Liberty Arts’ art education program, Explorations, offers students, K-12, a 90-minute visit to our gallery, which includes a docent tour and hands-on art project related to the theme or processes of our current show. Students enjoy learning through anecdotes of the creative process, production techniques and introductory art terms to support later discussion.
Current Exploration project encourages students to create compositions through subtractive ripping of paper, then adding colorful melted wax.
Each session includes independent time in the gallery, before meeting as a group to assess the show. The second half of the session is devoted to guiding students through an art project related to the exhibition theme or processes. Projects this past school year have included pen and ink drawing, watercolor painting, “homage” to Hundertwasser, and experimentation in the Exquisite Corpse process. Curriculum is developed specifically for each show, following the guidelines set through the California State Content Standards for Visual Arts (VAPA).
Students are guided to:
- Understand the historical and cultural contexts of works of art
- Seek and construct meaning through encounters with art
- Create narratives about artworks
- Discover the significance and value of art in their lives
- Create art back in the classroom and reflect upon what they have made.
Liberty Arts gallery has hosted over 4,000 student visits since opening in 2008.