Artspace offers Field Trips and Guided Tours that are adaptable for groups of all ages and abilities! On our tours, participants learn about the history of Artspace, explore our rotating exhibitions, and interact with our resident Studio Artists to expand their understanding of the creative process. Artspace tour guides and staff are focused on creating inclusive, collaborative discussions and providing participants the opportunity to engage with our exhibitions through sensory elements and gallery interactives. After the tour, participants have the opportunity to form deeper connections with what they learned through a hands-on art activity that explores cross curricular projects and diverse media with professional artists.
We are currently scheduling field trips and guided tours for now through May 2023.
Groups we Accommodate
- School Groups
- Groups with Sensory Friendly Needs
- Afterschool Programs
- Senior Living Groups
We require a minimum number of 10 participants for our field trips and guided tours and will accommodate up to a maximum of 60 participants. Please note, we do require 1 chaperone per every 10 participants. Groups larger than 15 will be split into two groups and alternate between the tour and art activity.
Field Trips and guided tours are scheduled Wednesdays-Fridays during the months of October-May between 10:15am-12:15pm. *Artspace is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We do not schedule tours on weekends or the week of our First Friday events.
The entire program runs for 1.5 hours with a 45 minute guided tour and 45 minute art making activity. We ask that groups arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of their tour to maximize their time at Artspace!
Cost + Funding
- Self Guided Tour (up to 10 people): Free
- Guided Tour (11-60 people): $6/person
- Guided Tour + Art Activity (10-60 people): $10/person
- Field Trips (activity included) (10-60 students): $8/student
Scholarships are available to Wake County Public school groups. If you need financial assistance for your group, please contact Danny Peña to discuss options.
*Transportation costs are not covered in our scholarships.
Wheels on the Bus
We are a field trip destination for the United Arts Council’s Wheels on the Bus Fund. Wheels on the Bus grants provide funds to move one grade level per school per year at Wake County public elementary schools for field trips to area arts and cultural destinations. Title I schools are given priority as they have student populations with 40-80 percent of student bodies receiving free or reduced lunch assistance. Please visit their website to learn more and apply.
Each activity we offer can easily be adapted to your group’s interests and needs! Let us know your learning goals or access needs in the application and we will do our best to make reasonable accommodations! We also offer connections to North Carolina State Art Essential Standards for each grade level.
Acrylic Painting from Observation
Explore the elements of art in this acrylic painting activity! Using the world around us as inspiration, participants will create a small observational painting on canvas inspired by a unique theme.
Exploring Texture Through Weaving
In this tactile art activity, participants will use fabric, yarn, and unexpected materials to create a textural weaving.
Batik // Painting with Wax
Participants will learn about the traditional art and craft of batik while stamping, painting, and drawing with wax and dye to create beautiful designs on fabric.
Learn the tools and techniques of printmaking! You will use positive and negative space, line, and value to create a relief block print that will produce unique prints.
Location + Parking
Artspace is located in downtown Raleigh at 201 E Davie St. Free street parking, with a strict two-hour limit until 5pm, is available on Davie Street. Metered parking is available on adjacent streets. There are also several pay lots/decks nearby: City Market parking lot, Blount Street parking deck, and several Secure P lots for night + weekend parking (314 E Davie St, 415 S Person St, 417 S Person St).
Buses may park in the bus parking lot at the corner of Polk and Blount Streets.
Artspace is committed to increasing accessibility and broadening access to the arts; we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the creative process. Everyone is welcome at Artspace.
Our public areas, studios, galleries and classrooms are accessible.
Self Guided Tours
Visitors can also take a self-guided tour, using free resources available at our front desk. Visitors may take a self-guided tour any time during our open hours. Our Visitor Services + Administrative Team can assist you with accessing materials and answering any questions!
Want to join our community of teaching artists?
Fill out our Class Proposal Form to get involved with our Field Trip + Guided Tour program.