Education at Liberty Arts

Our Education program is an important and vital part of Liberty Arts. We serve our community with our education program, Explorations. The Exploration Program invites students into our gallery for a hand’s on experience and exposure to the art. During the pandemic, when students were not able to visit the gallery, we adapted by developing the We Art Together program. We assembled and distributed hundreds of take-home art projects focusing on our changing exhibits.


Without the generous support of our Members and Donors, our thriving Education Program would not be possible. We are extremely grateful for this generosity:


EXPLORATIONS

Liberty Arts’ art education program, Explorations, offers students, K-12, a 90-minute visit to our gallery, which includes a docent tour and hands-on art project related to the theme or processes of our current show. Students enjoy learning through anecdotes of the creative process, production techniques and introductory art terms to support later discussion.

Available days for class sessions are Monday through Friday, and we offer both morning and afternoon sessions. For more information on scheduling a visit, please email the gallery with “EXPLORATIONS” in the subject (to libertyartsgallery@gmail.com)

Each session includes independent time in the gallery, before meeting as a group to assess the show. The second half of the session is devoted to guiding students through an art project related to the exhibition theme or processes. Projects in past school years have included pen and ink drawing, watercolor painting, “homage” to Hundertwasser, and experimentation in the Exquisite Corpse process. Curriculum is developed specifically for each show, following the guidelines set through the California State Content Standards for Visual Arts (VAPA).

Students are guided to:

  • Understand the historical and cultural contexts of works of art
  • Seek and construct meaning through encounters with art
  • Create narratives about artworks
  • Discover the significance and value of art in their lives
  • Create art back in the classroom and reflect upon what they have made.

Liberty Arts gallery has hosted over 10,000 student visits since opening in 2008.

Schools will be able to sign up for the 2023-24 academic year – please contact the gallery for additional information or to join the school mailing list for notification of upcoming projects and sessions.


WE ART TOGETHER

Throughout COVID19 restrictions, Liberty Arts was able to continue our art education outreach through the creation and distribution of over 1,500 We Art Together binders. Each individual lesson included step-by-step directions and supplies to encourage students to create their own works of art, both in-class or independently through distanced-learning.