2021-2022 Book Arts
Museum School Partnership Program
In the 2021-2022 school year, 250 students from 4 schools in the City School Districts of Albany and Troy participated in an interdisciplinary program led by teaching artists and museum educators. Throughout the school year, students kept sketchbooks and took part in observational drawing lessons that encouraged them to reflect upon their everyday life and surroundings in a thoughtful manner. Students built a collection of drawings in their sketchbooks with the guidance of teaching artists in addition to their classroom and art teachers over the course of 6 program sessions. The project culminated with the children selecting their favorite drawings from the program and placing them in portfolio books that they handcrafted along with captions describing their artwork. This final project was completed as part of an on-site museum field trip in which students crafted their portfolio books and toured museum exhibitions.
5 Program Presenters | 5 Virtual Lessons | One Museum Field Trip
Book Arts classroom lessons were led by an archaeologist, a naturalist illustrator, a portraiture artist, and museum educators. Photographs of the student artwork produced in the Book Arts program can be viewed in the galleries below.
The program was led by the museum's Director of Art Programs, Sarah Clowe, Educator Coordinator, Mallory Schultz, and three specialty teaching artists. Teaching artists in the school partnership include:
- Melody Often | Self-Portraiture Lesson
- Matt Kirk of Hartgen Archeological Associates | Drawing from an Archaeological Perspective
- Carol Coogan |Naturalist Drawings