Homeschool Programs

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Our homeschool programs use the museum’s rich collection of authentic works of art to help students understand human experiences throughout history and across cultures. By looking closely and responding to works in the galleries, students learn to reflect on the perspectives of others while developing their own aesthetic and interpretive opinions. We emphasize collaboration among students of various ages, and learning through social interactions to develop students’ curiosity and ability to empathize with others.

Students explore their curiosities through experimental play with ideas, materials, and art-making techniques in gallery and studio projects. Art investigations open avenues for understanding and communicating with others. Each semester, homeschool programs take advantage of the permanent collection and special exhibitions to continually engage students with a variety of opportunities to look, interpret, and respond to authentic works of art.

 


WINTER 2015 HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS (FOR AGES 5–13)

Art and Mythology: Ancient Stories Reimagined (for ages 5-7)
Five Mondays: February 2, February 16, March 2, March 16, and March 30
1-3:30 p.m.
$125 ($110 CMP members) before January 16
$145 ($125 CMP members) after January 16
Note: A $15 fee applies to registrations received after January 30
Register online or by calling 412.622.3288. 


Ancient Greek and Roman history has influenced many aspects of our modern culture including art, literature, and architecture. In Art and Mythology, students learn about legends from antiquity and architectural styles 
that have stood the test of time. Students create clay relief sculptures inspired by stories depicted on the museum’s model of the Parthenon and related objects. Then, they’ll bring these ideas into the present day, making costumes and props that represent gods and goddesses of their own creation. At the end of the semester, students perform these interpretations of mythological tales for family and friends in the Hall of Architecture. 

 
Form and Function: Think Like a Designer! (for ages 8–10)
Five Mondays: February 2, February 16, March 2, March 16, and March 30
1–3:30 p.m.
$125 ($110 CMP members) before January 16
$145 ($125 CMP members) after January 16
Note: A $15 fee applies to registrations received after January 30
Register online or by calling 412.622.3288.

Design is an exercise in problem solving. In Form and Function students investigate relationships between appearance and use—whether a chair or a teapot—in past and present cultures. Take it further! Given a set of 
parameters, students collaborate to build prototypes for inventive furniture and home-ware designs of the future. Think like a designer! Students participate in each stage of the design process to develop solutions for problems by investigating our collection of decorative arts objects.


Architecture: Problem Solving through Design (for ages 11–13)
Five Mondays: February 2, February 16, March 2, March 16, and March 30
1–3:30 p.m.
$125 ($110 CMP members) before January 16
$145 ($125 CMP members) after January 16
Note: A $15 fee applies to registrations received after January 30
Register online or by calling 412.622.3288.

Architects design our everyday environments, affecting how we live, work, and play. Designing a community is an exercise in troubleshooting and problem-solving. Taking inspiration from Sketch to Structure, students 
practice drawing and sketching techniques, translating rough ideas into designs and models. Think like an architect and practice drawing elevations, building sections, and floor plans, just like a professional. Put it all together in a final project combining different designs to explore communities, and the ways buildings integrate and work together.   

 

Questions?Email Laurie Barnes, Program Coordinator, School Studios Programs.