Suitcase Outreach Program for Schools
Discover history and global cultures through art, craft and design. Learn about the creation, use, and meaning of everyday objects. Create your own work of art.
BGC’s experienced educators are ready to bring exciting learning opportunities in art and culture to your location with our popular Suitcase Outreach Program. In advance or independent of your visit to the BGC Gallery, we will travel to your site to present smaller versions of our exhibitions inside a traveling suitcase. Ideal for K-12 students, after-school library and summer camp audiences, or for adults in senior and community centers, each 1to 2- hour visit includes a talk on one of seven fascinating topics followed by a hands-on exploration with replica objects and a meaningful art-making activity. Suitcase Outreach visits complement the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.
New Suitcases for 2013-2014!
Designing Environments: An Eighteenth-Century Architect’s World
Discover the fanciful furniture, gardens, and buildings created by William Kent, one of England’s greatest designers, then make a drawing of your own chair, garden ornament, or royal boat. Related exhibition: William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain.
Global Inspiration: New York Fashion and Textile Design in the 1920s
Examine Andean weavings, a Native American dress, and other fascinating textiles from the American Museum of Natural History that influenced New York designers in the early twentieth century, then create your own fabric stamp. Related exhibition: An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915–1928.
The following suitcases are available, although the related exhibitions are no longer on view:
Circus in the City
Discover the history of the circus in the Big Apple through vintage costumes, posters, and images of aerialists and fire-eaters. Create a circus postcard for you favorite sideshow act or a wire sculpture inspired by a performer. Related exhibition: Circus in the City: New York, 1793-2010.
Gifts from Our Ancestors: Native American Treasures
Explore the art and material culture of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Learn about talking sticks, cedar-bark basketry, and family crests. Create drawings and stories inspired by baskets and argillite carvings. Related exhibition: Objects of Exchange: Social and Material Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast.
History Through Hats
Learn about the art of millinery, see unusual hat-making tools, and create a personal headpiece inspired by a vintage or contemporary hat. Related exhibition: Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones.
Marvelous Materials: Learn How Things are Made
Investigate the fascinating materials and techniques of the objects that adorned the rooms and residences of Art Nouveau Paris. Create your own materials collage inspired by Georges Hoentschel’s fabulous collection. Related exhibition: Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Radiance of China: Cloisonné from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties
Contemplate the artistry, history, and symbols of cloisonné, a form of colorful metalwork created for temples, imperial palaces, and domestic settings. This suitcase contains cloisonné boxes and bowls, Chinese silks, enamel pigments, and photographs of auspicious symbols. Draw your own good luck symbols inspired by Chinese examples. Related exhibition: Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.
$90 per class (up to 30 participants) within New York City
$160 for two classes (up to 60 participants) within New York City
$75 additional travel fee for sites outside of New York City
Please call us to discuss payment options.
Includes a pre-visit phone consultation with a BGC educator, a 60 to 80 minute on-site presentation, and art materials. Payment is required no later than one week before the visit. Up to two classroom visits per day may be arranged.
Scheduling and Information
For information or to schedule a visit, please call Tracy Grosner, Gallery Outreach Educator, at 212.501.3013 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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