The Davis Gallery at Houghton House is offering a unique opportunity for regional teachers and students. Made possible through the generosity of The Plotkin Foundation (www.tpfnyc.org), the Colleges will cover the cost of busing the students and teachers to and from their schools to the gallery,will provide educational resource materials prior to the visit and will arrange for guided experiences once on campus. Five of the gallery’s exhibitions each year will be open to educators from Finger Lakes area schools.
Teachers and students who schedule a visit to the gallery will be sent a study guide for the show they plan to attend, which can be used prior to and after the visit to the gallery. This study guide will include a critical statement, biography or biographies of the artist(s), a bibliography and color images of works in the exhibition. It will also contain suggestions for pre-visit activities and post-visit activities for the teachers and students to use in their classrooms.
While at the Davis Gallery, the curator and art interns will conduct a tour and question and answer session.
This program will meet several of the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts by introducing students to a local art resource, engaging students and their teachers in art history and criticism, providing an opportunity to respond to and think about art, and promoting literacy through learning to read and write about art.
Tours are available after schools hours and on Saturdays, as well as during regular gallery hours by appointment. Interested teachers are urged to contact Kathryn Vaughn, visual arts curator in the department of art and architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, for further information about the specifics of the program: 315-781-3483.