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Grades K–2
Grades 3–5
Grades 6–8
Grades 9–12 


GRADES K–2

 
The ABCs of Art (45 minutes)

Reading has the ABCs. Art has line, color, shape, and texture. A child learns these basic elements of the visual world to interpret, make evidence-based arguments, and become visually literate. Experiencing these elements in his or her own environment, as well as in works of art, is an important aspect of a child’s early education and will, according to studies, help develop reading readiness. Students will learn these basic building blocks of art and sharpen their observation skills, while being introduced to the stories art tells and the differences between painting, sculpture, and other media. Since most students are visiting the museum for the first time, they will also be introduced to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery as both a museum and an important part of the Western New York community.

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 9a, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading: Foundational Skills 1, 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 5, 6

*Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.


GRADES 3–5

 
Read Me a Picture (One hour)

As your students are becoming more proficient readers, this tour builds on the Kindergarten–grade 2 visit, further sharpening their observation skills and their ability to verbalize responses to works of art, elements necessary for both literacy and critical thinking. Close observation of works of art reveals evidence of an artist’s intention and helps the viewer to interpret meaning just as in literature and informational text. Students will be encouraged to approach works of art based on their own background and experience, play games to practice their observation skills, and discover how diverse artists use different approaches to express themselves. They will be introduced to the information that can be obtained from a museum label as well as different genres of art, such as portraits, landscape, still life, and complete abstraction. 

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6a (5th grade only), 7, 9, 10, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 4a, 5, 6

*Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.


GRADES 6–8

 
Modern Art for a Modern World (One hour)

At this age, students are learning history that enhances their understanding of the present, both in their individual lives as well as in their communities and the world at large. Art is a reflection of that history, and through observing and discussing works of art, students learn not only about the artist and the work itself, but also about the historical, technological, and cultural context in which it was created. This tour focuses on the art of different countries and eras right up to our contemporary world. Students will compare and contrast the many ways works of art reflect the time and place in which they were created and see for themselves how contemporary work reflects our own times.

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 4a, 5, 6
  • Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 3

*Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.


GRADES 9–12

 
Meeting the Artist Halfway (One hour)

(Up to 120 students per time slot)
Students in these grades will be encouraged to interpret what they see and ask critical questions about works of art. They will also discuss the artist’s intention for works on view and discuss major art movements of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. 

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum

  • New York State Learning Standards for the Arts 2, 3, 4
  • College and Career Readiness Core Anchor Standards for Reading 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 (New York only)*
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening 1, 2, 3, 6
  • College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language 1, 4a, 5, 6
  • Social Studies Standards 1, 2, 3

*Please note that artworks are used as informational texts, literature texts, or both, depending on the nature of the artwork; the artist is the author.

The Art'scool program is made possible by a generous grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, KeyBank, the Robert J. & Martha B. Fierle Foundation, Karen and Richard Penfold, the Buffalo Bills Foundation, and Anne Conable.