It’s glorious to be able to go onto the Internet and hear any kind of music anywhere, from anywhere, and get it instantly. But there’s also something glorious about having a record with a sleeve and looking at the artwork, putting it on the turntable and playing it, there’s still something romantic to me about that.Conor Oberst
The other day I received a notice from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston telling me of the upcoming exhibitions. As I read the information, I couldn’t help but feel just a bit giddy at the prospect of seeing the Dutch Masters up-close-and-personal. I remember going to the same museum as a child, being awestruck at the fact that there were people in the world who could look at a block of marble or an oozing mess of color on a plate and see the intricate form or combination of colors that so perfectly represented the physical and emotional form of people, places, and things.
I was never able to recreate the scenes they did until I discovered writing. Still, the impression that seeing these masterpieces in the flesh as it were was a formative experience for my life, one upon which I continue to draw inspiration. In honor of this opportunity that I had, Today’s post is all about bringing your attention to programs dedicated to bringing art, in all its forms, to schoolchildren. Below are the links to some great programs. May they continue to inspire you.
- A recent collaboration between the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and BBC Learning has sought to give schoolchildren the opportunity to view works of art close-up, by bringing the masterpieces to them in the classroom.
- Tastes Like Paint (TLP) is Rochester Art Center’s teen art group that participates in a variety of activities, from the discussion of contemporary artists’ practices to the production of unique artworks. The mission of TLP is to foster a community of young artists that believe in the importance of contemporary art to inspire and engage people and improve lives.
- Transformation Through Arts Integration Every teacher at Wiley H. Bates Middle School, is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for students.
- American Folk Art Museum – Over the course of multiple visits in the classroom and museum, students develop careful looking and thinking skills as they work together through facilitated discussions to decode diverse works of art. Each session will focus on a different sub-theme: symbols, pattern, narrative, or materials.
- The Seattle Art Museum – IN YOUR CLASSROOM ART GOES TO SCHOOL MULTI-SESSION PROGRAM Designed as either a pre-visit experience or as a stand-alone art experience in your classroom, Art Goes to School engages K–12 students in conversations about art and culture. Led by Teaching Artists, Art Goes to School is interdisciplinary and works well in a wide range of classroom settings.
There are so many other programs and collaborations between museums and schools that provide wonderful experiences for students, experiences that influence all aspects of their lives. If you are part of a program that brings art in its various forms to students who would otherwise not have the exposure, send me an e-mail (ArtLifeConnection@gmail.com) with the details.I will include the links in future posts. I am happy to spread the word and give others the chance at experiencing art in a way that will change their lives.
Have a wonderful day.