Education Programs At The Appleton


Enjoy a wide choice of scheduled programs including films series, lectures and workshops. For a complete listing, visit this web site's Calendar of Events page or call the Appleton Museum at 352-291-4455. Plus, come and enjoy "Drawing in the Gallery" adult art sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. the first Thursday every month (free for members, included in admission for yet-to-be members).


New Docent classes will run October 2 through November 13 and January 8 through March 12. Class is once a week on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. For information contact Mary Moore at 352-291-4455 x1613 or

The word docent is derived from the Latin word docere, meaning ‘to teach’. Docents lead groups of patrons on tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. You do not need an art background to be a docent. Class content consists of learning about the Appleton’s collection, relevant art history, and touring techniques and tips. Upon conclusion of training Docents attend monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. During the meeting tours are assigned, information is disseminated, and up-to-date education offerings are presented . A volunteer application is required to attend the classes.


    On the First Saturday of every month, children enjoy creative hands-on art programs with instruction from 1 to 3 p.m. Free for members and included in admission for nonmembers.

Scavenger Hunt at the Appleton Museum

Throughout the year, pick up a Scavenger Hunt kit at the reception desk and search through the galleries for answers to questions about the museum’s art collections. Bring your completed kit back to the reception desk and receive a prize! This program is open to all ages.

School Groups: Educational Tours

Educational tours of the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are available for students and youth groups. Art activities are available as a portion of any group visit reserved 30 days in advance of tour date. Due to the popularity of our school tour art activity program, it is recommended that you have three possible dates in consideration when calling to book your reservation so we can accommodate your group. Special subject tours are also available upon request. Group tours can be scheduled by contacting Lara Sundberg in Visitors Services at 352-291-4455, ext. 1836, or at

School Tour Art Activities:

  • Mona Lisa will be the inspiration of a workshop in basic painting and color theory. (K-5)
  • Art appreciation and printmaking art activity( K-12)
  • Art Appreciation and drawing in the gallery (limit 15 students, grades 6-12)
  • Art Cart: Interactive program on the art and culture of the Pre-Columbian region (grades 3-6)
  • Art Cart: Interactive program on the art and culture of the Africa (grades 3-6)


Educational films on the visual arts are shown Sundays at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Please call 352-291-4455 for more information on this week’s film. To view the upcoming film schedule, click here.


How to make the most out of your museum visit for teachers, parents and home schoolers, Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12.