Learning Through Art at the Guggenheim

Learning Through Art at the Guggenheim Learning Through Art is an artist-residency program that is part of the Education Department at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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Students at PS 219 are exploring their identities and how their life experiences contribute to making their community un...
02/07/2020

Students at PS 219 are exploring their identities and how their life experiences contribute to making their community unique. To create art that directly reflects this idea, students made individual artworks using drawings and collage materials to then put together and produce a larger collective piece. The curriculum continued with an introduction to map making via mapping out the school building and elements of its environment. Currently, students are beginning to make connections between themselves and members of their community through water color self-portraits using shapes and symbols.

To learn more about our program: https://www.guggenheim.org/for-educators/learning-through-art

Last month, we welcomed back our Teaching Artists to the museum for another round of Professional Development Trainings....
02/03/2020

Last month, we welcomed back our Teaching Artists to the museum for another round of Professional Development Trainings. PS 219 Teaching Artists Anna Martin and Laura Kelly led us through a workshop focused on adapting programming towards students with different needs, and how to engage all learners. We created our own scratch art pages, first coloring sheets of paper with cray-pas (oil pastels) in a variety of colors, before covering it in a layer of black tempera paint. Once dry, scratching at the paint with a variety of tools removes the top layer of black and reveals the colors underneath! We also took some time in the galleries to explore the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's newest shows: "The Fullness of Color: 1960s Painting" and "Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction."

Weekly reading—Guggenheim blog writer Caitlin Dover experienced firsthand the most exciting LTA night of the year: the o...
01/03/2020
A Year with Children—Meaningful Colors, Happy Mistakes, and One “Epic” Opening Night

Weekly reading—Guggenheim blog writer Caitlin Dover experienced firsthand the most exciting LTA night of the year: the opening benefit for "A Year with Children". Each year at the benefit, students represent their residencies and projects to the attendees, and discuss their project processes, favorite parts of the year, and what they learned from LTA. Read along to learn more about the night from the perspective of a Learning Through Art Student Artist Educator.

Last week’s opening of A Year with Children at the Guggenheim—the culmination of the annual, 20-week Learning Through Art program—was an event wreathed in smiles.

PS 28 second grade students began the year by taking a deep dive into the world of shapes and architecture through close...
12/11/2019

PS 28 second grade students began the year by taking a deep dive into the world of shapes and architecture through close observation and lively discussion of the Guggenheim building. Students created sketches of shapes seen in the museum, as well as their own classroom environment. By considering artworks like Kandinsky’s "Composition 8," in addition to an engaging read-aloud of "Lines That Wiggle" by Candace Whitman, teaching artist Sharela Bonfield introduced this residency’s essential question of the year—"How can making and looking at art make us feel safe?"—through the entry point of line and mark making.

This week we had our Teaching Artists at the museum for one of our Professional Development Trainings. Veteran LTA Teach...
11/13/2019

This week we had our Teaching Artists at the museum for one of our Professional Development Trainings. Veteran LTA Teaching Artist, Joey Weiss, led us through the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum's "Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial With Cube Design Museum," and helped us to come up with essential questions that will inform artworks each student will make in "A Year with Children 2020." We focused on the development of an essential question for each residency and how this question should inform/relate to the project students will complete for our annual "A Year with Children exhibition." Teaching Artists compared and shared artistic influences they plan on using in the classroom this school year, and discussed ways to connect essential questions to classroom curricula. We cant wait to see how these questions develop!

Learn more about the program: https://www.guggenheim.org/for-educato…/learning-through-art

Last week, the Learning Through Art (LTA) team welcomed teaching artists and teachers back to the Solomon R. Guggenheim ...
10/28/2019

Last week, the Learning Through Art (LTA) team welcomed teaching artists and teachers back to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for the second of our program-wide workshops: “Learning Through Art Residency Planning Days.”

Teachers and teaching artists spent time in the museum's galleries exploring "Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection,” and had discussions about curriculum connections to the artworks, as well as best practices to guide student's art-making while enjoying studio time and creating art themselves! Check out some photos here and learn more about the LTA program: https://gu.gg/2r8EKvM.

Don't miss our annual international Drawing the Guggenheim event on October 27, where you and the family can participate...
10/09/2019

Don't miss our annual international Drawing the Guggenheim event on October 27, where you and the family can participate in a family tour, architecture and drawing workshop, drop-in sketching, and more!

Learn more and plan your visit: https://gu.gg/2maAqh3

The 2019-2020 LTA year is off to a great start! Last week we hosted our classroom teachers and teaching artists for our ...
10/02/2019

The 2019-2020 LTA year is off to a great start! Last week we hosted our classroom teachers and teaching artists for our official Learning Through Art Kick-Off Days. Our educators worked on their ideas for this year's art projects, listened to Bank Street educator Cathleen Wiggins speak about working relationships and how to develop healthy partnerships, and scheduled their class times for the upcoming year.

Cathleen's presentation focused on the qualities that are necessary to develop a successful working partnership. She focused on the ways in which these skills can help foster communication and cooperation in a work environment, and how these skills can be applicable for LTA teaching residencies.

In the next few weeks our residencies will begin at our school sites, and we are already excited to see what our students will create! Enjoy a few highlight photos from the start of the year.

Learn more about the program: https://gu.gg/2r8EKvM

Weekly reading–we sat down with two students that participated in the Learning Through Art program to discuss painting, ...
09/09/2019
“The Thing I Drew”: Talking with the Guggenheim’s Youngest Artists

Weekly reading–we sat down with two students that participated in the Learning Through Art program to discuss painting, the @SolomonR.GuggenheimMuseum , and how they found their artistic inspiration.

Two young students who participated in the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art program discuss painting, the museum, and how they came to believe in their own creative abilities.

The best way to find out more about the @SolomonR.Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program is to ask some of our studen...
08/26/2019
“It Just Sparks Joy”: Things Children Can Tell You about Art

The best way to find out more about the @SolomonR.Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program is to ask some of our students! LTA students who participated in “A Year with Children 2018” exhibition, shared what they found special about their experiences, and how Learning Through Art has shaped their year.

Young students in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program share their thoughts on how art can change lives.

After working with the Guggenheim's Learning Through Art program for many years, public school teacher Deborah Sachs sha...
08/08/2019
Learning from the Guggenheim—One Teacher’s Story

After working with the Guggenheim's Learning Through Art program for many years, public school teacher Deborah Sachs shares the impact of art on her students' lives and education.

During a decade working with the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program, public school teacher Deborah Sachs has seen the profound impact of art on her students’ lives and education.

Did you know multiple famous artists were involved in creating the LTA Program? These photographs show Keith Haring, Wyn...
08/02/2019
One Thing that Keith Haring, Wynton Marsalis, and Paloma Picasso Have in Common

Did you know multiple famous artists were involved in creating the LTA Program? These photographs show Keith Haring, Wynton Marsalis, Paloma Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg working with students who took part in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program.

These photographs show Keith Haring, Wynton Marsalis, and Paloma Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg working with students who were taking part in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program.

Ever dream of volunteering with Teaching Artists in NYC Public Schools? You're in luck! Learning Through Art is now acce...
07/02/2019
Learning Through Art

Ever dream of volunteering with Teaching Artists in NYC Public Schools? You're in luck! Learning Through Art is now accepting applications for the coming year's cohort of volunteers. Check out our website to see how you can get involved.

Learning Through Art cultivates student creativity by designing sustained, process-oriented art projects that support learning across the curriculum.

We can't believe there is only one more day to explore "A Year with Children 2019"! Our annual exhibition closes tomorro...
06/01/2019

We can't believe there is only one more day to explore "A Year with Children 2019"! Our annual exhibition closes tomorrow, June 2nd. Check out some pictures from the installation below!

It’s your last weekend to explore “A Year with Children 2019,” featuring work by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA)—our artist-in-residence program in New York City public elementary schools. LTA partners teaching artists with educators in each of the city’s five boroughs to design projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum. The program encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and ongoing collaborative investigation. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2XLhrqm

Participating schools: PS 86 (Kingsbridge Heights), PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights), PS 9 (Prospect Heights), PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 (East Harlem), Mosaic Preparatory Academy (East Harlem), PS 145 (Harlem), PS 219 (Flushing), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 (Forest Hills), PS 317 (Rockaway Park), and PS 48 (Grasmere)


“A Year with Children 2019” is made possible by Jacadi

During our annual exhibition “A Year With Children 2019,” we provide postcards for visitors to send our LTA student arti...
05/28/2019

During our annual exhibition “A Year With Children 2019,” we provide postcards for visitors to send our LTA student artists feedback on their artwork. Check out some of the wonderful messages visitors from all over the world have left for our students. Make sure to visit and leave your own note to students before the exhibition closes on June 2nd!

Plan your visit: https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/a-year-with-children-2019

The “A Year with Children 2019” exhibition is now open. We are all so excited to share our student's work with the publi...
05/01/2019

The “A Year with Children 2019” exhibition is now open. We are all so excited to share our student's work with the public and see how the exhibition has come together. Check out a few sneak peek pictures of the student's artwork below!

Visit the "A Year with Children 2019" exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, on view through June 2nd!

Join us in congratulating this year’s Learning Through Art students on their first museum exhibition! "A Year with Children 2019" is now open, featuring works created by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA)—our artist-in-residence program in New York City public elementary schools. LTA partners teaching artists with educators in each of the city’s five boroughs to design projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum. The program encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and ongoing collaborative investigation. Learn more: https://gu.gg/2XLhrqm


Participating schools: PS 86 (Kingsbridge Heights), PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights), PS 9 (Prospect Heights), PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 (East Harlem), Mosaic Preparatory Academy (East Harlem), PS 145 (Harlem), PS 219 (Flushing), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 (Forest Hills), PS 317 (Rockaway Park), and PS 48 (Grasmere)


"A Year with Children 2019" is also made possible by Jacadi
Photos: David Heald

This year, student artists at PS 48 explored various meanings of the word connection as it relates to art making. Studen...
04/12/2019

This year, student artists at PS 48 explored various meanings of the word connection as it relates to art making. Students worked with a variety of media while thinking about physical connections between parts of their paper sculptures and how their works might relate to their classmate's pieces. They completed a focused study on Hilma af Klint’s (1862–1944) artwork, and thought similarly about the connections they could find in her work: between symbols, color, line and shapes. For their final project, students created wood and paper relief sculptures which they painted to symbolize their personal connections to the shapes and colors in the sculptures.

The Learning Through Art year has gone by so fast! We cannot believe there is only a month left until "A Year with Child...
03/27/2019

The Learning Through Art year has gone by so fast! We cannot believe there is only a month left until "A Year with Children 2019" opens at the @SolomonRGuggenheimMuseum on April 26. Our Teaching Artists and students are hard at work finishing their pieces for the exhibition, and we are so excited to see how their projects have matured.

Learn more about the exhibition: https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/a-year-with-children-2019

Learning Through Art at the Guggenheim's cover photo
03/27/2019

Learning Through Art at the Guggenheim's cover photo

The third-graders at PS 8 are working closely with their science curriculum to experiment with using balance and motion ...
02/26/2019

The third-graders at PS 8 are working closely with their science curriculum to experiment with using balance and motion to create art! Students learned about artists who use motion in their artwork like @Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection artist, Alexander Calder and have experimented using different types of force like gravity when making paintings using eye droppers. They have also created agamographs where the viewer has to move to see the complete artwork and automata sculptures that having moving parts. They are about to start applying all these lessons to make stable mobiles that will have a stable base with constantly moving parts.

Aligning with their social studies curriculum, the 2nd grade residency at PS 28 in Manhattan is investigating the questi...
02/08/2019

Aligning with their social studies curriculum, the 2nd grade residency at PS 28 in Manhattan is investigating the question, “what makes a neighborhood a community and how is it built?” Students have researched both their own community by going on a neighborhood walk as well as communities around the world by looking at architecture that contributes to defining the culture of that space. Students have responded to these experiences through material explorations with paint, water color and wood building activities. With space for both independent and collaborative work, students will be thinking deeply about what people, places, and things they wish to see in their community and create unique structures made of wood that represent those additions.

The fourth-grade LTA residency at PS 86 has jumped right into exciting art-making projects! With an overarching theme of...
01/22/2019

The fourth-grade LTA residency at PS 86 has jumped right into exciting art-making projects! With an overarching theme of highlighting emotions in relation to colors used in art, students are inspecting works by various artists with special attention to Hilma af Klint, whose work is currently on view at the @SolomonR.GuggenheimMuseum. Through hands-on movement activities and material explorations, sessions will continue to focus on how students can express their emotions through art, thus reinforcing a new curriculum being implemented school-wide

The third-grade students at PS 9 started the year off with a variety of explorations in material and techniques, using c...
01/09/2019

The third-grade students at PS 9 started the year off with a variety of explorations in material and techniques, using collage, pastels, and watercolor. They focused on the automatic drawings of artist Hilma af Klint, her work currently on view at the @SolomonR.GuggenheimMuseum, and incorporated this method as a jumping-off point for their own drawings, allowing their subconscious to guide their choices. As the academic year progresses, the students will begin to explore their community and think about how art can be a tool for empowerment, eventually creating mixed media maps that include proposed interventions for neighborhood improvements.

Last month, @Works and Process at the Guggenheim presented a revival of last year's immersive “Dorrance Dance Rotunda Pr...
12/20/2018

Last month, @Works and Process at the Guggenheim presented a revival of last year's immersive “Dorrance Dance Rotunda Project” for select middle and high school students. This site-specific dance commission made specifically for our Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda, featured percussive dance, audience participation, and tap, and transformed the rotunda into a giant musical instrument through cross-genre percussive movement.

Founded by MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, one of the most sought-after tap dancers of her generation, Dorrance Dance additionally presented an educational demonstration before and after the rotunda performance inside the Peter B. Lewis Theater. The rotunda performance combined with the educational demonstration made for a wonderful way to engage students with dance, providing deep context to a morning of music, movement, and architecture.

Learn more about Works & Process: https://www.guggenheim.org/performance



Photos by Em Watson

The performance and education demonstrations are made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding provided by Jody and John Arnhold

This past week, the LTA team welcomed teaching artists and teachers back to the museum for another workshop, “Learning T...
10/25/2018

This past week, the LTA team welcomed teaching artists and teachers back to the museum for another workshop, “Learning Through Art Residency Planning Days.” Teachers and teaching artists discussed options for the essential questions they will use to guide students' art-making, mapped out the areas of the curriculum they will focus on in classroom visits, and spent time interacting with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's new exhibition, “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future.”

Teachers and teaching artists also spent time in the Studio creating art and discussing their goals for the year. Some of our teaching artists have already begun their classroom visits, but the rest of our teaching artists will be entering the classroom in the next two weeks. We wish them luck on their first days. They are so excited to meet their students and begin!

Learn more about our program: https://gu.gg/2r8EKvM



Photos: Lara Tootleman

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