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Schedule for Public Education Programs at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for Fall and Winter 2010

This post contains a listing of tours and programs for both children and adults at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.


Tours led by Museum-trained docents provide a unique experience based on close viewing and conversation. All tours are free for Modern members and free to the public with admission to the galleries. Groups with special needs are always welcome. For information or to schedule a tour, please contact the tour coordinator at 817.840.2119 or

Public Tours

Docent-led tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday at 2 pm. An additional tour is available at 11 am on Wednesdays and the first Sunday of each month. Public tours focused specifically on current special exhibitions are available at 2 pm on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. These tours do not require prior arrangements and begin in the Museum lobby.

Group Tours

Docents are available to conduct group tours of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, or an introduction to the highlights of both. These tours can accommodate 10 to 120 people and last approximately one hour. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the requested date.

Spanish-language Tours

Docent-led tours in Spanish are offered at 2 pm on the first Sunday of each month, when gallery admission is free. These tours are open to the public and do not require prior arrangements. Docents are also available to conduct private Spanish-language tours when reservations are made at least two weeks in advance.

Architecture Tours

Beginning in October, docents will be available to lead tours of the Modern’s building, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando. These tours can accommodate 10 to 60 people, last approximately one hour, and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the requested date.

New! Tour Program on Sundays

Sundays with the Modern offers unique perspectives on the Museum’s architecture, permanent collection, and special exhibitions. A variety of artists, art historians, critics, writers, and architects hold conversations and lead tours in the galleries. This special program is free with the cost of admission; tours begin at 1 pm. See below for dates and speakers. Note: There is no Sundays with the Modern on holidays.

September 12-Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite
September 19-Dr. Jeffrey Grove
September 26-Christina Rees
October 3-Erick Swenson
October 10-Matthew Sontheimer
October 17-Rebecca Carter
October 24-Vernon Fisher
November 7-Dr. Malcolm Warner
November 14-Micah Yarborough
November 21-Dr. Frances Colpitt
November 28-Annette Lawrence
December 5-Erik Parker
December 12-Marty Walker
December 19-Chris Powell
January 9-John Pomara
January 16-Dr. Benjamin Lima
January 23-Frances Bagley
January 30-Dr. Jennifer Way


Drawing from the Collection for Children

This exciting gallery program for children between the ages of five and 12 is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises in relation to works in the collection. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils or purchase materials in The Modern Shop. Attendance is limited. A sign-up sheet is located at the front desk; early arrival is encouraged.

First Sunday of each month, 2-3:30 pm
September 5-Holiday weekend; no program
October 3-Elaine Pawlowicz
November 7-Linnea Glatt
December 5-Janet Chaffee
January 2-Holiday weekend; no program

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful Wednesdays is a program for families led by a docent and includes a gallery project designed by the education department. The tour and project focus on works in the Museum’s collection. Registration is not required, but a sign-up sheet is provided at the front desk the day of the program. Attendance is limited; admission is free.

Second Wednesday of each month, 4-4:45 pm
September 8-Visiting the work of Martin Puryear
October 13-Visiting the work of Vernon Fisher
November 10-Visiting the work of Sean Scully
December 8-Visiting the work of David Bates
January 12-Visiting the work of Ellsworth Kelly

Teen Program! Thinking about Vernon Fisher…

This program provides an insightful look at the special exhibition for teens ages 12 to 16. The structure of the program includes tours and gallery or studio projects.

Sundays, 2-3:30 pm
October 24, November 21, and December 12

Classes are $10 per session. Participants may register for one or all classes at the time of registration. Online registration is available until the registration deadline. Drop-in participants are welcome to register the day of the class, but only if spots are available. Check in is at the front desk.


Friday Afternoon Drawing Studio

The Modern’s popular drawing class is back! Friday Afternoon Drawing Studio leads participants through the fundamentals of drawing using direct observation and visual problem-solving, covering a full range of techniques and materials in relation to the Modern’s permanent collection and special exhibition Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism. The class is for all skill levels and for those who wish to participate in an engaging exchange of ideas.

Instructor: Matthew Sontheimer
Fridays, 1-4 pm
November 5, 12, 19 and December 3, 10, 17
$160; $120 for Modern members
Registration deadline: October 29; class size is limited.
Register online or at the Modern’s admission desk beginning September 1.
Please note: enrollment for classes is first-come, first-served basis.

E- Merge: Evening Workshop for Adults

E-Merge is a four-week course led by the collaborative efforts of an artist and an art historian and offers students with different levels of experience an in-depth look at the Modern’s exhibitions. This informative class combines art historical discussion of works in the galleries with short, hands-on studio projects. The E-Merge program will explore concepts presented in the Modern’s fall exhibition lineup, including Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism and the permanent collection. E-Merge offers adults a new way of looking at art and the world through the unique perspectives of two engaging instructors.

Instructors: Richie Budd and Frances Colpitt
Thursdays, 6-8 pm
October 7, 14, 21, and 28
$80; $60 for Modern members and Educators
Registration deadline: September 24; class size is limited.
CPE credits are available.
Register online or at the Modern’s admission desk beginning September 1.
Please note: enrollment for classes is first-come, first-served basis.

Drawing from the Collection

Join us and become acquainted with the Modern’s collection while developing drawing skills by looking and learning with local artists as they lead informal, basic drawing classes in the galleries. Open to adults at all skill levels. Bring a sketchbook and pencils or purchase materials from The Modern Shop. This class is free to the public. Registration is not required, but participants should sign in at the front desk.

First Sunday of each month, 2-3:30 pm
September 5-Holiday weekend; no program
October 3-Alvaro Perez
November 7-David Willburn
December 5-Margaret Meehan
January 2-Holiday weekend; no program

Art Lies at the Modern Reading Group

The Modern is proud to host a new reading group! Art Lies at the Modern is open to the public and allows participants to enjoy selections from each new issue of Art Lies-a Texas-based visual arts periodical-augmented by one to two supplementary essays chosen by Museum staff. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Space is limited; RSVP to by Monday, October 4 to reserve your seat. Reading materials will be sent via e-mail.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is located at 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Contact them by phone at 817.738.9215 or on the web at The Modern’s hours are Tues 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Feb-Apr); Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition) are $4 for students with ID and seniors (60+); $10 for adults (13+); free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members; and free the first Sunday of every month and half-price every Wednesday.

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