6th Grade - High SchoolEnvironment Tour

Please call for tour availability

  • Environmental concerns are prevalent in today’s society but artists have reflected various aspects of these issues for many years. From images of pristine beauty to works that foresee the degradation of that beauty, docents will help the students explore how artists have interpreted both natural and manmade events and their effects on our environment and our lives.

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 #3- Geography 
  • Science Standard #4- Physical Setting and the Living Environment

Mythology Tour

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  • Each Mythology tour can be tailored to the teacher’s preference to focus on Greek and Roman mythology with the option to include other cultural traditions and stories with morals or lessons for the viewer. The use of myths to explain creation, natural phenomena and human nature are explored through art of the 19th century to today. This tour helps define the differences between myth, folklore, fairy tale, legend and fable and offers examples through works in the galleries.

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

Through Their Eyes

Available October through April

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

  • Artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries reveals the lives and viewpoints of people who lived during crucial periods of American History. In art, all details have significance and students are prompted to recognize key evidence that helps them understand conflicting loyalties and motivations in our country’s history. This program covers content from pre-American Revolution to the 1860’s and explores the evolution of ideas such as American independence, slavery and expansion.  Students develop and promote their observation skills, visual literacy, critical thinking, and creativity while working with both visual and written primary source materials.

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.

History in the Making

Tours available October to late November

  • American expansion and engineering is explored through the technology and craftsmanship of 18th and 19th century designers and builders. These innovations resulted in the crafting of an identity as well as a new, independent market. Through primary source materials and documents students will consider the impact of historical events such as the archeological discovery of the ancient city of Pompeii and the building of the Erie Canal.  The program provides students with an understanding of practical major developments in industry and transportation in the US in general and New York State in particular.

 NYS Learning Standards:

  • 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


 

Exploring Museum Careers High School Partnership Program

Students learn about museum careers directly from professional staff. They work together with museum staff on all aspects of producing an exhibition, from object selection to leading tours. Eight meetings are held at the museum, from October to March, on weekdays, from 9am - 1 pm. Students begin by meeting with the museum curators and reviewing objects in the museum’s collection. In subsequent meetings the students meet and work with other museum staff to learn about each person’s career background and role at the museum. The students complete regular assignments and learn about research, writing, publication design, marketing, exhibition layout and installation of the exhibition in the museum gallery, as well as public programs and tours, and developing audio and mobile app interpretation for the exhibition. The students participate in the opening talk for the public and press, which is followed by a reception. Students from all area schools are invited to apply to the program. Acceptance into the program is based on an application, and is competitive. No more than 12 students are accepted into the program. Transportation must be arranged by the school or the student. For information and an application, contact April Oswald: email or 315-797-0000, ext. 2144.