Hands-on Experiences that Inspire Curiosity
A group of fourth graders burst into applause when they saw a letter signed by George Washington. A math class from Mount Anthony Union High School found the modern art equally “revolutionary,” as it helped open their awareness to slowing down, looking carefully, and searching for multiple solutions to visual and philosophical problems. A class of elementary school children learned how to “read” paintings and then applied critical thinking skills by selecting and dressing in period costumes matching the painting they had read. Amazing things are happening as we bring students face-to-face with real objects.
Bennington Museum’s school programs complement and support classroom instruction and the Common Core and Vermont Framework standards through close examination of primary sources – objects and art – and by creating engaging hands-on experiences. Our programs support teachers’ goals by sparking curiosity, promoting critical and creative thinking, and encouraging communication among peers. Programs can take place at the museum, through outreach, or with rentable materials for use at schools, libraries, summer camps, and for homeschool groups.