Our Guam Art Museum

Sharing our findings about local art (Part 2 of 4)
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Art, History, Social Studies, Music


Elementary, 3-5
Middle School, 6-8
High School, 9-12

Time required

55 min.

Materials required


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Lesson Plan


For this lesson, students will take a field trip to visit one of the Guam art galleries (for a list, view Guampedia’s entry Guam Art Galleries).

Note: This lesson is optional, and not crucial for completion of the overall lesson series.


  • Students will see firsthand one of Guam’s art galleries.
  • During their visit, students will take note of the layout and content of the gallery.
  • Students will also record their feelings to the artwork, anything they may have learned, and questions they have.
  • Students will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the gallery, and use the information to better shape the classroom Guam art museum.

Questions or Assessment

  • What is the layout of the gallery? How is it organized?
  • How does the artwork affect me?
  • How can we use this information to better design our classroom museum?


Teacher prep
1. Organize for a field trip to one of Guam’s art galleries. Permission slips, transportation, and coordination with the gallery are all necessary.

Pre-tour Preparation (7 min.)
1. Prior to entering the gallery, recap with students the goal of the trip:

a. We are here to learn more about the structure of galleries on island. We are to take notes to better inform the design of our own classroom museum.

b. Be sure to ask good questions, take copious notes, and explore!

2. Have the students each write down one thing they plan to learn (e.g. how do art galleries display music?, how are profiles of artists posted?, what type of art will move me the most?).

Touring the Gallery (30 min.)
1. Tour the gallery with your host. Be sure to keep students focused on the task at hand: to research ideas for the classroom Guam art museum.

a. Encourage students to be inquisitive, but allow the gallery’s guide to direct the tour (they often have pre-set tour points, and it’s polite to allow them to complete the tour as they have planned).

b. When possible, remind students to think about their classroom Guam art museum, and took take notes accordingly.

Post-tour Discussion (10 min.)
1. On the ride back to school, discuss with the students some of the following:

a. How was the gallery organized?
b. What surprised you about the gallery? What did not?
c. What did you like best about the gallery? How can we include that into our classroom museum?
d. What did you like least about the gallery? How can we avoid that in our classroom museum?

2. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; the aim is to get students to think critically about their trip, and to begin shaping plans for their classroom museum.

Homework Assignment (3 min.)
1. Have each student write a one-page thank you letter to the gallery for having the class as guests during the field trip.

Recap (5 min.)
1. Recap what we’ve done and learned in the lesson:

“Today we visited one of Guam’s art galleries. We prepared ourselves with questions and goals, we toured the gallery and took notes, and after the tour, we discussed issues we learned. We’ve been able to learn some important things from this trip, and we’ll be using this information when designing out classroom Guam art museum.”

2. Ask students for their favorite parts of the lesson.