The Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art (LTA) Program is an artist residency program meant to cultivate student creativity by designing sustained, process-oriented art projects that support learning across the curriculum. The program sends experienced teaching artists into New York City public schools, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop and facilitate art projects integrated into the school curriculum. During twenty-week in-school residencies, participating students examine, discuss, and create works of art. Visits to the Guggenheim support the residencies, offering new insights into art and challenging students to think critically about art and ideas.
All PS 8 students in the third grade participate in an LTA residency. Teaching artists and classroom teachers collaborate on residencies to ensure that curricular, social and artistic goals are in consonance. These elements are reviewed every year, and aligned with grade-specific curricula.
Each spring the Guggenheim dedicates an entire gallery to A Year With Children, a show of student work that includes a (very) small sampling of work from all the residencies. 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. Also, every school with an LTA residency creates an in-school exhibition to display student artwork.
Learn more about the Guggenheim’s LTA program at its website; follow the third grade residency on the Guggenheim’s LTA Facebook page; read about projects and curricular links (2011-12; 2012 Guggenheim student art exhibit; 2012-13; 2013 visit by Kurt Pershke; 2013-14; 2014-15; a “day in the life” of the 2015-16 3rd grade residency; 2015-16 3rd and 4th grade projects); and see examples of projects below.