Lesson Descriptions

Ancient Egypt: Art & Culture (Grades 3–8)

Discover the history behind artifacts, funerary objects, sculptures, and two mummies found during late 19th century excavations in Egypt. Students will be challenged to examine objects on display to draw conclusions about daily life and religious beliefs in Ancient Egypt. Art making activities can include making your own cat mummy (suggested grades 3 & 4) or creating funerary figurines called ushabtis (suggested grades 5 and up).

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Traders & Culture (Grades 3–8)

Explore the evolution of New Netherland to New York from first European settlement through the American Revolution. Students will learn about European migration to the colony, interactions between Native Americans and colonists, and the development of a complex society. In the art making activity students will create their own journal similar to those found in the museum’s collections from the colonial period.

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Discovering the Museum (Grades PreK–1)

Introduce young children to the museum as a place to explore and discover works of art and historical objects.  Students will be led on an interactive journey through our galleries making valuable connections between the past and their lives today.

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Art, Artists, & Nature: The Hudson River School (Grades 4–12)

Landscape paintings created by 19th century Hudson River School artists celebrate the majestic beauty of our region. In this program students will learn about the development of national identity, westward expansion, and the beginnings of environmentalism in the United States. The art making activity is a landscape collage inspired by the Hudson River School artists.

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Animals in Art (Grades PreK-3)

A jeweled lion from Tibet? A donkey sculpture that once resided in the Governor's mansion? A portrait of a pet monkey? Animals have been depicted in art throughout history in many different ways using a variety of materials, from paint to metal to wood to glass. Young students will enjoy exploring the museum with hands-on activities and will discover animals in paintings, sculpture, the decorative arts, and other media from around the world. Students will complete an animals inspired art project to take home.