We thank the Geico Philanthropic Foundation for its generous donation to support the Museum's numerous art education programs. This donation enables The Kreeger Museum to continue to involve thousands of school children in the greater Washington community, including those in underserved schools. This year 88% of the schools participating in our education programs were recipients of Title I funding. We also thank the Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation for generously supporting our Hear Art/See Music program.
All programs are $7/student with the exception of Hear Art/See Music and First Studio ($10/student.)
Title I schools receive discounted tickets - $4/student or $7/student for Hear Art/See Music and First Studio.
Most school programs include a workshop led by a Teaching Artist. School programs without workshops are free of charge.
To learn more about our school programs please contact: David W. Hawkins, Head of Education at email@example.com
Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Adult companion required and art-making attire recommended.
Nature Through Art
Students study landscapes, still lifes and sculpture to discover how artists represent natural forms. Guides discuss compositional structures - foreground, middle ground, background - and students learn that art is a vehicle for expressing personal views of nature.
Seeing Shapes and Colors
Color can be understood logically with the color wheel and the theory of color contrasts. Students examine abstract and figurative paintings and determine why artists use light and dark tones, warm and cool colors, and how color is seen in relation to certain shapes.
Art and Geography
Designed to stimulate student interest in our world, this program focuses on exploring geographic connections through art. Students better understand how material and medium are dictated by where the artist practices. In addition, students leave with a more accurate appreciation of geographic diversity.
Horace Mann Elementary 3rd graders with their masks
Hear Art/See Music
The result of a three-year federally funded project, this program highlights two West African cultures - the Baga and Bamana. Students participate in a drum circle, led by a Teaching Musician and drum on hand-made djembe drums, learning the Kuku, a West African dance rhythm. A Teaching Artist leads a mask-making workshop in which students build their own African masks from wood. The overlap of repetition and patterns in art and music is reinforced throughout this dynamic program.
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The Making of Architecture
Students discuss architect Philip Johnson's design choices ranging from planning to execution. The Kreeger building inspires an investigation of shape, form, flow, light, and context. Students build their own models, taking into account scale.