The museum offers reserved live, interactive online learning programs led by docents on a daily basis, except for Wednesdays and federal holidays. All programs are subject to scheduling availability. Programs can be customized to last from twenty minutes to one hour and will be hosted live by Freer and Sackler docents in an encrypted, password-secure meeting on the Zoom platform. Interactions between Freer and Sackler staff and the students may include any of the following: video chat, chat box, and breakout rooms. Teachers/program coordinators may make specific requests regarding program length, platform, and chat options.

Choose from the following program topics or design your own program. Each program is tailored to meet grade-level and curricular needs. A Freer and Sackler docent will contact the program coordinator to discuss the group, online learning needs, and the logistics for the live online interactive learning program several weeks before the scheduled program date.


Program Topics

Grades K–4

Daily Life in the Arts of Asia

How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures? Students will investigate scenes and objects of daily life in works of art across Asia to discover how people in the past lived and what they valued. Students may “jump into” works of art and imagine what they may hear, feel, see, and smell. Students will compare daily life in the past to how they live today using the objects they examine.

Visit this website to view works of art students may examine with docents during the program:
Learning Lab: Daily Life in the Arts of Asia

Symbols in the Arts of Asia

How is art used to communicate attitudes and emotions towards the natural world? Students will examine and identify real and imagined animals in the arts of Asia. They may listen to a story, pose like works of art, and learn how animals and plants symbolize values and attitudes. Students may conclude the session by drawing their own mythical creature.

Visit this website to view works of art students may examine with docents during the program:
Learning Lab: Symbols in the Arts of Asia

Customize a Program

Do you have an interactive online learning concept in mind that you do not see advertised here? Select the topic for your program or the works of art of your choice. Please be sure to indicate your topic and other ideas in the “additional information” section of the tour request form. Our docents will work with you to refine your ideas and provide suggestions.

Grades 5–12

Religious Arts of Asia

How does art preserve and communicate religious beliefs? Students will examine works of art from the major religious traditions that originated in Asia— Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam—to learn religious stories and devotional practices central to each. Students will learn to identify symbols and designs in artworks that communicate the beliefs and values of these faith traditions.

Visit this website to view works of art students may examine with docents during the program:  Learning Lab: Religious Arts of Asia

Slow Looking at Art

How can looking at one work of art for a substantial amount of time help us think more critically? Slow looking is the art of taking time to slow the mind and carefully look and observe beyond what can be seen at first glance. After introducing some meditative breathing exercises, Freer and Sackler docents will guide students through activities that encourage slow and close looking. Writing activities, paired conversations, and/or large group discussions may be used as students dive deeply into the examination of one work of art.

Visit this website to view works of art students may examine with docents during the program:
Learning Lab: Slow Looking at Art

Daily Life in the Arts of Asia

How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures? Students will be able to identify how art is used to inform beliefs, values, or behaviors of societies. Students may participate in close-looking exercises, small group discussions, and creative writing activities such as narrative or poetry writing.

Visit this website to view works of art students may examine with docents during the program:
Learning Lab: Daily Life in the Arts of Asia

Symbols in the Arts of Asia

How is art used to communicate attitudes and emotions towards the natural world? Students will identify and interpret designs depicting animals and nature on objects across Asia that reveal cultural associations and societal values. Students may conclude the program by drawing a symbol that reflects one of their personal values.

Visit this website to view works of art students may examine with docents during the program:
Learning Lab: Symbols in the Arts of Asia

Customize a Program

Do you have an interactive online learning concept in mind that you do not see advertised here? Select the topic for your program or the works of art of your choice. Please be sure to indicate your topic and other ideas in the “additional information” section of the tour request form. Our docents will work with you to refine your ideas and give suggestions.


Scheduling a Virtual Field Trip

  1. Choose a topic, day, and time that work for your group.
  2. Submit a request at least four weeks in advance using the online form.
    • Submitting a form does not guarantee a reservation.
  3. A Freer and Sackler docent will follow up with an e-mail to request more information about your group and to inquire about your expectations to ensure that the program meets your needs. Please respond promptly to the e-mail.

Request a program


Things to Know

  • Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and depend on availability.
  • Please indicate any special needs as “additional information” on the request form.
  • Please call the tour scheduler immediately at 202.633.1012 to report cancellations and changes.