School in the Square Visits the MOMA

School in the Square Visits the MOMA
Posted on 11/04/2016
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School in the Square is extremely pleased to be the only middle school in the city to have a partnership with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)! This experience entailed a three part program for all students. Museum educators conducted pre- and post-class visits around our trip to the MOMA.  MOMA's educators collaborated with our Humanities team to deepen our work already taking place in the classroom around the idea of identity, by analyzing paintings by artists like Frida Kahlo for elements of the artists' identities.

During our exciting field trip to the MOMA both students and teachers enjoyed a specially curated tour of paintings that addressed the theme of identity. Students looked at paintings and were asked to think about how the artists' choices alluded to the artists’ identities. Students made some interesting and astute observations about the paintings, noticing how even the colors chosen can be an intentional representation of an idea or emotion. For example, in Chagall’s painting I and the Village students remarked how the prominent green face might represent evil, or perhaps envy or jealousy.

At the museum, students sat in the galleries and created their own sketches representing their identities. It was a fascinating experience for students to sit amongst great art and create their own work. The students have continued to explore and create works of art with the MOMA educators when they visit the school. They have also continued to look at artwork in their ELA and Social Studies classes using the analytical skills they obtained during their MOMA visit. The entire school will be repeating the process next fall.  For pictures of the MOMA trip and the students’ artwork, please visit our
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