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Virtual Gallery Visits for K–12

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To support schools in maintaining safe, healthy learning experiences, we’re offering Virtual Gallery Visits for students, teachers, and families navigating distance learning. Virtual Gallery Visits for K–12 classes, homeschool groups, and learning pods are taught by professional museum educators using artworks from our collections and special exhibitions. Visits are offered on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 am to noon and from 1–2 pm. Learn more about themes for grades K–12.

We look forward to the return of in-person Guided Gallery Visits in the future. Please check back in 2021.

 

What we teach:

We start with the art. The Brooklyn Museum is known for its many collections of various types of art. Our lessons feature artwork connected by themes that span time, geography, and cultures.

We help students build skills and connect with standards. Lessons support Common Core Learning Standards; New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts (Visual Art); and New York State Learning Standards for the Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

 

The way we teach:

We take an anti-oppressive approach. We recognize the effects that cultural and social inequities have had on our society and others, around the world and throughout history. We recognize that oppression takes many forms and that it shapes the histories we are taught, the policies we live by, and the language we use. Taking an anti-oppressive approach means we take special care to use language, research, and images that help students explore works of art with thoughtfulness, empathy, and cultural fluency. We make choices to reduce harm to our community members and expect teachers, students, and families to do the same. Together we can:

  • Speak and listen with care
  • Build community agreements
  • Acknowledge multiple narratives through art
  • Use gender- and racially-inclusive language
  • Share what we know and admit what we don't know
  • Challenge cultural assumptions and expand our understanding of art and culture

We believe less is more. Lessons focus on two to three objects to develop observation skills and critical thinking.

We recognize that people learn differently. We engage students through a range of learning strategies, including open-ended and guided questions, conversation, storytelling, drawing, writing, sensory learning, and movement, to support every learner.

We are a community of learners. Lessons employ inquiry-based approaches, which include discussions between students and adults to foster respect for all individuals, and their perspectives and identities. Together, we create a brave space where all are welcome to learn, listen, and play.

 

Other helpful information:

We have what you need. Lessons are hosted on Zoom by a team of educators who are able to facilitate various modes of student engagement. We will provide students with necessary digital materials for use during guided lessons.

We need to know you’re signing on. All school groups must make advance reservations. Learn more and book your visit.

We are accessible. Closed captioning is provided and lessons in American Sign Language are available upon request.

We support English Language Learners. Bilingual lessons in Spanish or Mandarin are available upon request.

Questions? Email us at youth.tours@brooklynmuseum.org.