Education Programs for Students(all programs are $7/student with the exception of Hear Art/See Music, which is $10/student)
Grades: pre-K through 1st
Docent Toby Kahn leads a
Listen–Explore–Make! The art and architecture of The Kreeger Museum brought to life with stories, old and new. As the stories unfold, the young visitors will also learn about primary elements of art as line, shape, and color.
Please note: A workshop activity is offered by the StoryTime leader.
Docent Helen Chason
discusses a Mondrian
landscape during a nature tour.
Nature Through ArtGrades: 2nd through 5th
A thematic tour that invites students to look at landscapes and still lifes with the purpose of discovering how artists draw or paint natural forms and depict the larger context—nature as wilderness or nature controlled by man. Students will study decisions on compositional structures, such as foreground, middle ground, background and will learn that art is a vehicle for expressing personal views of nature.
Auguste Rodin, Mercury
Bronze, with base
Understanding the Human Figure
Grades: 4th through 7th
Based on the Kreeger’s diverse collection of African, Asian, and Western art, this tour gives students the opportunity to study the different purposes of figurative art. They will learn to distinguish a realistic likeness (portrait) from images made for veneration (religious statues), ritual performances (masks), and
remembrance (memorials). Students will also discover how artists paint, carve or model the figure to make visible abstract concepts or ideas.
Wassily Kandinsky, Contrasts,
1937. Gouache on gray paper
Seeing Shapes and ColorsGrades: 4th through 8th
More than anything else, color appears to define painting. Likely to producing a wide range of emotional effects, color has a grammar and may be understood logically with the color wheel and the theory of color contrasts. Students examine abstract and figurative paintings and are asked to determine why artists use light and dark tones, warm and cool colors, and primaries, secondaries, and complementaries.
The Making of Architecture
Grades: 6th through 8th
Students create a building model during an
architecture tour. Photo by Erich Keel
Completed in 1967, the Kreeger house was designed by Philip Johnson for Mr. and Mrs. Kreeger to serve as their residence, private art gallery, and recital hall. In 1994 the house opened to the public as an art museum. During this visit, students learn important choices an architect has to make in terms of shape, form, flow, light, and context if the design is to meet the client’s demands.
Drummer Kristen Arant leads a drum circle during a
Hear Art/See Music tour. Photo by Antonia Valdes-
Hear Art/See MusicGrades: 5th through 8th
The result of a three-year federally funded project, this museum program was developed for students with different learning styles. In place of stressing verbal interpretations, students search for shared qualities in the visual arts and music, such as colors and timbre (tone color), and rhythm and pattern. In the galleries, students play music to selected paintings or African masks; in the workshop they draw in response to selected pieces of music.