mary Harris, Principal, South Highlands Elementary Magnet

R.W. Norton

Education Department

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery Education Department believes that museums are a natural destination for learners of all ages.  To that end, the Norton reconfigured itself into a teaching museum that uses the arts as textbooks for learning in an alternative classroom setting.  The Education Staff believes that learning is not confined to the four walls of the classroom, and is an ongoing process, not defined by age, setting, or ability.
The R.W. Norton Education Department strives to break the stereotypes of museums as stagnant settings.  Using art as a visual text that links generations by exploring the connection between yesterday, today, and the future. Our educational style focuses on best practices in critical thinking, communication, and collaboration between each student, teacher, and community members.  In order to best reach all learners, all educational programs are offered free of charge.

Self-Guided Visits

Schools and community organizations are encouraged to make use of the museum’s resources at any time.  A self-guided visit must be scheduled in advance to assure space is available and does not conflict with other groups.  One chaperone per every ten students is required for all groups, including self-guided visits.

Docent-led Tours

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery offers docent-led tours on a limited basis. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, and includes an overview of the R.W. Norton collection.  We recommend calling prior to arrival to confirm an opening. Availability is limited by staffing and the museum calendar, docent-led tours are first come first serve. Please call or email to schedule a tour.

Gallery Treks

The R.W. Norton Education Staff can provide a two-hour or four-hour Gallery Trek led by our educational staff. E ach Trek is divided into three rotations covering an English Language Arts/Social Studies activity, a Math/Science activity, and a hands-on project based activity.  Teachers and the museum’s education staff can work together to cover topics that integrate seamlessly into curriculum, or we can choose a Gallery Trek just right for your students.  You are welcome to stay and eat lunch on the grounds after your Gallery Trek.  Lunches must be provided by the individual schools.


Educational Programs

If you have questions, need ideas for teaching points while visiting, or to schedule your group for either a self guided or gallery treck, please contact our education department by calling 318-865-4201 ext. 124 or through email at




Summer Camps 2018

Tinker Wear

Come be a part of our Tinker Wear Camp as we provide a space to let our creative juices flow, creating wearable art from non-traditional materials.  From costumes to everyday wear, we want to see you tinker with your wardrobe.  During the camp, you will be provided the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures in everyday and unique objects.  Your constructed creations will be put on display during the last day of camp. 

Tinker Wear 2018 Application Form.pdf (62.2KB)


Camp of Games

Join us during our Camp of Games and ignite old school cool as we teach some new dogs old tricks.  From Mahjong to Monopoly, we will spend the day playing classic board and card games.  Your game masters will engage you in exercises for your brain as we participate in everything from solitary to group games.  We will explore games from multiple countries and time periods as we put down the electronic devices and engage in some old fashioned fun.   

Camp of Games 2018 Application Form.pdf (62.5KB)

Take a Self-Guided Tour

Click on the following images to obtain a brochure that you can use to view specific exhibits.