Thinking Through Art: UPDATE

Liberty High School Academy for Newcomers and P.S. 86 each have unique partnerships with the Rubin Museum–this is their tenth and fourth year, respectively, participating in a museum-school partnership called Thinking Through Art. TTA is an in-depth, multi-session residency program that utilizes the museum’s collections to further illuminate concepts that are being explored in the classroom. Teaching artists from the museum work with classroom teachers to embed explorations of Himalayan art-making techniques, materials, and symbolism in the curriculum as the students work to create a hands-on project throughout the program.

This year, the Liberty High School ESL/ELL students are complementing their English language and visual arts studies by learning about sculpture and animal symbolism in Himalayan art; they are also creating their very own hybrid animals out of papier-māché!

Students working on creating their hybrid animals.

Preliminary drawings for hybrid animals.

Using collage and drawing techniques to consider all aspects of the process.

Student Hybrid Animal Sketch

A Student's Finished Hybrid Animal Collage

The 5th- and 6th-grade students at P.S. 86 in the Bronx have been working with stitching and textile arts in conjunction with their social studies curriculum. Their culminating projects are helping them to explore personal and cultural symbolism while learning about Himalayan printmaking, stitching, and applique techniques!

Guest Artist Sharon Slowik teaching stitches to P.S. 86 students

During their museum visit, P.S. 86 students participated in an art workshop and printed their personal symbols onto flags.

This year’s Thinking Through Art partnerships are coming along splendidly–we will check up again soon!

To learn more about becoming a Thinking Through Art partner, click here. To become an Independent School Partner with the Rubin, click here.


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