Student 12

Vincent van Gogh, Three Pairs of Shoes, 1886-1887, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim

3rd Grade Program

Step Into Art 3rd-grade programs capture the imaginations of young students with learning focused on great works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or highlights of French and American painting from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Each five-part program begins at school with an introductory workshop inviting students to “step into art” in many different ways: through an interactive slide show, drama activities, self-portrait-making, music, and a multisensory game. Emphasizing diverse entry points for learning, our creative, multimodal approach enables all students to participate and thrive. A special visit to the museum – with sketching in the courtyard or galleries – figures at the heart of each program. Students go on to write poetry inspired by art from the Gardner and the MFA. They learn to craft similes, meeting a 3rd-grade curriculum requirement with beautiful results. A celebration at school concludes each program: students proudly share their poetry and self-portraits with their families and the school community.