Book Arts School Partnership

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:

Click on the images below to view the individual school galleries.

Drawing Inspiration

Wondering what these drawings are of?

In one of our Book Arts lessons, students drew their own versions of museum collection pieces.  You may recognize the dog in many student drawings from Susan Stewart's 1991 painting, Leashed: Panel 1, Dog Series 2

Drawing Inspiration | Student Drawings of Leashed Dog Collections Painting

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Book Arts school partnership program is partially funded by NYSCA and is also supported by the

Carl E. Touhey Foundation.