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The Norton is proud to offer the following programs to the areaʼs educators:

Docent-Led Tour
Time of Activity: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Appropriate for tourists and tots, seniors and students, and even experts and ignorami, the Norton’s tour program offers a wide range of topics, themes, and possibilities to enhance your group’s visit. Guided tours may even be customized for your specific studies or needs.

Guided tours are available by appointment only for groups of 10 or more people. There is no charge for a guided tour. School groups are required to provide one chaperone for every 10 students.

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T.E.A.M Event
Time of Activity: 1.5 - 2 hours

T.E.A.M. stands for “Tour And Education Activity Merge” and combines a hands-on art lesson in our new classroom space with a docent-led tour from the Norton’s roster. In the past students have honed their weaving skills after learning about the Norton tapestries, and even made landscape collages inspired by the Hudson River School collection. The Norton also conducts writing prompt sessions in the art galleries.

TEAM Events are available by appointment only, limited to groups of 60 or less. There is no charge for a TEAM event. School groups are required to provide one chaperone for every 10 students.

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Self-Guided Visit
Time of Activity: At your discretion

Schools are encouraged to make use of the museum’s resources at any time. We offer several Self-Guided tour brochures, which are available in the lobby or can be mailed in advance. We also have several activity guides for students of all ages. The most popular of these is the Norton Scavenger Hunt, available both online and in the Fairy Tale Gallery.

All visits need to be scheduled in advance. One chaperone per ten students is still required, even for a visit. Admission to the gallery is free. Details of our permanent collection are available online here or by calling 318-865-4201 ext. #128.

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Student Programs and their descriptions

Durrie Five Miles to Salem

During the colonial period and the early days of the Republic, American artists painted either imitations of European subjects and styles, or in a somewhat primitive limner tradition. Then art met transcendentalism and the first truly American style was born with the painters of the Hudson River School. The wonders of the American landscape continued to enthrall native and immigrant artists through the Luminist, Barbizon, and American Impressionist styles. At the Norton we’ll explore the journey through American art history with the innovations and master works of American painters like Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Cole, George Inness, and Mary Cassatt.

Unknown Artist George Washington

How was America born? Where did her people come from? What challenges did they face? Using paintings, porcelain, and sculpture, students explore the timeline of American History from the first Native American inhabitants to the closing of the frontier in 1890. Works by Thomas Sully, Rembrandt Peale, Charles Russell, and Frederic Remington are included in this tour.

Inness Edge of the Hill

This tour is a fun, uncomplicated introduction to artistic vocabulary where students learn to appreciate artwork by putting in their “artist’s eyes.” A reading of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See, begins a great hunt for colors, and we’ll have fun with finding lines and forms in art work after reading Lines that Wiggle.

Wedgwood Mercury

Any visit to a museum is automatically a visit to Greco-Roman history. The word “museum” itself derives from a Greek phrase mean “Home of the muses”. The Greeks and the Romans, long after they were political powers, continued to educate, inspire, and inform Western culture; they provided the foundation for the civilization in which we continue to live, and their thoughts and deeds continue to awe and instruct us more than a thousand years after their world ceased to exist. The tour explores the classical influence of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire on works and artists in the gallery, and unravels in depth the history depicted in the tapestries.

Perils of Pigment Poster

This tour was born with a young man’s questions: “When was color invented?” The Norton explored the history of painter’s pigments, delving into how the old masters created their first paints. We uncovered some gruesome discoveries: 20,000 insects expired for a scintilla of scarlet; 12,000 mollusks gave their lives for a pinch of purple, and countless artists paid the price for color in infirmity, invalidism, and even death. The high cost of art hasn’t just been measured in dollars and cents. Combining science and history, we’ll identify which artists used what type of paints to create their masterpieces.

Russell Self Portrait

One was a professional artist and an amateur cowboy, while the other was a professional cowboy and an amateur artist. Exploring the painting and sculptures of the powerhouses of cowboy art - Frederic Remington and Charles Russell - students will learn how the mythology and legends of the Old West were created or captured.

To schedule a guided tour, call the Norton at (318) 865-4201 ext. 128 or email at least three weeks in advance of a planned visit. Scheduling is limited to availability.

Self-Guided Tour Information

For those who wish to see the Norton at their own pace, we offer Self Guided tours. These brochures may be picked up in the lobby or downloaded below.


American Art History

Traces the evolution of painting styles in America from Birch to Bierstadt and beyond
Decorative Arts

Decorative Arts

An appreciation of the decorative arts including our collections of Steuben glass, colonial silver, Cybis porcelain, and Wedgwood
HRS School

Hudson River School

A complete walk through the first significant American art movement from Cole and Durand to Bierstadt and Sonntag
American History

American History

A journey through early American History which includes our Civil War Gallery and the conquest of the West
European Experience

European Experience

A look at significant European works including our tapestries, paintings by Dutch masters, Les Animaliers sculpture, and works by Rodin
Painting Techniques

Painting Techniques

Answering the question, "How did they do that?", this tour explores several works of art and their techniques and terminology
American Sculpture

American Sculpture

Takes a look at great American sculptors, including Borglum, Farnham, Russell, Remington, Saint-Gaudens, and others
French Art History

French Art History

Explores Barye to Barbizons, Romantics to Rodin, complete with French art terminology
Perils of Pigment

Perils of Pigment

Uncovering the artistry and history of color and divulging the dangers of painting
Cowboy Artists

Cowboy Artists

Covering Russell and Remington, but also the works of other significant "cowboy" artists like Stanley, Shreyvogel, and A.D.M. Cooper
French Sculpture

French Sculpture

Explores French sculpture from neo-classical to the Romantic to the Modern using the works of Barye, Dalou, Rodin and others in the permanent collection


An in-depth look at two of America's premier western artists in galleries dedicated to their work

Self-Guided Activities

Sometimes students learn best while they play, which is why the Norton offers these activity brochures. The brochures and their answer keys may be picked up in the Fairy Tale Gallery or by downloading them at The scavenger hunt has proven to be our most popular and will be updated soon.

For Beginners:

Eye of the Artist Photo
Eye of the Artist
Artists must be good observers of the world to paint and sculpt. Develop your detective skills and see and observe as much as you can with “The Eye of the Artist.”
Look What Photo
Look What I Learned
An introduction to the Norton, it offers fun facts, a chance to compare paintings, as well as a tapestry to color and a favorite animal to draw to unleash the inner artist.

For Intermediates:

Scavenger Photo
Scavenger Hunt
Put on your hiking shoes and thinking caps, boys and girls; it’s time for a Scavenger Hunt at the Norton! Are you eagle-eyed enough to find all the elephants in the tapestry? Can you stretch your brain to figure out which painting is the oldest? Come and play (and take good notes!)
Wordy World Photo
Wordy World of Art
A picture is worth 1,000 words, and we’ve got a bunch of ‘em in here! Crossword puzzles, word searches, and anagrams abounding with artsy vocabulary will entertain you and have you impressing your friends with your newfound language skills in no time.

For Advanced:

Meet American Photo
Meet Some
American Artists
It’s time to meet a few of the artists on display in the Gallery. Learn about A.A. Weinman, sculptor, Albert Bierstadt, painter, and John James Audubon, painter and naturalist, through word games and puzzles.
Meet Euro Photo
Meet Some
European Artists
Explore the works and extraordinary names of our European artists! Discover who painted what and where an exotic name might be hidden in the word search. Don’t forget to submit your favorite quote for the “What is the Thinker Thinking?” game.

For All Ages:

Outdoor Scavenger Photo
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Working in teams, find a plant, animal, or sculpture in the Nortonʼs garden for each letter of the alphabet. The first team to finish their list (or with the most complete list) will win a small prize.

Seasonal Tours

Halloween Poster

Mystery lies at the heart of every horror experience: who’s that tap-tap-tapping on my window? Why is that shadowy figure lurk-lurk-lurking in the corner? What IS that how-how- howling at the moon?! Delve into the deep mysteries of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery on this terrible tour of terror!

Get revved up for Halloween with this story filled-tour inspired by our spookiest art. All new ghost stories await those brave enough to attend. Our professional storyteller is fully capable of protecting even the youngest of our visitors from the fearful denizens lurking in our midst, so feel free to bring the whole class. We’re just DYING to meet y’all....

This tour is free of charge and limited to groups of 30 people.


What makes gift-giving so precious has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with the quality we might call mindfulness – paying attention, knowing what was really important, giving something that reflects an understanding of those often intangible things that are most important to the recipient. Join us as we explore the gifts our artists have given to friends, family, and the world at large with this guided tour of our permanent collection.

Our professional storyteller will spin all new yarns about the days of yore, warming hearts and eliciting grins about the spirit of the season.

This tour is free of charge and limited to groups of 30 students.

Spring Garden Tour

Celebrate the season with the Spring Walking tour! We'll take the guided tour outside for a tip-toe through the tulips. Wear your walking shoes - we have 40 acres of manicured gardens, including our famous azalea beds, bronze statues, and watergardens to explore.
Do dark skies threaten on the day of the tour? Fear not! We'll enjoy an indoor Rainy- Day tour, exploring spring-themed artwork throughout the museum.

This tour is free of charge and limited to groups of 30 students.

If you have questions, please email or call 318-865-4201 ext. 128.

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