Gallery and studio workshops can be created for educators from a specific school. These workshops introduce teachers to exhibitions and explore strategies for integrating art into classroom curricula. Themes include Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations, Identity, Objects as Primary Sources, Materials in Art and more.
Fees start at $360 for 3 hours with up to 20 teachers. Please call 212.423.3270 for more information.
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Students have the opportunity to handle replicas of ancient clay and metal artifacts to explore the archaeological process and daily life within the context of ancient civilizations.
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In this studio-based workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and the natural resources used to paint and produce medieval books. Students view original manuscripts in the galleries, grind natural pigments such as saffron or malachite using a mortar and pestle, and may illuminate their own artworks with gold leaf.
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Jewish Museum programs for school groups support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and enhance classroom curricula by engaging students with primary sources – in the form of original artworks and artifacts – through close observation, discussion, and interpretation. Below are examples of the ways in which guided museum visits foster skills outlined by the CCSS; these skills are markers of students who are career and college ready.
Jewish Museum educators use inquiry methods to create a forum in which students discuss their interpretations and share their opinions about works of art. Students learn to debate ideas and think critically.
Gallery exercises and studio art projects encourage students to use their imagination, be creative, and hone problem-solving skills.
Build strong content knowledge
By engaging students with art and artifacts spanning thousands of years, Museum visits build on classroom units of study with themes such as Archaeological Dig, Ancient Civilizations, Remembering the Holocaust, and The Immigrant Experience.
Jewish Museum educators consult with classroom teachers to establish connections to classroom curricula, goals, and vocabulary.
Come to understand other perspectives and cultures
The Museum’s permanent collection comprises nearly 30,000 works of art from countries including India, Israel, China, Argentina, and Iran. Students discuss the convergence of cultures and make connections to their own lives through themes such as Cultural Exchange, Art and Identity, Festivals of Light, and The Immigrant Experience.
Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
Students deconstruct how artists use color, line, and symbolic imagery to convey meaning and impact the viewer. They later consider similar artistic choices when creating their own works of art.
Comprehend as well as critique
Museum visits are organized around themes to facilitate access to complex concepts. Students use discussion, writing, and art-making activities to express their own ideas and to construct meaning.
Museum educators encourage students to make observations and develop hypotheses through examination of primary sources (original art and artifacts). Students cite visual evidence during inquiry-based discussions to support interpretations.
Curriculum guides are made possible by a generous grant from the Kekst Family.