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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This year Learning Through Art put together kits of art materials so all of our student artists can create while learnin...
12/10/2020

This year Learning Through Art put together kits of art materials so all of our student artists can create while learning at school or at home. Here are a few images of LTA teaching artists using the art kits, we can’t wait to see what our student artists create this year!

11/23/2020
Guggenheim Museum

In this workshop series, educators will discover new tools and strategies for integrating art into the online classroom in order to best support different types of learners and provide outlets for creativity, social and emotional learning, and self-expression in the online environment. Join us for our first session on Monday November 30th where we discuss Building Community!

Did you know? Modern artist, Arman, was an involved artist in Learning Through Art. Arman hosted a workshop supported by...
11/13/2020

Did you know? Modern artist, Arman, was an involved artist in Learning Through Art. Arman hosted a workshop supported by Movado, where LTA students were invited to his studio and instructed in painting.

How do you talk about contemporary art? Join us for a deep dive into how contemporary artists are inspired by themes wit...
10/15/2020
The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation

How do you talk about contemporary art? Join us for a deep dive into how contemporary artists are inspired by themes with global, local, and personal relevance. This series of online webinars led by museum educators features contemporary artworks from the Guggenheim Museum’s collection and past exhibitions, as well as artists from the thematic resource Teaching Modern and Contemporary Asian Art.

Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim Museum in NYC, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the renowned permanent collection and special exhibitions.

Excited to share our new virtual tours offerings! K–12 educators are invited to take their students on a virtual tour or...
09/15/2020
Virtual Group Visits | The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation

Excited to share our new virtual tours offerings! K–12 educators are invited to take their students on a virtual tour or sign up for our online programming facilitated by the Guggenheim education team. These online offerings are designed to foster active learning and engage students in careful observation, active making, and the development of language and critical-thinking skills.

Information on group visits, including school tours, of the Guggenheim.

The Guggenheim’s At-Home Art Classes provide moments for socializing, international friendship, and art workshopping! Le...
08/27/2020
How the Guggenheim Is Bringing Art Home | The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation

The Guggenheim’s At-Home Art Classes provide moments for socializing, international friendship, and art workshopping! Learn more about our virtual class offerings, and hear from a repeat participant about her favorite parts of At-Home Art classes. As Sasa, an early fan of the program, noted during a class, “You’ll be able to make an artwork and be inspired by one, even if you can’t see it in person.”

The Guggenheim's At-Home Art Classes provide moments for solace, socializing, and even excitement.

Throwback Thursday: Take a deep dive into the 2014 Learning Through Art Program and see how student participants prepare...
08/13/2020
“The Possibilities Are Endless”—New York City Kids Share Thoughts on Their Art | The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation

Throwback Thursday: Take a deep dive into the 2014 Learning Through Art Program and see how student participants prepared for the opening of their exhibition, A Year with Children. Here, they talk about color, Kandinsky, and where they found the inspiration for their artwork.

Children in the Guggenheim's Learning Through Art program have been preparing for the opening of their exhibition, A Year with Children. Here, they talk about color, Kandinsky, and where they found the inspiration for their artwork.

Do you have an independent art enthusiast at home? Are you looking for a virtual space to create and connect? Join us fo...
07/28/2020
At-Home Art Class with the Guggenheim

Do you have an independent art enthusiast at home? Are you looking for a virtual space to create and connect? Join us for a 45-minute live online session where we will engage with and get inspired by the artwork from the Guggenheim’s collection, special exhibitions, as well as the museum’s own architecture. Focusing on a new theme each week, we will share process-oriented art-making projects during each session to get kids started creating their own art! Participants will be encouraged to continue working independently after the class. All are welcome, including siblings!

Live virtual art-making classes for students in grades K–8. Process-oriented projects will get kids making their own art at home!

Calling all families near and far, join us for a Guggenheim Family Tours at Home or Little Guggs program to interact wit...
07/13/2020
Events – Guggenheim

Calling all families near and far, join us for a Guggenheim Family Tours at Home or Little Guggs program to interact with art as a family even if physically apart. Invite your grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins to a virtual Guggenheim Family program and everyone can enjoy art together!

Beat the heat and help us kick off our summer season of online programs for kids and families with a special live sessio...
06/29/2020
Sketch with Jeff Live Summer Special!

Beat the heat and help us kick off our summer season of online programs for kids and families with a special live session of Sketch with Jeff! This live-streamed event invites artists of all ages to visit Jeff in his studio for a unique peek behind the scenes. Kids can join Jeff as he works in his studio to get inspiration before starting their own sketches at home. You’ll even be able to ask him questions live! Click below to join us for Sketch with Jeff’s live program on July 8th at 11:00am.

Beat the heat and help us as kick off our summer season of online programs for kids and families with a special live session of Sketch with Jeff!

Each year, a class of student artists in New York City and a class of student artists from Learning Through Art at Gugge...
06/17/2020
A Year with Children 2020

Each year, a class of student artists in New York City and a class of student artists from Learning Through Art at Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain participate in a letter and image exchange. The students share everything from the artists they’re studying, to the materials they use, to their favorite music and after-school activities.

This year, 3rd graders at P.S. 48 William G. Wilcox School wrote letters to 5th graders at the San Gabriel Public School in Valle de Trápaga-Trapagaran, Spain. Student artists in Staten Island recounted a unique art-making experience where their teaching artist brought a fish into the LTA classroom; they also learned about stop motion animation by watching videos made by 5th graders at San Gabriel Public School.

Click the link and head to page 198 to read their letter exchanges, and learn more about the student artists’ experiences in both New York and Bilbao.

A multimedia e-book featuring art, video, and audio tracks by students and educators participating in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art.

Learning Through Art at the Guggenheim's cover photo
05/22/2020

Learning Through Art at the Guggenheim's cover photo

Today  “A Year with Children 2020” was launched as a multimedia e-book on our website. As a result of the museum’s tempo...
05/20/2020
A Year with Children 2020

Today “A Year with Children 2020” was launched as a multimedia e-book on our website. As a result of the museum’s temporary closure, this year’s exhibition is taking place in the digital realm featuring over 1,000 examples of student artwork, 52 videos and audio tracks of teaching artists, students, and classroom educators, and snapshots of the program’s residencies and project descriptions. The students embarked on a year-long exploration of processes, materials, and techniques to express their singular artistic visions, incorporating multimodal approaches, including text, music, games, and collaboration. By understanding foundational concepts, students are able to experiment with a wide variety of media to consider essential questions such as “How are we connected to the natural world?” or “How can we tell a story without words?” and develop responses through a process of seeing, dialogue, and creation. The works published are expressions of that process. Congratulations to all the students, educators, and teaching artists involved!

https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/a-year-with-children-2020

A multimedia e-book featuring art, video, and audio tracks by students and educators participating in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art.

While the museum is temporarily closed, LTA has made the switch to virtual tours with our partner schools. LTA staff mem...
05/13/2020

While the museum is temporarily closed, LTA has made the switch to virtual tours with our partner schools. LTA staff member Emmy Goldin recently led a tour for seconder graders from PS 317. Here is her experience:

I was excited to bring the Guggenheim collection to the living rooms, kitchen tables, and bedrooms of NYC public school students. What I didn’t fully anticipate was how students would also share with me. I was introduced to a pet rabbit, able to see younger siblings, favorite stuffed animals, and bowls of cereal—experiences I’ve never had on the Guggenheim’s rotunda floor. For the hour we spent together, students, teachers, and I were transported away from our apartments and homes. We drew together, while looking at shapes, lines, and textures within colorful landscapes with animated animals.

The last work we viewed together was "Yellow Cow" by Franz Marc. As we looked at the painting, I asked students to imagine they were in this place, and asked them how would you feel in this place? One student shared: “I love the cow because he is part lizard, that’s how he became green and yellow. I want to be with the cow-lizard, we could go far away from the pandemic and do push-ups together for exercise.” The class agreed and so did I. We discussed that art is a way to leave where we are and visit another world, just as we can when reading a good book.

This PS 144 3rd grade LTA session began a bit differently: each student found a piece of paper taped onto their desk.  T...
04/10/2020

This PS 144 3rd grade LTA session began a bit differently: each student found a piece of paper taped onto their desk. They mixed a small dot of black paint with white paint to create their own shade of grey for the background of an artwork. Teaching Artist Jeff Hopkins brought in old black and white family photos he ordered on eBay so students could explore images that were familiar but not personal. Students looked through the piles of photos, keeping their eyes open for people, subjects, themes and feelings that were familiar to them. Once a photo was selected, students used a pencil to sketch out the photo onto their grey background. When they were finished drawing, students added final touches and additional details using a fine-point Sharpie marker. Then came the final step: students carefully removed the tape from their desks, which revealed the white border framing their work—the same frame visible on the black and white photos from which the students had drawn their inspiration.

Photos of students at work in the session were taken in black and white to embody the process of replicating black and white photographs.

Our new Guggenheim web series “Sketch with Jeff” has begun! Veteran teaching artist Jeff Hopkins has been with the LTA p...
04/09/2020
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Our new Guggenheim web series “Sketch with Jeff” has begun! Veteran teaching artist Jeff Hopkins has been with the LTA program for over 10 years, and is an amazing sketch artist. Partnering with the Guggenheim’s online programs, Jeff has created illustrative videos highlighting the history of the museum and sharing sketch prompts for viewers to do at home. Check out his first three videos!

#SketchWithJeff is back for Episode 3! ✏️ Follow along with the Guggenheim teaching artist, and don’t forget to share your creations with us. https://gu.gg/3aWTPpU

Attention Parents and Families! We hope everyone is doing well in this challenging time! As you may know, the museum is ...
03/31/2020
At Home Art Class with the Guggenheim - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Attention Parents and Families! We hope everyone is doing well in this challenging time! As you may know, the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19, and our on-site programs have been suspended, but our Education department has piloted a new remote learning program for at home after school art classes. Our amazing educators will teach Zoom art lessons online several times a week, exploring architecture, the museum's permanent collection, and art making prompts, for at home creativity!

Each session will be 45 minutes and geared towards students in 3rd-8th grades. Each session is $25 ($15 for members) and will be designed around materials that most people have at home. Class sessions begin on Monday, March 30th.

For more information or to register, please see the following link: http://ny.guggenheim.org/live-pages/at-home-art-class-with-the-guggenheim-april

PS 86 3rd grade student-artists began the year by learning about algorithms: sets of rules that must be followed when pr...
03/27/2020

PS 86 3rd grade student-artists began the year by learning about algorithms: sets of rules that must be followed when problem-solving and doing calculations. Students used algorithms to connect shapes, and applied their own rules, including “a warm color, and then a cool color,” “big shapes to small shapes,” and “most amounts of sides to least amount of sides.”

After learning how algorithms affected their creative practice, each student created multiples of human figures out of cut-and-folded paper, making sure each figure was similar but varied. Students then clothed their figures with patterned paper while following color algorithms: “one figure dressed in warm colors, and the next figure in cool colors.” Then, students created their own innovative algorithms to explain how their figures would be related in their final artwork. Algorithms included “hand to hand,” “foot to hand,” and “head to foot.” Every figure in the composition had to adhere to the algorithm’s rule.

The museum may be closed, and we had to press pause on Learning Through Art, but we still want to celebrate the many exp...
03/19/2020

The museum may be closed, and we had to press pause on Learning Through Art, but we still want to celebrate the many experiences and achievements of our students. Each week, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a school, its students, and their LTA journey as well as videos and ideas for art making at home!

Third graders at PS 8 began their year thinking about how people and the environment interact. Using a variety of materials, they modified printed satellite views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, and repeated the process on a mirror image, mounting the two pieces together to create a symmetrical exploration of urban landscapes. For an even greater study of the expansion of developed areas, they selected maps from the book Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City by Eric Sanderson, layering them over current maps of the city to imagine life with less human innovation, recognizing the changes people have made to their surroundings.

The students’ close location to Brooklyn Bridge Park allowed them to see firsthand how a park influences an urban environment. They visited the park and talked about their favorite elements of the bridge design, and the ways that the park met the needs of everything and everyone, including humans, plants, animals, and insects.

Second graders at PS 145 in Manhattan have been learning about textures while creating abstract artworks. Students began...
02/19/2020

Second graders at PS 145 in Manhattan have been learning about textures while creating abstract artworks. Students began by looking at Guggenheim collection artist, Mary Bauermeister’s Title 1, focusing specifically on how she used textures that raise up off the surface of her artwork. Next students thought about their own compositions as they selected textured materials, tissue paper, cardboard, foam, collage papers, mesh, and fabrics to glue onto their canvas boards. Finally, students used white paint to cover the entire board, showing the impact of texture now that the white paint covered all of the colorful materials. Students will continue to add textured layers to these boards and when finished they will be on view in our Year with Children exhibition.

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.

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