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School tours at The Jewish Museum engage students in grades K-12 with original works of art through inquiry-based discussion and activities. Book a school tour now for 2013 and examine medieval illuminated manuscripts, ancient artifacts, contemporary sculptures and more!

Special Exhibition Tours
Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries

The Art of the Book
Through February 3, 2013
Grades 3-12

Examine exquisitely illuminated medieval manuscripts in Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries

  • Focus on book production, life in the Middle Ages, the art of illumination or cultural exchange.
  • Handle materials used to make manuscripts such as parchment, gold leaf, reed pens and natural pigments.
  • Classes booking 2-hour Tour + Art Workshops grind pigments from saffron, dragon's blood and malachite and create their own initial letters using paint and gold leaf.

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Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol

Multi-Media: Materials, Movement and Process
Through March 24, 2013
Grades 3-12

Experience the large-scale, five-channel, photographic series and vibrant wall carpets in Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol. In this exhibition Los Angeles-based artist Sharon Lockhart engages the work of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol (1924-2007), exploring movement, time and artistic practice.

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Thematic School Tours

Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations
Grades K-12

Utilize ancient artifacts as primary sources in your study of early civilizations. Elementary students participate in the only simulated archaeological dig in New York City; middle and high school groups focus on daily life and societal change.

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Online Resources
Crossing Borders

Online Resources for Teachers

Don't have the opportunity to bring your students to the exhibition Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries? Find background information, vocabulary and suggested classroom activities related to the Middle Ages, manuscript production and the Bodleian Libraries here >

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Image credit: School tour in Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World), The Jewish Museum, New York, 2011./ Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries is based on Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting place of Cultures, organized by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, UK. Installation view of Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries, The Jewish Museum, New York, 2012. Photo: David Heald/ Installation view of Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol exhibition at The Jewish Museum, New York City. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Photo by Alex Slade./ Hebrew Bible, scribe and artist: Joshua ibn Gaon of Soria, Soria or Tudela, Spain, c. 1300. Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, MS. Kennicott 2, fol. 14b