Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum of Art

There is so much to discover at The Ringling!  Students of all ages will connect with art, nature, and history as they explore The Ringling’s rich art collections, roam the lush grounds, visit the historic Ca’ d’Zan, and experience the fascinating, interactive history of the American circus.  Docent-led and teacher-guided tour options are available, and our museum staff is eager to work with educators to meet students’ learning needs. 

Teacher-guided visits are perfect for learners of all ages! Our docent-guided tours are carefully developed to reflect specific standards and curriculum tie-ins by grade level. Are you homeschooling? Join us for Homeschool Third Thursday! This program engages learners on multiple levels with hands-on activities, docent-guided looking, and family-friendly modules.

To extend learning beyond the school day, The Ringling also offers fun programs for kids and families. Check out the Ringling Order of Art Readers (R.O.A.R.) for weekly storytime activities, or visit during Family Saturdays to find hands-on connections with works of art and museum artifacts.




  5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243


941.359.5700 x.1-3710


Artful Imagination Virtual Tour

Program description

Activate student interest and let their imaginations run wild!Discover how color is used by artists to convey a mood or feeling in a work of art. Explore three works of art at The Ringling and learn how artists use a color palette to give their artwork a specific feeling. Then create a color palette of your own to use as a toolbox to create an artwork with a specific mood.

Teachers have two ways to include an Artful Imagination virtual tour in your curriculum.

  • Live virtual tour with museum educator
  • Recorded tour and lesson plans


Live Virtual Tour

Live virtual tours are conducted over Zoom or Microsoft Teams. These 30-60 minute virtual tours are led by an experienced museum educator who will meet with teachers ahead of the tour to plan a customized tour that perfectly fits with your visual arts curriculum. Leveraging technology to engage students, this interactive tour will have students actively learning about artist’s color palettes, analyzing art from different periods and cultures, and creating a color palette all their own. Live virtual tours can be customized to focus on any technique in the artist’s toolbox, from color palette to line to composition, this tour activates the creative artist in all students.

To request a live virtual tour, full out this form.


Recorded Video Tour and Lesson Plans

The video option gives teachers the greatest amount of flexibility. These tours are designed with palette creation and reflection/discussion prompts for students, and teachers can easily pause the video to allow students time to reflect and respond. This tour is easily understandable by all elementary students and activities can be adapted to suit individual classroom needs.

To request the recorded video tour and lesson plan, fill out this form.

Booking / scheduling contact

Kay Carrington

   941-359-5700 x3705


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Array, Array
Program type: Field Trip
Population served: Students with Disabilities, Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject: FIne Arts: Visual Art, Language Arts, Social Emotional Learning
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Virtual tours are available Monday-Friday.

Available times:

8:00am – 3:00pm

Length of program: 30 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

The Ringling uses Zoom for live virtual tours unless otherwise specified.


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

Fees / Ticketing:

Virtual tours are FREE!

CPALMS Standards

English Language Arts:
Grade K
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Visual Art:
Grade K
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5


Has conducted educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Programs connect to State Curriculum Standards: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Please allow 2 weeks notice for cancellation.