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Bronxville School Students Learn Through Study Of The Arts

Second-grade students learn about abstract art through a Bronxville School program.
Second-grade students learn about abstract art through a Bronxville School program. Photo Credit: Courtesy Melinda Dempsey

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The second-grade teachers at the Bronxville School have teamed up with the Lincoln Center Institute to develop a study of imaginative learning through the arts.

This two-year program encompasses both visual and performing arts and allows students to visit museums and see productions in New York City.

The students then investigate the arts through hands-on, in-school activities with their teachers and Lincoln Center’s visiting teaching artists.

Last spring, as first-graders, the children went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore abstract art. Students examined how artists use lines and shapes in both their individual pallete and their work.

As a final step in this learning process, the children then created their own artwork in the classroom using lines and shapes.

In January, the children will be studying Street Work and The Third Oxherding Picture by Matthew Pokoik. The photographs in the series, Street Work, capture Manhattan’s busy streets as preoccupied pedestrians navigate an urban landscape crowded with sights and sounds demanding their attention.

Jeannine Holzmann, one of the first-grade teachers at the Bronxville School, said, “I think the partnership is extremely beneficial for our children. It gives them an opportunity to look at various pieces of artwork and question why and how an artist chooses line, shape and color in their work as an abstract painter."

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