and abilities while addressing Common Core State Standards and the Blueprint
for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts. All programs can be modified for
groups with special needs. All of the elementary school tours listed below include hands-on activities.
Note:Any of the tours described below, except Art on the Road, can be scheduled as a Guided Museum Visit (75 minutes) or as an Extended Museum Visit (2 hours).
SPECIAL EXHIBITION TOURS
Chagall: Love, War, and Exile
September 15, 2013—February 2, 2014
Explore Marc Chagall’s art from the 1930s and 1940s made in response to WWII and his own personal experiences. Learn about Chagall’s artistic style and investigate the relationship between historical events and interpretation.
Elementary school groups focus on the artist’s dreamlike, symbolic imagery and his use of abstraction.
Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective
November 8, 2013—March 30, 2014
Students investigate the process of visual storytelling in the work of Art Spiegelman, one of the most influential living comics artists. The exhibition spans his illustrious career—from his early days in underground comics to his provocative New Yorker covers, to Maus, the tale of his parents’ survival of Auschwitz.
Elementary school groups explore visual storytelling through an exploration of Spiegelman’s comics along with paintings in the permanent exhibition.
ART ON THE ROAD
A Jewish Museum educator will work with individual classes at your school, using artifact replicas, touchable materials and visual images to engage students through discussion, observation and interactive activities.
Archaeology and the Ancient World
Students have the opportunity to handle replicas of ancient clay and metal artifacts to explore the archaeological process and daily life within the context of ancient civilizations.
The Art of the Book
Students grind pigments using a mortar and pestle and examine parchments, reed pens and natural pigments to learn about medieval manuscripts and book production in the Middle Ages.
ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS
Archaeological Dig: Exploring the Ancient World
Students make connections between past and present, discover artifacts from ancient cultures, and learn about excavations in the Museum’s hands-on simulated archaeological dig.
Writing Through Art
By analyzing works of art, students gain insight into how art can inspire creative writing and how writing can be a powerful means of engaging with the visual world. Tours may focus on poetry, narrative, and language development.
Educator Resource: Narrative Art
Objects Tell Stories
By analyzing paintings, photographs, and sculptures, students gain insight into how artists use color and form to convey meaning.
Pre-visit material (PDF)
How does a culture or community retain its sense of identity when sharing environment, technology, art and ideas with other cultures? Students view art and artifacts that reflect the dynamic cultural exchanges between many cultures.
RITUAL AND CEREMONY
Festival of Lights
Explore the role of light in the Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa holidays and view the Museum’s spectacular collection of Hanukkah lamps.
Educator Resource: Jewish Holidays
Examine ritual objects and related paintings to explore how artists merge artistic style with function. Students learn about Jewish culture and ceremonies by considering how these objects are used.
Educator Resource: Jewish Holidays
HISTORY AND GLOBAL STUDIES
Number the Stars
Elementary school students reading Lois Lowry's Number the Stars focus on issues of resistance and hope through an exploration of age-appropriate works in the permanent collection.
Educator Resource: Holocaust
The Immigrant Experience
Why do people move from one country to another and what do they bring with them or leave behind? Through examination and discussion of works of art and artifacts, students consider the personal and communal experience of immigration.
Educator Resource: Immigration
ART: MATERIALS AND PROCESS
Materials in Art
Students view works of art made from various types of materials—from wire to window frames—and consider the choices artists make. In the studio, students experiment with everyday objects to create their own works of art.
The Art of the Book
In this studio-based workshop, students examine parchments, reed pens, and natural sources for pigments used in medieval book production. Students grind natural pigments such as saffron or malachite using a mortar and pestle, illuminate their own artworks with gold leaf, and view original manuscripts in the galleries.
Image credits(top to bottom):
Mortar and Grinder, Israel, 1400-586 B.C.E., Basalt: ground
Mortar: 3 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. Grinder: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.
Marriage Contract, Verona (Italy), 1733, Ink and paint on parchment
29 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. The Jewish Museum, New York, Gift of Isidore M. Cohen
Horse Figurine, Israel, 1000-586 B.C.E., Clay: hand-formed, incised, and fired
3 15/16 x 1 1/2 x 5 15/16 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.
Ken Aptekar, I Hate the Name Kenneth, 1996, Oil on wood with sandblasted glass and bolts, 69 x 120 7/8 x 3 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.
Raphael Soyer, Dancing Lesson, 1926, Oil on canvas
24 x 20 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.
Portion of a Synagogue Wall, Isfahan, 16th century CE, Faience tile mosaic
104 1/2 x 181 x 4 1/2 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.
Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, The Return of the Volunteer from the Wars of Liberation to His Family Still Living in Accordance with Old Customs (Die Heimkehr des Freiwilligen aus den Befreiungskriegen zu den nach alter Sitte lebenden Seinen), 1833-34, Oil on canvas, 34 x 37 in. The Jewish Museum, New York
Matthew McCaslin, Being the Light, 2000, Light bulbs, porcelain light fixtures, metal electrical conduit, switches, and metal receptacle box, 62 x 44 3/4 x 10 1/2 in., The Jewish Museum, New York.
Moshe Zabari, Torah Crown, 1969, Silver: raised and forged; pearls
Height: 13 1/2 in. Diameter: 15 3/8 in. The Jewish Museum, New York.
Michael David, Warsaw, 1980, Pigment and wax on Masonite
63 x 63 in. The Jewish Museum, New York
Maurycy Minkowski, After the Pogrom, c. 1910, Oil on canvas
40 7/8 x 60 in. The Jewish Museum, New York
Larry Rivers, Portrait of Vera List, c. 1965,The Jewish Museum, New York
Gift of Vera G. List, 1984-21
Art © Estate of Larry Rivers/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY