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December 18th, 2013

Horizons on the Hudson Partners with Storm King Art Center

Last month, over 200 Horizons on the Hudson International Baccalaureate School students in kindergarten through second grade and dozens of their parents visited Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. As a result of collaborative conversations that began over the summer, Storm King Art Center and Horizons on the Hudson International Baccalaureate World School have developed a partnership that has already proven to inspire students to write.

Over the summer, Storm King Art Center’s Director of Education and Public Programs Victoria Lichtendorf jump started this partnership with seven Horizons on the Hudson teachers receiving professional development in the area of visual thinking strategies and facilitating discussions around sculpture to motivate students to write. After the two-day professional development, careful planning began between Storm King Art Center and the school to provide “pre-visits” to classrooms. Storm King Educators used PowerPoint presentations with images of the facility to spark discussions to prepare students for their visit.

While at Storm King, students were given an educational tram tour along with being provided with docents for group facilitated analytical discussions while also immersing in rich vocabulary. The students then picnicked, completed a 2D-3D sculptural activity, and returned to school to reflect upon this experience. On October 30, third through fifth grades visited and experienced a similar and equally rich experience.

In the weeks since the visit, students continue to make connections to their experience as they refer to the sculptures using terms from their visit and continue connecting ideas to Common Core curriculum experiences in the classroom. Students have gone on to research various artists through biographies, locate countries of where sculptural pieces were inspired using maps and globes, as well as connecting their experiences to math through measurement, scale, and estimation. Teachers involved in the program state that they hope to take students back in the spring in the hope of see the changing environment and new exhibits.

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