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Channel Islands Maritime Museum offers Educational Tours for After School groups by appointment for students in grades 3-12. Multi-age groups can be accommodated, although every attempt should be made to group students so that they can enjoy age-appropriate activities together. The docent-led interactive tours are 90 minutes long and consist of 3 activities appropriate to the ages of your students. Each tour is custom-designed to meet the needs and interests of your group.

Activities may include 3 from among the following:

Seascape Art Appreciation & Drawing Techniques

Suitable for grades 4-8

Students are guided to look at paintings as the docent points out design elements and basic artistry techniques, such as shape, line, texture, horizon line, and perspective. Moving on to another painting, students identify and label the same elements and make their own observations on a line drawing of the painting. Lastly, students will look at another painting, imagining that they are an artist in the field, and make their own sketch of the scene, using the techniques they learned.

Whales & the Art of Scrimshaw

Suitable for grades 3-6

Students will become familiar with different types of whales, and then study the Museum’s rich collection of scrimshaw artifacts. They will then learn a brief history of the whaling history, explore the life of a sailor on a whaling ship, and end with reviewing the alternative materials used by scrimshaw artists today. Finally, students create their own “scrimshaw” masterpiece.

Signal Flags

Suitable for grades 3-5

Students will find out how ships “talk” to each other through the use of signal flags, and learning the universal signal flag alphabet. They will spell out and read words in signal flag letters, form their own signal flag word, or write their names in signal flags. 

Channel Islands

Suitable for grades 3-12

Students will explore the geography, topography, as well as plant and animal life on each of the 5 islands. Through a video and docent explanation, students will identify the different animals that live on each separate island.

Upper Deck Scavenger Hunt

Suitable for grades 3-5

Students will find answers to specific questions by hunting for objects on display in several exhibits, including ship models, shipwreck artifacts, globes, and whale bones.

Port of Hueneme

Suitable for grades 3-12

Students will explore the exhibit with a partner, searching for information about the Port of Hueneme, which is the largest port on the coast of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Students will find out that there are products that they use and consume on a daily basis that come through the Port of Hueneme. They will also learn which countries are involved in the import and export of products locally and the types of vessels that are used. They will also learn about the maritime history of the area, how and why the port was developed, and where the name “Hueneme” came from. 

California Coastal Historic Art

Suitable for grades 4-12

Five works of fine art are shared, each telling a story about a moment in time in California coastal history. Docents teach art appreciation concepts as well as the historical significance of each piece, weaving a story that ties each of the individual masterpieces to tell the greater story. Students will then revisit each piece of art, review concepts learned and are encouraged to make predictions. 

Boats 101

Suitable for grades 3-4

Students will be introduced to different types of vessels, how they are powered (sails, oars, motor), and different sizes (boats or ships). They then tour the museum viewing works of art in the form of paintings and ship models, identifying and categorizing each one, as well as look out the windows at the vessels in the harbor. Finally, they are given a small art lesson and given the opportunity to draw their own seascape using their new knowledge of boats. 

Art Gallery Search and Find

Suitable for grades 3-8

Students will travel through 3 different galleries exploring both paintings and ship models from the 17th century to modern.  Their goal is to find specific details in 6 different pieces of art in each gallery. A docent will guide students to help them on their search and tell them more about each piece of art as they find it.

Sailors' Math Treasure Hunt

Suitable for grades 4-6

Students explore the Upper Deck of the museum in search of objects in various exhibits, from The Age of Exploration to the Port of Hueneme and whales. At each object, docents share interesting information about the object and pose real-life math problems.  Students are led to a discussion about how to solve the problem, using mathematical reasoning skills.  Students create equations to solve the problems which they can bring back to school or home to calculate.

Whale Fun

Suitable for grades 4-8

Students share what they know about whales and find out which whales can be seen along our local coast. Then they discover some amazing facts in an interactive game where they find a partner and share information.

If your students have special needs, please be sure to let us know in advance so that we can accommodate.

After School Field Trips: History
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