The Art Explorers Program is a way to bring works of art into the classroom from the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The program uses reproduction portfolio sets featuring works of art chosen around a theme of particular interest to children from Kindergarten to fifth Grade. The seven selected works represent different times, cultures, and media. This year’s theme is titled “Let’s Celebrate Life” which includes a Kundu Drum, Native American Woman’s Dress and a painting by Paul Signac to name just a few.
The Program is supported by the Parent Connection and is run entirely by volunteers (Art Guides) from the school community. Art Guides help foster an appreciation of art through classroom discussions that are grounded in selected works of art, but also flow from the experiences of the students themselves. Students, teachers, and parents alike learn not only how to interpret a wide array of various mediums, but also learn core visual concepts.
Art Guides prepare their individual presentations, activities, and materials for each session. Each monthly session, which is scheduled with the Lower School Academic Quality Controller, lasts about 45 minutes. In the Spring of 2012, each classroom will participate in a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). This will provide an opportunity to view the actual works of art.
Art guides must attend one 2 1/2 hour training session at the MIA. There are eight sessions available from mid-September through mid-October. There is also an optional classroom tips session on October 26, 2011 at the Edina Community Center. The volunteers will be assigned to their own child’s classroom first, but may be asked to assist with another grade should a need arise. If you are interested in volunteering for Art Explorer, check out the volunteer page.
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