Museum Makers: Exploring Art and Museums (formerly High School Seminar)
Grades 11–12 or equivalent
The Museum Makers program brings together students with an affinity for art to make friends, conversation, art, meaning, and a community. Museum Makers value creativity, exploration, learning, and affirming and expanding who they can be. The program also explains how museums operate and what they have to offer. Museums come to life when people interact with art and with each other.
This multiple-visit program offers upper-level high school students tools for experiencing, understanding, and interpreting art. Participants will gain an insider’s view of how an art museum works. Sponsoring educators will have an opportunity to mentor a student outside the classroom and connect with other art educators.
As part of a community of like-minded students, Museum Makers participants explore art through observation, sketching, in-gallery group discussions, independent research on a work of art of their choosing, and visual journaling. Participants also learn about the intersection of art, graphic design, and visual communication and create a personal journal incorporating graphic design techniques. Behind-the-scenes visits with museum professionals highlight career possibilities from curating and education to architecture and security. The program culminates with student-led public talks in the galleries and an exhibition of the students’ graphic design projects.
Sessions meet for seven Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Completion of the program requires attendance at all seven sessions. Lunch will be provided.