Art Detectives

Art Detectives brings art from the Speed’s education collection into area schools to encourage curiosity and foster meaningful engagement with art. The program aims to develop three main skills:

      Observation – Students increase their observation skills by looking closely at original works of art
      Collaboration – Students work together in small groups to see what they can deduce about a given object
      Problem Solving – Like a detective, students deduce the purpose, material, and creator of a given object


Funding Support for Title 1 Schools
For Title I schools, the first 4 class visits are free of charge.  Additional class visits may be purchased at a discounted rate.  Please contact Amber Thieneman for details at

Regional and Private School Rates (valid through May 2017):
1 class visit – $200
2-4 class visits – $400
5-6 class visits – $500
7-9 class visits – $700

How to Sign Up
The program must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance by submitting an Art Detectives Request Form. Be sure to also download our Registration Guide and Frequently Asked Questions PDFs.

The Right Crate for Your Classroom
Our helpful guide
includes more information about each Art Detectives crate and the classrooms and curriculum for which they’re ideally suited.

Additional Resources
Pre- and post-visit activities extend the Art Detectives school visit program and connect it to learning in visual arts, language arts and social studies classes. All lessons support Common Core Curriculum.

Art Detectives Pre- and Post-Visit Materials
Art Detectives Curriculum Connections Materials
Art Detectives Literature Connections Materials