A Year with Children 2009

Selected Works from Learning Through Art

This exhibition showcases artworks by second- through sixth-grade students from 16 public schools throughout New York City. These schools have participated in Learning Through Art (LTA), a 39-year-old pioneering arts education program of the Guggenheim Museum, during the 2008–09 school year.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States.
From Wednesday 13 May 2009 to Sunday 09 August 2009

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Published by Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, NY on Monday 27 April 2009.
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Approximately 200 colorful and imaginative works will be on display, including prints, paintings, sculptures, mobiles, and more.

Program Overview
A Year with Children is an annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA). LTA places professional teaching artists into New York City public elementary schools, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop art projects that allow students to learn art skills and techniques and explore ideas and themes related to the school curriculum. The program encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and ongoing collaborative investigation. Additionally, LTA immerses students in the artistic process, encouraging them to view themselves as artists. Each student is given a sketchbook and an artist’s apron, and throughout the program teaching artists expose students to practices and explorations similar to those with which they themselves engage. Students’ investigations are also inspired by the exhibitions they visit at the Guggenheim during the school year. When viewing art, students participate in inquiry-based discussions encouraging careful observation and interpretation.

Learning Through Art was founded in 1970 by Natalie K. Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. Over the past 39 years, Learning Through Art has served more than 145,000 children and their families, primarily in New York City public schools.

2008–09 School Year
Approximately 1,500 second- through sixth-grade students at 16 public schools participated in 10- or 20-week projects led by 13 Learning Through Art teaching artists, reaching 62 classes in the 2008–09 school year. The participating schools are: in Manhattan, P.S. 28 (Washington Heights), P.S. 42 (Chinatown), P.S. 115 (Washington Heights), P.S. 152 (Inwood), P.S. 153 (Hamilton Heights), P.S. 154 (Harlem), P.S. 184 (Chinatown), P.S. 200 (Hamilton Heights); in the Bronx, P.S. 86 (Kingsbridge); in Staten Island, P.S. 48 (Grasmere); in Queens, P.S. 88 (Ridgewood), P.S. 144 (Forest Hills), P.S. 148 (East Elmhurst); and, in Brooklyn, P.S. 8 (Brooklyn Heights), P.S. 9 (Prospect Heights), P.S. 58 (Cobble Hill).

Exhibition Overview
In the LTA program, students examined topics including community, identity, storytelling, peace, and the environment. While engaged with these themes, students explored a variety of materials, and their works on view will include drawings, prints, photographs, clay and found object sculptures, acrylic and watercolor paintings, assemblage pieces, and collages. A Year With Children 2009: Selected Works from Learning Through Art is organized into four sections, highlighting four ways in which the LTA program creates a unique and transformative experience within the school day. Materials demonstrates how students experiment with various media as a means of expression. Choice reveals the meaningful decisions students make about what to create and how to create it. Knowledge shows how young artists use what they have learned in school to inform and inspire their work. The artworks installed in Collaboration emphasize the power of working together and display how varied points of view impact the creative process.

A Year with Children 2009 is organized by Rebecca Shulman Herz, Senior Education Manager, Learning Through Art, along with Marie Reilly, Associate Manager, and the LTA staff. According to Herz, “the exhibition illuminates the process by which LTA strives to transform classrooms into studios and students into artists.”

According to a participating fifth-grade teacher from P.S. 200 in Manhattan, “This art-based program supports other content areas by opening the students’ eyes and allowing them to think outside of the box. In social studies, they were able to delve into all of the cultures that they were learning about, and to think about what defines and unites those cultures. In math, they related the shapes and the lines from their self-portraits to the angles and figures they were measuring in class.”

For more information about Learning Through Art, please visit www.learningthroughart.org