Slice of Art




The Slice of Art program at Art Center Sarasota provides fun and educational art experiences for students and adults through exciting guided tours of Art Center Sarasota’s changing exhibitions and hands-on art making activities. 


Slice of Art tours are made possible by grants from:

  • The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Inc., Charles L. Huisking Jr. and Lillian Huisking Donor Advised Fund
  • Ethel Taub Memorial Grant from Designing Women Boutique


For more information about how you can help to provide funding for this program or to schedule a tour, please contact Elizabeth Goodwill, Education Director 941.365.2032


Student Tours

Slice of Art tours for students in grades K-12 are age appropriate and designed to capture the student’s imagination. The tours include connections to science, social studies, and other subject areas. The Center’s Slice of Art coordinator works with teachers to develop curriculum connections and leads discussions in the galleries relevant to issues in student’s lives. After the gallery tour, students enjoy a pizza lunch and refreshments followed by a forty-five minute art-making workshop using high quality artist’s materials. The Program is listed in the Sarasota County School System’s EdExplore SRQ as an approved activity for outside classroom learning.

Each Slice of Art Tour for students serves up to 30 participants per visit (not including chaparones) and includes:
  • Art Supplies (high quality acrylic paints, paper and paint brushes)
  • Bus transportation (using Sarasota County School Buses)

One Substitute Teacher

  • A Slice of Art Teacher/Coordinator and Art Center Volunteers

Pizza and refreshments

Slice of Art Tours are qualified explorations in Sarasota County's EdExplore SRQ program with benchmarks for teachers.
Learn more: EdExplore Slice of Art or download the educators Slice of Art packet.



Adult Tours

Slice of Art is now available to community groups that serve mentally and physically challenged adults. Currently, the program is working with the Mental Health Community Center and Lighthouse of Manasota.

The Mental Health Community Center serves adults (ages 20-80) who are diagnosed with various mental conditions but who are now functional and stable thanks to medicine, therapy, and community.  These members visit the Center every exhibition and are given a tour that encourages them to ask questions and voice opinions in order to promote self-confidence and self-security.
Lighthouse of Manasota participants are students of an adult class (ages 20-90) for recently blind or low vision individuals. This group poses an interesting challenge in that most of the participants have very poor eyesight.  We are working with Lighthouse of Manasota teachers to develop an art activity that will challenge the students based on their sight abilities.


Tour Overview

The day starts with a tour of the galleries, where the participants are taught the basics of the gallery experience. They learn the importance of labeling art, the composition of the work they are viewing, and the artist's intentions and background. Possibly the most important aspect of the galley tour is gaining the ability to put a voice to the emotional responses the work invokes: the ability to articulate one’s feelings. 

  •  Discussion of the Works of Art on Display

During this discussion, participants are encouraged to explore their personal connections with the artwork they have just viewed. Freedom of self-expression, and the confidence gained by the acceptance of one’s viewpoint give them a sense of pride. There are no wrong answers in this group discussion, and no one is judged. One of the goals of this discussion is to demonstrate the ability of art to evoke memories and emotions of the viewer.

  • A “Slice” of Pizza

Pizza and refreshments are served during break. 

  • Hands-on Workshop

The participants create a work of art, inspired by what they have just experienced in the galleries.The materials used in the workshop are not the ordinary stuff of classrooms, but are the highest quality paints and papers.

  • Learning the Color Wheel

The color wheel is one of the most basic, but most often used tools in the arts. An explanationof the color wheel and demonstration of its properties are taught. 

  • Learning how to mix paint

Only paints in the primary colors are given to the students. They rely on what they have justlearned about the color wheel to create the colors they need.



Impact and Success Monitoring
To monitor the impact of the program, students, teachers and program directors are asked to complete Evaluation Questionnaires at the end of each visit. The evaluation responses provide important information about the strengths and weaknesses of the program, the components the students find most meaningful, and to what degree they value the educational experience



*Slice of Art is also available for a fee for adult paint parties, social groups and corporate events. For information, please contact: