The Lowe Art Museum Docent Guild supports the mission of the education department by providing a corps of trained volunteer guides (docents) to lead group tours for museum visitors. Docents present tours using inquiry-based strategies. An inquiry-based approach uses questions to help people learn. Inquiry-based learning and teaching allows learners to participate in the education experience, opportunity for rich exploration, as well as, multiple perspectives and ideas. The Lowe Art Museum often uses Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a method of inquiry, for K-12 and college tours due to its student-centered approach, its emphasis on constructivist theory, skill building and aesthetic development.
With over 16,000 objects in our permanent collection, the Lowe’s exhibitions represent 5,000 years of art history throughout the world. Our collections enhance and support a multidisciplinary curriculum. In addition the Lowe Art Museum installs several temporary and traveling exhibitions each year.
To book a tour, visit Group Tours.
Additional programs organized by the Lowe Art Museum Education Department may be of interest, including Lectures presented by internationally acclaimed artists and scholars.
Museums Magnet Program
The Lowe Art Museum has been a partner with two Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Southside Elementary and Shenandoah Middle School, since the launch of the Museums Magnet Program in 2005. The program was partially funded through a three-year, multi-million dollar project awarded by the U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program.
The museum provides a culturally diverse learning environment spanning 5,000 years of world history. Lowe Art Museum educators work side by side with classroom teachers, interfacing the standards-driven curriculum with the museum’s objects and artifacts. The program strives to use instructional methodologies; the Visual Thinking Strategies, Inquiry and Object-Based learning, to develop critical and rigorous thinking skills.
Both Southside Elementary and Shenandoah Middle School’s humanities-based curriculums, infused with museum resources and expeditions, provides hands-on, minds-on authentic learning experiences that take students beyond the walls of the classroom.