Learning Through Art

Learning Through Art


More Than 4,000 Schoolchildren from New York Metropolitan Area, Mexico, Spain, and Italy Participate

A Year With Children, an annual exhibition organized by Learning Through Art/The Guggenheim Museum Children's Program (LTA), opens to the public May 28 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street). It will be on view through June 20. The exhibition presents selected artwork and writing created by elementary school students from approximately 60 classes in New York City's five boroughs and New Jersey, and from LTA partnership programs in Mexico City; Padua, Italy; Bilbao, Spain; and Monroe, Louisiana. More than 850 colorful, creative and often enchanting works will be on display. This year's exhibition includes three-dimensional constructions, murals, paintings, quilts, masks, puppets, photographs, and video and computer arts.

This exhibition is sponsored by Warner Bros.

A Year With Children was organized by Marilyn JS Goodman, Ed.D., Director of Education at the Guggenheim Museum. "The works in this exhibition are very sophisticated, both in terms of the conceptual links to the basic subjects of the curriculum and in terms of the execution of the projects themselves," she noted.

Among the projects on display are:

* approximately 60 life-size puppets created by students at PS 126 in the South Bronx for a social studies curriculum on folklore and costumes
* a giant patterned butterfly, whose body and wings are filled with intricate patterns of colored squares and small insects, created by students from Trenton Community Charter School in New Jersey
* a 6 x 12' red felt mural comprised of individually embroidered inventions, including "a machine that does homework," created by students in a fifth-grade class from PS 148 in Queens
* delicate wall hangings from students at the Republica de Dahomey School in Mexico City which depict elements of the human anatomy
* colorful globes representing the healthy planet and the unhealthy planet, created by second-graders studying ecology from the Luis Pasteur School in Mexico.

Learning Through Art/The Guggenheim Museum Children's Program motivates schoolchildren to improve their basic academic, communication, and critical-thinking skills through innovative multidisciplinary arts education programs. Classroom teachers, teaching artists, and museum educators collaborate to design long-term, curriculum-based programs that develop self-esteem, teach specific skills, and inspire enthusiasm for learning. Since its inception, the program has reached over 120,000 schoolchildren in grades K through eight, and today serves more than 4,000 students annually.

This year marks the 29th anniversary of LTA programs in New York metropolitan-area schools. The program was founded in 1970 by the late Natalie K. Lieberman in response to drastic cuts in funds for elementary arts education from the New York City schools' budget.

May 13, 1999

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Telephone: (212) 423-3840
Telefax: (212) 423-3787
E-mail: bennis@guggenheim.org

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