Online Virtual Exploration

Provider: The Ringling

Contact: Katie Nickel
(941) 359-5700 ext.3705

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info: FREE virtual program!

Max. Capacity: 300

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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On-Demand Video Tours at The Ringling bring art straight to your classroom!

The Ringling has several on-demand video tours for teachers to use at their convenience. Providing the greatest flexibility, these on-demand tours are available year-round and come with a set of three customizable lesson plans. Each tour connects to standards and is fully interactive, providing time to students to pause and write, draw, or discuss ideas further. On-Demand Video Tours are 10-20 minutes in length, and cover 3-4 works of art. On-Demand Video Tours are hosted on YouTube, and can be sent via other streaming and download methods as needed.

Request any of the On-Demand Video Tours and accompanying lesson plans by filling out this form. Please allow 2-5 business days to process your request.

On-Demand Video Tour Themes:

Meet The Ringling – Grades K-5

Students will use their imaginations as they play inside a painting, practice comparative skills as they examine art from different times and places, and explore the personal in art.

Meet The Ringling – Grades 6-8

Explore 4 works of art that tie into ELA and World History curricula. Students will learn about the shift from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire, Roman religion and mythology, Hinduism and Indus River civilizations, and will daydream in 1930s Mexico City.

Meet The Ringling – Grades 9-12

Students will explore 3 very different works of art through observation, discussion, and debate. Discover art from diverse cultures and time periods and discuss what is the meaning of art itself.

Animal Adventure – Grades K-5

Students will hone their observation skills as they learn about the animal kingdom. Students will discuss animals kept as pets, wild animals, animals used for work and even mythological animals.

Artful Imagination: Color and Mood – Grades K-5

Discover how artists use color to convey a mood or feeling in a work of art. Students will explore 3 works of art at The Ringling and discuss how artists use a color palette to show an emotion or mood in art. Then, students can create their own color palette and create an emotion-inspired artwork all their own.

The Iliad: Myths and Legends – Grades 9-12

Artists and authors have been inspired by the ancient Greek poet Homer for millennia. Designed to complement The Iliad, this tour examines the Trojan War through artworks in the museum’s collections. Discover the ways artists continue to be inspired by the classic tale of love, betrayal, and conflict.

Portraits and Portrayals – Grades 9-12

The way we portray ourselves in media matters. Join Curator of the Circus Jennifer Lemmer-Posey as we discover the man behind the circus- P.T. Barnum, dazzling and daring circus ring performers, and the self-fashioned Kings of the Circus World, The Ringling Brothers.


Standards will vary from tour to tour, and are listed in full on the accompanying lesson plans.

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