If you want to really
hurt you parents,
and you don't have
the nerve to be gay,
the least you can do
is go into the arts.
― Kurt Vonnegut
To ensure the health and safety of our community, University of California, Irvine continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19. In support of preventative care efforts on campus and beyond, we have temporarily closed the museum and canceled or rescheduled our public programs, including Docent Tours, School Visits and Guided Group Visits, until further notice.
School visits to IMCA contribute to the development of stronger critical-thinking skills, empathy and curiosity about art and culture. When students are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in discussing and creating art, they awaken their imaginations and nurture their creative and innovative potential. School visits offer opportunities for students to develop observation and interpretation skills using visual and sensory information, build knowledge independently and with one another, and cultivate an interest in artistic production.
IMCA offers FREE school visits for students in grades 3 – 12. Requests for school visits must be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance. Please complete and submit the School Visit Request form below and Education staff will contact you regarding your request.
School visits are scheduled Tuesdays – Fridays starting at 9 am. Due to limited capacity, IMCA limits the number of students each day but will work with the school coordinator to identify available days and times.
IMCA School Visit
Available: January – December
Grades: 3 – 12
An IMCA School Visit is a two-hour museum experience for students in grades 3 – 12. The program is open to all public, private, charter, and homeschooled students. The school visit is facilitated by UCI student educators and IMCA teaching artists. The visit includes an inquiry- and dialogue-based gallery experience and a studio activity. UCI student educators facilitate the gallery experience and IMCA’s teaching artists lead the art-making activity in the Education Studio – an experimental space and creative hub where students are encouraged to explore ideas and respond to new materials and processes.
Available: September – June
Grades: 4 and 5
The Plein Air Project is a four-session program offered in partnership with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), a non-profit organization of professional artists in Laguna Beach. The aim of the program is to expand students’ exposure to the California landscape and create connections to plein air painting (the act of painting outdoors) through IMCA’s collection, studio activities and offsite experiences.