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Education - Grades K-12

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School Programs

Students participating in these programs learn to look carefully at works of art, talk about them and find meaning in them. Through facilitated discussions that start with open ended questions, students engage in conversations where they incorporate their life experiences, their background knowledge and their analytical skills to the understanding of the work of art.

Programs for students K-12 address the New York Learning Standards and make valuable connections to classroom curriculum in all disciplines.

All programs can be contracted through BOCES (NASSAU and SUFFOLK) and are fully eligible for state aid based on the school districts reimbursement formula.

Look and Talk: A Museum Visit

  • A one hour (60 minutes) docent-led visit to the museum's current exhibition.
  • Fee: $6 per student, teachers and chaperones free
  • Groups: up to 25 students

VTS Visual Thinking Strategies Tours
  • A one hour (60 minutes) docent-led tour where participants experience a learner-centered strategy that builds students' critical thinking, literacy and communication skills while looking at art and engaging in a mediated experience.
  • Fee: $6 per student, teachers and chaperones free
  • Groups: up to 25 students

Look, Talk and Sketch: An In-Depth Museum Visit
  • A one and 1/2 (90 minutes) docent-led visit to the museum's current exhibition with time for sketching and writing in the galleries
  • Fee: $15 per student, teachers and chaperones free
    The fee includes an Educator's Resource Packet (Teacher's Study Guide, Catalogue to exhibition, cd with images, free family passes for students for return visit)
  • Groups: up to 25 students

ArtPartners Program
  • The program is a museum/school collaboration which enriches the education of teachers and students and enhances their knowledge and skills through engagement with the visual arts. Each participating school selects the grade level(s) that will take part in the program. These students visit the museum three times during the school year, each time to view a different exhibition. Tours last one and hour (90 minutes.) The program includes Professional Development workshops prior to each school visit. For each exhibition teachers receive:
  • Educator's Guides with background material and suggested pre and post visit activities
  • CD of images from the exhibition
  • Exhibition catalogues and posters
  • Educator's Pass for unlimited, free entry to the museum
  • Free Family Passes for each student for up to 6 people, encouraging return visits with family members
  • Fee: $40 per student per year.  Program includes all of the above
  • Groups: no limit on number of classes participating in the program.

Museum PALS (Pairing Art and Literacy in Schools)
  • The PALS program is an innovative museum/school collaboration which enriches the education of English language learners (ELLs) and their teachers. The goal of the program is to use visual literacy as a means to develop language. Students and teachers learn, by looking at art, how to decode an image and find meaning in it. The image becomes text, and the same skills needed for literacy are applied to a visual image. Students learn new vocabulary, engage in conversations and get inspiration for writing while looking at original artwork in a museum setting. Students not only build critical thinking skills necessary for reading comprehension, but also collect imagery and cultural references that build background knowledge and improve writing skills.

    Each participating school selects students and teachers that will participate in the program and they visit the museum two times during the school year, each time to view a different exhibition. Teachers participating in the program receive two Professional Development/Orientation sessions before each museum trip. During these sessions teachers preview the exhibition, discuss curriculum connections and pre and post visit activities that will help students develop the vocabulary necessary for their museum visit. Museum Education staff will also train teachers and administrators on how to facilitate a discussion while looking at art and discuss different questioning strategies that can be used when looking at images.

For each exhibition every teacher receives an Educator's Resource Packet that includes:

  • Educator's Guides with background material and suggested pre and post visit activities
  • CD of images from the exhibition
  • Exhibition catalogues and posters
  • Educator's Pass for unlimited, free entry to the museum
  • Free Family Passes for each student for up to 6 people
  • Fee: $40 per student per year. Program includes all of the above
  • Groups: no limit on number of classes participating in the program.

For all inquires call 516-484-9338 x12