Art of History 2016-2017
"By working in groups, this series exposed my children to thoughts and ideas from other children. Seeing and touching objects from the museum allowed my younger child to imagine other times in history. The unit on slavery was especially thought-provoking for her-- she still mentions (two years later) the tiny shackles intended for enslaved children." - Homeschool Parent
The Art of History is an innovative program that teaches New York and American history, art history, and the visual arts using tangible historical evidence from the vast collections of New York’s oldest museum. Students will hone their observation and descriptive skills as they create art projects to visually document their history learning. Class topics include Natives and Newcomers: Life in New Amsterdam, The American Revolution, Slavery in New York, Transportation Long Ago, and The Industrial Revolution.
The Art of History
Ages 7 –10*
*Students must be the age required for their specific class by the date of the first class.
Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
$150 per series, $700 if you book all five.*
Series 1: Natives and New Comers: Life in New Amsterdam
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4
Explore what life was like for the Lenape American Indians before the Dutch settled New York. Then examine objects Dutch settlers used in their daily lives to survive in their new home. Students will then create still-life compositions that showcase the value of everyday objects used by the Lenape and Dutch.
Series 2: American Revolution
11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
Explore the dynamic exhibition The Battle of Brooklyn and discover the ways colonists portrayed freedom while learning about New York City’s role in the American Revolution. Using printmaking, students create a composition that represents their interpretations of freedom and national identity.
Series 3: Slavery in New York
1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10
Learn what life was life for enslaved African people by analyzing runaway ads published in New York papers. Then, using collage material, students create individual panels illustrating these personal stories to form a quilt of images and text.
Series 4: Transportation Long Ago
3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
Works of art from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries demonstrate how and why transportation in New York has changed. Students then use collage materials to create vehicles from the past and build a visual timeline of New York City transportation.
Series 5: Industrialization
4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26
Discover how the Industrial Revolution impacted New York at the turn of the 20th century. Inspired by the Tiffany lamps in the new Luce Center, students create mosaics to illustrate the importance of innovations that emerged during this time.
*Note: To guarantee your child’s spot in a class, tuition must be paid in full prior to the first session. To receive the discount for booking all five series, complete payment must be submitted before Series 1.