School Programs

To schedule a program call 770-387-3849

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Explore the American West through the paintings, sculptures and objects in the Booth Western Art Museum’s collection. Spend time in the Civil War Gallery or the Carolyn & James Millar Presidential Gallery featuring portraits, notable facts and an original signed letter by each United States President.

Student tour programs are designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards and Common Core Standards in language arts, social studies and visual arts while engaging student’s critical and creative thinking skills. Discover the array of curriculum-based programs and field trip opportunities available to students throughout the year and take your students on a field trip they will always remember.

Student Cost:
$5.00 for students
$4.00 for Bartow, Cherokee and Forsyth county students
$6.00 for The Union Dissolved program*
$8.00 for parents / chaperones

My First Visit
This program is appropriate for Pre-K students and includes a visit to Sagebrush Ranch (75 minutes)
Children will delight in the wonders of the Booth Museum while discovering this exciting landmark in their community. This program is designed to target language, literacy, and creative development skills. Choose from 2 themes; Cowboys or Animals of the West for this fun-filled first visit to the art museum.

Cowboys, Indians and Art
This program is appropriate for Kindergarten and First Grade and includes a visit to Sagebrush Ranch (90 minutes)
Designed for young art lovers, this hands-on program introduces children to basic art concepts such as line, shape and color while enhancing their observation skills through developmentally appropriate activities designed around the Museum’s collection.

Presidents and Heroes 
This program is appropriate for Grades 3 – 12 (90 minutes)
This program provides students with a rare glimpse into the lives of the Presidents through the portraits and signed Presidential letters in the Booth’s collection. Through age appropriate gallery searches and hands-on activities, students discover a variety of notable facts about the Chief Executives from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Westward Ho!
This program is appropriate for grades 4-5 (2 hours)
Journey to the west without leaving the south in this unique program focused on Westward Expansion. From Lewis & Clark and mountain men, to the settlers and ranchers who followed them, discover the rugged individuals who explored and settled the American West. Determine the impact westward expansion had on the lives of the Plains Indians and meet a cast of Western characters including cowboys, railroad workers and Buffalo Soldiers through a variety of hands-on gallery activities.

The Union Dissolved – American Presidents and the Civil War
This program supports Georgia Performance Standards for Grades 5 and 8 (2 hours)
$6 for students*

From the Founding Fathers to Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House, explore the Presidents, underlying causes, and major battles of the tragedy that was the Civil War. Through guided activities in the Presidential and Civil War galleries, exploration of Civil War camp life and a hands-on art activity, students become eyewitnesses to the unfolding drama that threatened to tear the nation apart. This program takes place at the Booth Western Art Museum and is jointly taught by the Bartow History Museum. A complete Teacher’s Guide with integrated activities is available when this program is booked.

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What’s the Story? Connecting Art and Literacy
Gallery lessons and hands-on activities developed around the narrative works in the Booth Museum ’s collection provide a wonderful and accessible way for students with different learning styles to enhance their reading and writing abilities. Developed by five extremely creative classroom teachers and museum education staff, the program meets Georgia Performance Standards in language arts, social studies and visual arts. Each student receives a What’s the Story activity booklet to take home.

Kindergarten – Building a Story: Parts, Pieces, and Predictions (90 minutes)
In the Kindergarten program the focus is on sequencing and making predictions. Using hands-on objects and participating in role-playing activities, students learn how to “read a painting” and make predictions about what might happen next. 

First Grade – Action in Art (2 hours)
Students are encouraged to use descriptive language to describe the action they see in artwork. Comparing and contrasting works of art motivates students to increase their use of exciting action words and descriptions. 

Second Grade – Wild Ride (2 hours)
In the second grade program students participate in a variety of hands-on activities and discover the difference between Tall Tales, Fairy Tales and Legends.

Third Grade – Where the Buffalo Roam (2 hours)
In this unique program, third grade students participate in docent led discussions about works of art that feature buffalo. Students learn to determine fact from opinion, identify cause-effect relationships and draw conclusions by looking at these beautiful works of art.

Fourth and Fifth Grade – Story Elements, Heroes & Villains (2 hours)
This program is suitable for both fourth and fifth grade. Students learn to “READ” selected works of art in the Museum’s collection and identify characters, setting and plot through lively discussions led by highly trained docents.

Grades 6-12 – Writing through Art (2 hours)
Instruction and activities help students write Poetry and Prose. Students learn to be careful observers as they incorporate their thoughts and reactions to the artwork by completing writing exercises related to what they see. Click here for more information about the Writing Through Art Literary Contest.

Students in Grades 9-12 can win cash prizes by entering their work in the Booth’s annual Writing Through Art Literary Competition.

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Booth Blazers: Grades 2 – 12 (90 minutes)
See the entire Museum in one visit! Start in the early 1800’s and blaze your way through the museum; head up the Missouri River, across the Rockies and all the way to the Pacific. Along the way, see both traditional and contemporary artwork featuring Native Americans, cowboys, explorers, presidents, soldiers, and much more!

The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office: Grades 4-12 (2 hours)
Program available February 14, 2015 – June 7, 2015
What is it like to be the chief White House photographer for the President? Go behind the lens to experience the world of White House photographers – nine in all, since 1961 – who are both visual historians and key links between the American public and the President. This exhibit includes rarely seen images from the Kennedy years to the Obama Administration.

Special One Day Events

Passport to the West
Thursday, October 23, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
$5 for students, $3 for adults, teachers are free
This program is appropriate for Grades 2-12
Bring your students to Booth Museum for an unforgettable Western experience. History comes alive for students with demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmithing, chair caning, spinning, beading, chuck wagon cooking, flint knapping, and life at a trading post. Living history performers, Jim Sawgrass, and Little Big Mountain will present programs on Native American culture for students. For information on the Field Trip Guide, click here.

President’s Day at Booth Museum
Monday, February 16, 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
$5.00 for students, $3.00 for adults
This program is appropriate for Grades 2-12   
Each year, Booth Museum and Bartow History Museum partner together to present a program featuring one or more Presidents of the United States during the month of February.

Home School Gathering
Thursday, March 12, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$5.00 for students, $3.00 for adults
This program is appropriate for Grades 2-12 
Home school students are invited to enjoy an activity-packed afternoon. Participate in gallery programs and art projects and enjoy special entertainment in the Booth Theatre.

Civil War Comes Alive!
Friday, May 1, 2015
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
$5 for students, $3 for adults 
This program is appropriate for Grades 3-12
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Bartow History Museum and the Booth Museum are offering the chance to bring your students to an unforgettable Civil War experience. This one day special event is just for school groups and will bring history to life for students through interaction with soldiers from both sides of the War. Choose from four performance times to experience the life of a Civil War soldier, then visit a field hospital, see a cannon being fired and much more. Demonstrations of blacksmithing, rifle firing, and signaling along with a visit to the home front will also provide students with a unique perspective on the War. Students may also visit special exhibitions inside each museum.

Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your school group.

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Call Scheduling @ 770-387-3849
Booth Western Art Museum
501 Museum Drive
Cartersville, Georgia 30120

Teacher Comments

“It was fabulous! Cannot wait to bring students back next year!” The Lovett School, grade 5

“Your staff did a great job…had a wealth of knowledge and (the material) was very age appropriate.” Adairsville Elementary, grade 2

“The program provided visuals, as well as reinforced vocabulary that had been taught.” Due West Methodist Preschool

“The kids had so much fun on the field trip. Many said that it was the best day ever!” Liberty Elementary, grade K

“The fourth grade team was very impressed and excited about the experience. We would love to make it a part of our yearly routine.” Still Elementary, grade 4