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The artwork presented in this annual exhibition was created by students who participated in Learning Through Art (LTA), a program of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. LTA sends experienced teaching artists into New York City public schools, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to design art projects related to the elementary school curriculum. During the 2004–05 school year, LTA teaching artists served nearly 1,500 students in ten schools throughout the city.
The exhibition highlights six themes—Community, Identity, Social Issues, Stories, Symbols, and The World–which offer insight into some of the areas of interest and concern to New York City students and teachers. Whether addressing environmental issues or immigrant experiences, storytelling or community concerns, these students used art to express ideas critically and creatively.
While creating their own art, students looked at and discussed art on view at the Guggenheim, both in the classroom and on visits to the museum. Careful viewing and open-ended conversations helped students understand how artists explore and express ideas, provided springboards for skill-based lessons, and introduced students to the great variety of artistic styles and intellectual concerns encountered in art. During the 2004–05 school year, students drew inspiration from art on view in The Aztec Empire; Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec; The Eye of the Storm: Works in situ by Daniel Buren; and the Guggenheim Museum's permanent collection.
For further information, please visit our Learning Through Art Web page.
This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation.
Educational activities are made possible by The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund, The Engelberg Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Mortimer D. Sackler Family, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and the Museum's Education Committee.
The Learning Through Art program is supported by Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., The Louis Calder Foundation, The Center for Arts Education, Citigroup Foundation, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Gap Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Janus Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Times Company Foundation, Beatrice Snyder Foundation, Marti Stevens, and The United States Department of Education.
An Evening for Arts Education
Tuesday May 31, 6–8 PM
A special evening in support of Learning Through Art and the Sackler Center for Arts Education and to celebrate the accomplishments of students and teaching artists from New York City public schools. To purchase a ticket to this event, please contact (212) 360-4219.
Learning Through Art Family Day
Sunday June 5, 1–4 PM
Enjoy music and art-making activities in the galleries to celebrate our end-of-the-school-year exhibit A Year with Children 2005: Selected Works from Learning Through Art. Free with museum admission. No reservation necessary.
Learning Through Art Teacher Workshop
Wednesday June 8, 3:30–6 PM
Consider new ways of using art to explore curricular subject matter by using the museum as a resource and inspiration. Participating teachers view children's art on display in the exhibition A Year with Children 2005: Selected Works from Learning Through Art, experiment with using art materials to explore concepts, and work together to design new projects that support the school curriculum. Resource packets include ideas for classroom projects. Instructor: Learning Through Art Staff. $20 per educator. To register, call (212) 423-3637.
Teaching Literacy Through Art
Wednesday June 15, 3:30–6 PM
Discussing art can help build the critical thinking skills necessary for reading comprehension. Learn how museum educators create sequenced, open-ended questions to facilitate conversations that cultivate these skills. Participants receive resource packages with visual aids for use in their classrooms. Instructor: Learning Through Art staff. $20 per educator. To register, call (212) 423-3637.