Guided Tour + Art Lab

Students explore the ICA’s architecture, special exhibitions, and/or permanent collection with a guided tour, then delve into their own hands-on investigations and problem solving with a related art-making activity in the Bank of America Art Lab. Organized around major themes in current exhibitions, our Tour + Art Lab programs are offered in two-hour blocks (approximately one hour gallery visit and one hour Art Lab). This combined program is offered during the below dates and times. Advance registration must be made three weeks prior to program start date:

Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday:
10 am – Noon
11 am – 1 pm or
Noon – 2 pm

For After-School Groups Only:
Thursday: 4  6 pm


OFF THE GRID: Sculpting with Fiber
October – January 4, 2015

Since the 1960’s artists have used materials such as wool, sisal, thread and rope to make sculpture. Bank of America Art Lab tour participants will work in pairs transforming grid-like structures into sculptural forms, while considering how relying on traditional rules and breaking traditional rules both inform artists’ decisions and practices. Gallery tours include focus on works in the Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present exhibition.


Tour the galleries to discover and discuss works of art on view as well as the building's architecture. Hands-on projects for students in grades K–5 involve designing structurally sound buildings and neighborhoods. For middle school and high-school students, art-making activities transform 2D materials into 3D forms, working with a variety of media.


The art of our time invites us to open our eyes and reflect on our world. Tour the ICA collection and special exhibitions with a focus on processes and decisions made by today's artists. Discover the artists' intentions and how their works connect to our lives. View works by artists Matthew Ritchie, Ambreen Butt, Roy McMakin, Jack Whitten and others, discussing their similarities and differences. In the Bank of America Art Lab, participants create 3D-collaged works of art (paper-based), using a wide range of materials to reflect questions and/or recurring themes in their own lives relying on narrative content.


Tour the exhibition Expanding the Field of Painting to see how contemporary artists are reinventing what a painting can be. Role of materials, traditional and otherwise, in addition to alternative methods of working will be discussed. In the Bank of America Art Lab, students will work using color, shape, texture, and scale to reinvent paintings of their own.


To book a
 Guided Tour and Art Lab visit, complete the GROUP VISIT REGISTRATION FORM for K–12 School and Youth Groups at least three weeks in advance to receive the discounted group rate. For more information, email

Note: Tours work with a varied selection of artworks from the ICA permanent collection and special exhibitions.Typical tours provide an opportunity for visitors to look at highlights of ICA architecture, visit multiple ICA galleries, and make comparisons.

*Free admission is available for teachers who would like to preview the exhibition. For information please email to arrange a pre-visit.


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