To schedule a docent-led group tour, please submit a Tour Request Form, email or call 619.239.5548 x109.

Elementary School Teacher Guide

Prepare your students for their visit to the Timken with our downloadable Teacher's Guide to the Collection in English and Spanish. The guide includes information about ten artworks in our collection that represent painting from the 14th century in Italy to the 19th century in the United States. The guide's lesson plans help you inspire your students to look more carefully and understand better the artworks that they will see when visiting the Timken.

Middle and High School

To enrich the school tour for middle and high school students, we created a teacher’s guide that offers teachers various activities and ideas to connect art to other subjects, such as world and U.S. history, English language arts, social studies, and the humanities.

The booklet includes ten lesson plans aligned with Common Core Standards. Through explorations of subject matter, content, genre, and composition, lesson plan activities encourage close examination and interpretation of a selection of artworks in the Timken’s permanent collection.

In-School Power Point Presentations

Bring fine art into your classroom with free PowerPoint presentations and discussions facilitated by Timken docents. Designed to introduce students (grades K-12) to the Timken's permanent collection and special exhibitions, this program enhances, supports, and extends classroom learning. Our docents will customize presentations to align with teacher’s curriculum and needs. Schedule a presentation: or 619-239-5548 x109.