2nd - 3rd GradeMaking Sense of Art

Available all year

  • Students use the five senses to understand different ways a work of art can communicate a message. The students identify what they are seeing, look at how the artist arranged the work and with the assistance of the docent, understand the story the artwork is telling. 

NYS Learning Standards:

  • The Arts, Standard #1- Creating, Performing and Participating; Standard #2- Knowing and using Arts Materials and Resources and Standard #3- Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
  • ELA Standard #1-Language for Information and Understanding; Standard #2- Language for Literacy Response and Expression; Standard #3- Critical Analysis and Evaluation; Standard #4 Social Interaction

Homework, Hops and Hoops

A Portrait of Childhood in Upstate New York, 1830-1860: Available October through April

* This program is also offered as an Outreach program available throughout the academic year

  • Views of child life at school (Homework), at work (Hops), and at play (Hoops) speak directly to students who easily grasp how their own lives compare with images and accounts of children in Madison, Herkimer, and Oneida Counties during the 30 years leading up to the Civil War. In addition to period paintings and prints, students review local census records, directories, diaries and ads, to better understand the peoples, ideas, activities, and values that comprise the history of this area's past. The extensive use of primary source material, both written and visual, develops and promotes students' observational skills, literacy abilities, critical thinking, and creativity.

    This program is presented as a two-hour, Part I and Part II program. The second hour of Part II poignantly brings the 19th century to life with a visit to Fountain Elms, making connections with the lives of the three daughters of the Munson-Williams family.

NYS Learning Standards:

  • The Arts, Standard #1- Creating, Performing and Participating; Standard #2- Knowing and using Arts Materials and Resources and Standard #3- Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
  • Social Studies Standard #1, History of the US and NYS; Standard #2- World History; Standard #3- Geography 
  • ELA Standard #1- Language for Information and Understanding; Standard #2- Language for Literacy Response and Expression; Standard #3- Critical Analysis and Evaluation; Standard #4 Social Interaction

Victorian Yuletide Exhibition

This annual exhibition opens the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs through the end of December.

  • Each year we offer a different theme based on the popular Yuletide Tours at Fountain Elms. These themes explore 19th century Christmas traditions and celebrations.

     NYS Learning Standards:

  • Social Studies Standard #1, History of the US and NYS

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

Available throughout the academic year

* This program is also offered as an Outreach program available throughout the academic year

  • VTS tours encourage students to read artwork as a primary source document. Evidence based learning is emphasized through a series of questions facilitated by the VTS trained docent with each question demanding deeper investigation requiring the students to defend their observations. Advanced use of VTS skills by students can be applied to viewing maps, charts and reading text.
  • These tours can be customized to your curriculum offering the option of an in-classroom introduction followed by a museum visit presented by a trained docent facilitator.

NYS Learning Standards:

  • The Arts, Standard #1- Creating, Performing and Participating; Standard #2 - Knowing and using Arts Materials and Resources and Standard #3- Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
  • ELA Standard #1-Language for Information and Understanding; Standard #2- Language for Literacy Response and Expression; Standard #3- Critical Analysis and Evaluation; Standard #4 Social Interaction

* See our Educator Events page for teacher VTS workshops