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Field Trips & K-12 School Programs

BIMA provides art-based learning opportunities designed to spark curiosity, foster critical thinking, and support the creativity of young people in our region.

Programs for learners grades K-12 support State and Common Core Standards and every learning opportunity can be customized to meet the needs of each student, classroom, or school. Guided field trips, self-guided visits, in-classroom artist residencies, and workshops for teachers all ensure that high quality art education is accessible to our neighbors in Kitsap County and beyond.


Programs to Explore:

Guided Field Trips | Self-Guided Visits | Workshops for Teachers


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Guided Field Trips

BIMA offers FREE interactive field trip experiences to Puget Sound area learners, grades K-12.

Students viewing work by Margie McDonald on a field trip to BIMA

Guided field trips include:

Pre-Field Trip School Visit (30 minutes)

BIMA educators come to your site and share background information on the current exhibitions, lead discussion of museum expectations, and time for questions from students.


Guided Visit to BIMA (60-120 minutes, depending on grade level)

Trained BIMA volunteers use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to cultivate students’ observation and critical thinking skills. These questions encourage students to look closely, share personal perspectives, and build connections to their own lives and learning. Students have the opportunity to explore the exhibitions further as they hone their observational drawing or writing skills in a hands-on activity.


Additional Field Trip Options:

  • Brown Bag Lunch (+30 minutes)
    BIMA can provide space for groups to enjoy their lunches at the museum.
  • Studio Project (+30 minutes)
    BIMA educators guide students through a hands-on art project, inspired by exhibition themes
  • Host a Teaching Artist in Residence in your classroom after the field trip!
    Please inquire if you are interested in hosting a teaching artist in your classroom in the weeks or months following your visit. Short-term residency projects are determined in collaboration between classroom teaching and BIMA teaching artists to support integration into the curriculum.



Many groups are eligible for subsidized transportation to and from the art museum. BIMA works with your district’s transportation department or assists with coordinating equivalent alternatives.


Note: In order to maintain the quality of the field trip experience for each student, please follow the adult-to-student ratio: 

  • Pre-K 1:3
  • K-2nd grade 1:5
  • 3rd-8th grade 1:7 
  • 9th-12th grade 1:10


Field Trip Request

Request your field trip today for April or May 2020—few dates remain available

Request a field trip here.

Self-Guided Visit

BIMA asks that all K-12 groups visiting the museum for a self-guided visit register in advance of their field trip to BIMA, to ensure the best possible experience. Information about bus and group parking, space for lunch, available materials and more available upon registration.

Please note that self-guided visits may not be available Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings during the school year, due to conflicts with the guided field trip program.

Request a self-guided visit for the 2019/2020 school year here.

Workshops for Teachers

BIMA supports the continued learning and professional development to teachers from all grade levels and disciplines by offering workshops throughout the year. BIMA is a Washington State clock hour provider, and our annual Professional Development workshop for teachers is free of charge. Additionally, clock hours may be available for select hands-on art-making workshops throughout the year. Contact to learn more.