ART DEPARTMENT FIELD TRIPS:
GENERAL RUles and expectations
- DO NOT LEAVE THE MUSEUM/GALLERY GROUNDS TO EXPLORE WASHINGTON. This will be dealt with in the harshest possible terms including both school discipline and teacher/organization discipline. Our school board-approved trips include ONLY visiting the specific places on our itinerary. No other places may be visited.
- Please know that all school rules are in effect for trips. If you aren't allowed to bring it to or do it at school, don't bring it or do it on the trip.
- A school nurse is required for many school-sponsored trips. If you have medications that are prescribed to you that you must take on the trip, please let the nurse know.
- You may bring backpacks, but do not bring them into museums or galleries. Understand that you bear responsibility for anything that you bring that is lost or stolen. Your belongings will be left on a bus which MAY be parked somewhere and left unattended. It it's expensive, consider leaving it at home.
- You are NOT allowed to carry any back pack type bag in most museums and galleries- the National Park Service galleries and museums specifically prohibit these sorts of bags.
- You are NOT allowed to bring liquids, food, etc. into museums- this often includes sealed water bottles and packaged food. Again, if it is a National Park Service facility, these are specifically prohibited.
- Expect that ALL bags WILL be searched by museum guards.
- Know that ALL bags and backpacks MAY be opened and inspected by ANY trip chaperone- again, if it isn't allowed in school, don't bring it.
- Be sure that you are on time to meet all checkpoints: Checking in with the chaperone at designated places and times assures safe, smooth field trips.
Being in an art gallery/museum is a unique experience. Rarely are you in a room with the potential to come into physical contact with something worth up to tens of millions of dollars. When in an art museum or gallery, one should obey the following guidelines.
- You may sketch or take notes in MOST museums, but do not approach the art with your pencils (ink is frowned upon in the museums, so don't bring a pen or marker). Especially, DO NOT use your pencil as a pointer when talking about the art with others. Museum guards get very twitchy about this.
- OF COURSE, do not touch the art. Keep respectful distance at all times.
- Obey the guards. If a situation arises in which you don't like the way a guard or docent treats you or someone else, please see me and we will look into filing a formal complaint with the management. DO NOT argue with or disobey a guard or other museum/gallery employee.
- Do not speak loudly- that is very poor museum/gallery etiquette.
- Do not take phone calls or text in the galleries- also considered poor etiquette. Move into the hallway areas or outside to do that.
- IN MANY (BUT NOT ALL MUSEUMS), non-flash photography IS allowed in most areas, but not in special exhibitions. If you are unsure, ask a guard/docent.
- FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS NEVER APPROPRIATE- IT DAMAGES THE ART.
- PHOTOGRAPHY (of any kind) IS PROHIBITED in nearly all commercial art galleries (places where art is sold).
HERE IS A LINK TO THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART APP AND ALSO FREE WI-FI!