This week, School 14 welcomed visitors from The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College to teach 2nd Grade students some “visual thinking strategies.”
Museum Educators Naomi Meyer and Caroline DeClercq introduced students to the work of Nigerian artist, Victor Ekpuk. Students were asked to describe what they believed they were looking at and why they felt that way.
Visual thinking strategies help children and adults learn about art. They also help students develop reading and writing skills as they are required to express themselves and provide evidence of their thinking. In this way, students take ownership of their own learning and discovery.
Students also created their own artwork based on the work of Ekpuk. They then shared their work with their classmates who provided their own positive critiques.
The Tang Museum offers free children’s programs and tours on Saturdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Please visit https://tang.skidmore.edu/ for details.