This year my class participated in the 3rd Grade Learning Through Art Guggenheim Residency. The focus of our program was “Wayfinders.” “Wayfinders” are objects that help you find your way during a journey.
Throughout the school year, 2 teachers from the Guggenheim would come to work with our class. We imagined what the Wayfinders looked like and then created a picture of them in our notebooks. Then the Guggenheim teachers gave us two pieces of fabric and we copied our Wayfinders onto it. After we drew our Wayfinders, we cut the fabric and sewed the pieces together. We left a small space open to fill them with cotton and then sewed them closed.
We went on three field trips to the Guggenheim and every time we learned something different about art. On the final field trip we went to the “A Year With Children” exhibit. I was so surprised to see my Wayfinder there because only a few pieces from each class were chosen. I felt very happy to see my art there. Thank you PS8 PTA for the Guggenheim Learning Through Art program. I had a very fun time doing it. It was the BEST part of this year.Thank you! – Will, 3rd grader
PS8’s third grade students just completed their exciting artistic residence program, The Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art (LTA) Program. Under the guidance of teaching artist Iviva Olenick, and Learning Through Art volunteers Maria Lerusalimskaya and Lara Kazan third graders were introduced to wayfinding* and asked to investigate their daily travels to and from school and the role senses play in mapping familiar places. Students learned different ways to represent navigation and identify a marker or landmark that they either saw, heard, smelled, or felt on their routes.
After several rounds of drawings in their sketchbooks, trips to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and learning embroidery techniques, students finalized their depictions of their wayfinders and transformed them into stitched and stuffed sculptures, using fabric markers, beads, and buttons to add color and detail.
Once each piece was completed, several of our student’s work was selected to be exhibited in the Guggenheim’s gallery A Year With Children. In the exhibit every participating student’s artwork, including that of all PS 8 third and fourth graders, appears in a slideshow which loops continuously in the gallery. The museum chooses students to act as docents, at least one from each grade. These students attend two training sessions, where they write a speech, practice delivery, and attend the (adults only) opening to speak to funders and other attendees about their work and about the residency experience.
*Wayfinding encompasses all of the ways in which people (and animals) orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place.