Learning Through Art teaching artists partner with classroom teachers in each of the city’s five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum. The works on view are selected projects by student artists in grades two through six who worked throughout the year to explore materials and techniques, develop personal sketchbooks, and express their unique perspectives. Classroom teachers and teaching artists used “essential questions” such as “Where do new ideas come from?” and “How do our small actions result in big changes?” to guide the yearlong curriculum. These questions, linked to themes that were personally meaningful to students, were explored by looking at and making art.
Learning Through Art considers the classroom a learning lab where the power of arts integration and creative thinking can encourage the production of inspiring and technically impressive works of student art. Teaching artists used multimodal approaches, incorporating text, music, games, and collaboration, to teach process and technique. By understanding the foundations of art, students were able to explore a wide variety of artistic media both traditional and experimental.