|A Year with Children 2004: Selected Works from Learning Through Art showcases artworks by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA), an educational program of the Guggenheim Museum. This award-winning program, now in its 34th year, fosters a greater understanding of academic subject matter and the arts through hands-on, arts-based exploration, both in the classroom and at the Guggenheim Museum. LTA facilitates yearlong residencies that place professional teaching artists in public schools throughout New York City. Artists collaborate with classroom teachers and museum educators to develop art projects that encourage investigation of themes related to school curriculums.
During the 2003–04 school year, participating students in grades 2 through 12 explored such diverse subjects as symbolism in literature and art, immigration and cultural heritage, bridges, ecosystems, mythology, local communities, and memoir. These explorations utilized art on view at the Guggenheim in the exhibitions James Rosenquist: A Retrospective, Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Boccioni's Materia, and the Thannhauser Collection, as well as the museum's unique Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. This exhibition includes examples of various stages of student work, reflecting the instruction, thought, and invention that preceded the final pieces.
Learning Through Art has been made possible by: The Louis Calder Foundation, The Center for Arts Education, Citigroup Foundation, Gap Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Janus Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by: Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., The Elroy and Terry Krumholtz Foundation, Inc., New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Times Company Foundation, and Marti Stevens.
Artwork by students at PS 166, Manhattan, and PS 88, Queens. Photos by David Heald.