Author Archives: Lauren

About Lauren

As School Programs Coordinator my primary role is to run the Thinking Through Art program. I love that I get to be both an educator and an administrator every day!

What is your flag?

In our education programs we facilitate numerous workshops and art activities related to Tibetan Prayer Flags. Visually captivating and imbued with layers of meaning, prayer flags lend themselves to conversations about journeys, symbolism and pattern, among many other topics. Working … Continue reading

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David Bowles and I have a structural column between our desks that we’ve dubbed the “Idea Parking Lot.” It is plastered with sticky notes of project ideas, organizational strategies, and things we want to remember. One of these sticky notes … Continue reading

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Rubin Museum of Art meets Bank Street College (and then some)

  An article in Bank Street College of Education’s online newsletter was recently published highlighting the many Rubin staff members who are students or alumni from Bank Street. The article can be found at this link. Just as the programs … Continue reading

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Zooming In

This semester 7 out of the 8 classes we are working with in the Thinking Through Art program at Liberty High School are doing collaborative projects inspired by the photographic reproductions of the Lukhang Murals, by Thomas Laird and Clint … Continue reading

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Meaning-Making and 21st Century Skills

I just returned from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) convention in Seattle, Washington. After going to 24 sessions on different topics related to art education over the course of 4 days, I’m in that post-conference stage of trying to … Continue reading

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What do you notice?

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to lead a number of Pre-Visit workshops at one of our Thinking Through Art partner schools to prepare students for their upcoming field trip to the museum. We often start a Pre-Visit … Continue reading

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Imagination and play in the classroom

I recently had the opportunity to visit the school I attended from kindergarten through 3rd grade, and to chat (for the first time as an adult) with some of the educators that helped shaped how I engage with the world.  … Continue reading

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past, present, future

When we tell students about Buddha Shakyamuni, we often start with his birth and the subsequent prophecy that he will either be a great warrior or a great religious leader. We tell students his father was a warrior, and that … Continue reading

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Special Guest: Alice S. Kandell

The week before last while viewing the Tibetan Shrine Room, from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, with a group of 6th graders from Shuang Wen School (PS 184) on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, I encountered two well-dressed guests headed in … Continue reading

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Room for Experimentation

For me, designing an art making lesson plan sometimes feels like alchemy, or more appropriately, baking.  If I have all the right ingredients, organized and measured (and sometimes color-coded if I’m  working with more than one class on the same … Continue reading

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