This exhibition honors the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first Civil War regiments of African American soldiers and who fought the decisive battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863. Featured in the exhibition is Augustus Saint-Gaudens' iconic, life-size memorial to the 54th, considered by many to be one of the finest examples of 19th-century American sculpture. Together with the memorial, various works of art, photographs, letters, and other ephemera detail some of the critical events of this important time in American history and highlight the heroism of the individual soldiers.
High School Studio Workshops
These two-part workshops include an in-depth examination and discussion of works of art in the galleries, followed by a related one-hour studio activity. Workshops are taught by museum educators specially trained for this program, who will encourage students to look carefully at the art and share their reactions, formulate theories based on observations, and make connections between art and life. Students should come to the workshop prepared to participate in group discussion.
Following the gallery discussion, students will create a work of art inspired by the subject matter and techniques encountered on the tour. The studio project will reinforce what students discover during their tour from their point of view as creators.
A minimum of 20 participants is required to reserve a date; up to 25 students may participate in a single workshop. A single school may request no more than two workshop dates.
These cross-curricular workshops are designed for students from varied backgrounds. This year they focus on two special exhibitions. Please indicate which topic(s) you are requesting on the registration form.
In 324 Emperor Constantine moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to Constantinople (Istanbul in modern-day Turkey). The city became the largest and wealthiest in the Christian world, lasting for longer than a millennium before falling to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Participants will see and discuss objects from the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections—among them mosaics, icons, manuscripts, jewelry, and ceramics—dating from the fourth to the sixth century, when Christianity and paganism coexisted.
January 27, 28, 31
February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 18, 19
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Register for High School Studio Workshops
A minimum of 20 participants is required to reserve a date; up to 30 students may participate in a single workshop.
Please address questions to HSStudioWorkshops@nga.gov.
Advanced Art History Workshop
Working in the galleries with specially trained museum educators, students will hone their skills in careful observation, interpretation, and essay writing through a variety of guided activities. Learn more.