Katonah-Lewisboro fourth-grade students recently returned to the Katonah Museum of Art as part of the Thinking Through Art program.
The interdisciplinary effort, which involves student art and writing, gave students a firsthand look at the museum’s “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” exhibit, which inspired their own work.
“It promotes two things – a positive experience in terms of art and helping students better understand the role art plays in our world, and how you can express your ideas and concepts using art as a vehicle,” said Increase Miller Elementary School Principal Kerry Ford.
During a fall museum visit, students worked with writer-in-residence Pamela Hart to brainstorm language that expressed their responses to the exhibit before heading back to the classroom.
“Each child then selected one piece of the exhibit from which to draw inspiration to develop a piece of writing,” said Meadow Pond Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Theresa Garber. “We chose to create poetry in response to the exhibit.”
At Meadow Pond, art teacher Spencer Eldridge worked with students to create emojis inspired by the exhibit.
The partnership culminated with a second trip to the museum, where students’ emojis were on display.
“Students presented their poetry at a podium at the museum, their inspiration piece displayed on a screen behind them and invited parents to attend the exhibit,” said Hart.