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Art of History (Elementary level only; Spring 2022)
These five lesson series combine history, art history, and art making to introduce students to historical ideas through different modalities. At the end of this project based learning experience students will have created their own work of art inspired by what they have learned. Available for elementary-level students only, starting in the spring of 2022.
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- Families Then & Now (K-2): Students will learn how their families today are similar and different long ago by examining portraits and artifacts. They will then create an album featuring a self portrait and images of their family long ago and today made with watercolor pencils.
- Transportation Then & Now (K-5): Students track the evolution of transportation in NYC from the carriage to the omnibus, trolley, and subway. Referencing artifacts and images from the collection students will create a collage highlighting one of these modes of transportation to be combined into a class timeline.
- Mapping My New York (1-5): Students will study maps of Manhattan from the 17th-21st centuries to see how the ever expanding city has changed and review the fundamental components of mapmaking. Using this knowledge students will create their own map of Manhattan tracing the city’s history from pre colonization to the present day.
- Life in New Amsterdam (2-5): Students will examine artifacts to gain an understanding of the everyday lives of people in New Amsterdam. Then, in the tradition of Dutch still life painting, students will paint their own still lives referencing the artifacts with pen, ink, and watercolors.
- Picturing Black History (2-5): Students discover the life stories of luminaries from Black History including Ida B. Wells, Madam CJ Walker, and George Washington Carver by studying their portraits.They will then share their knowledge by creating a charcoal portrait of one of these figures and writing an accompanying label.
- Art as Activism (3-5): Students analyze activist posters from the American Revolution to present day to assess what makes an impactful work of activist art. They will then design, carve, and print their own activist poster supporting a cause they believe in.
- American Revolution Imprint (4-5): Students will consider the impact of printed material on the colonies' fight for independence. Students then design, carve, and print a revolutionary broadside supporting either the patriot or loyalist cause.
- Industrial Innovations (4-5): Students will learn about the innovations of the Industrial Revolution and their impact on New York City. They will then focus on one specific case study of Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Lamps to inspire their own mosaic style creations.