Volunteer Highlight | Vania

on January 30, 2018 Comments Off on Volunteer Highlight | Vania

by Lauren Instenes, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer Program Coordinator

Vania started volunteering with P.S. ARTS in 2016 and has become an amazingly reliable volunteer whose presence and positivity brightens every event she works with. Since joining our team of volunteers, Vania has volunteered at in a variety of roles from lending a helping hand at Family Art Nights to being a valued assistant to our Teaching Artists in theater and visual arts classes in the Lawndale School District. The Teaching Artists from these classes are very appreciative of what Vania brings to the classroom.

“Vania is a very sweet soul, generous to the point of selflessness, upbeat and steady. She easily interacts with all the students and has a special place in her heart for the kinders. I feel lucky to have her!!”
– June Edmonds, Teaching Artist

“Vania is an incredible asset to the theater classroom. Her dedication, commitment, and helpfulness are priceless. When doing classroom activities she is able to assist and support learners in just the right way. I have a Spanish speaking child in one of the classrooms, and Vania has supported this learner’s growth by translating important pieces of information, and you can see that this has eased the learner tremendously. The classes are getting twice the amount of work done because of her presence. It is great to have Vania as a volunteer, and I appreciate her so much.”

-Tinia Orduña, Teaching Artist

Vania is an amazing asset to our volunteer program, and we are so grateful for her continued support! Thank you, Vania!

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Volunteer Highlight | Frank Wutts

on December 5, 2017 Comments Off on Volunteer Highlight | Frank Wutts

by Lauren Instenes, AmeriCorps VISTA, Volunteer Program Coordinator

For International Volunteer Appreciation Day this year, P.S. ARTS would like to highlight Frank Wutts who started volunteering with us during the 2015/16 school year. He started by coming to our Family Art Nights in the Lawndale area, and this year he also started serving in a visual arts classroom at Mark Twain Elementary.

“I have been very fortunate to have Frank as a volunteer in my art classes and I cannot praise him enough!”

“He is everything that you would want in a volunteer. Frank is dependable and punctual, and he arrives ready to do whatever it takes to be as helpful as possible. He washes brushes (without a sink in my classroom this makes him particularly valuable!), helps set up and pass out supplies at that crucial moment when there is little time between classes, and assists with keeping students on track with gentle reminders during art-making activities. Very quickly, Frank knew what to do without me having to tell him (he knew just when to pass out paper or glue sticks or guide students to the painting table) which is a tremendous plus. He even donated wood scraps for one of our art projects. Students quickly began to appreciate Frank’s presence and expressed missing him one day when he couldn’t be in class. Frank’s creativity and science mindedness, along with his commitment and genuine altruistic spirit, combine to make him a most awesome volunteer!”

-Wanda Boudreaux, Teaching Artist

We had a chance to talk with Frank about why he loves volunteering with P.S. ARTS:

What motivates you to volunteer for P.S. ARTS?

I was motivated to get involved with P.S. ARTS because I saw students’ work hanging on the walls of another school that I was doing a reading program at and was very impressed with the quality and expressiveness of the work. I could tell that they have a well thought out curriculum and hired well-qualified teachers. I don’t remember having any arts education when I was in school and feel kind of jealous. We just had coloring books and the like but we never learned the elements of art or different styles of art. I love that the kids can produce successful pieces and have fun and freedom when doing so.

Can you share a memorable moment you had while volunteering with P.S. ARTS?

I always enjoy it when I see a student’s light come on and say, “I get it” after I’ve explained something or shown them something.

Thank you Frank for your dedication and commitment to arts education and P.S. ARTS! If you are looking for ways to volunteer with us, visit psarts.org/volunteer for more info. Happy International Volunteer Day!

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Matisse 101: Society6 Artist Residency at Whaley Middle School

on November 7, 2017 Comments Off on Matisse 101: Society6 Artist Residency at Whaley Middle School

by Nada Alic with Society6

A couple of weeks ago, the Society6 team went down to Whaley Middle School in Compton to host a week-long artist residency in collaboration with P.S. ARTS.

Many of us at Society6 had some of our first experiences learning about and making art in school, and it was the first opportunity we had to really become inspired to work in the arts and become artists ourselves. So we asked S6 artist and illustrator Tallulah Fontaine to join us by hosting a week-long class for the students of Whaley Middle School.

Tallulah took the class through a Matisse 101 crash course, paying homage to the famous artist and his popular cut-out shapes by having the students create Matisse-inspired pieces of their own. Each student chose two subjects, the first slowly morphing into the second over a series of different images.

Whaley Middle School students work on Society6 project

It was awesome to see what some of the students came up with; girls’ faces turned into mountains and pizzas turned into skulls. We were totally blown away by the talent at Whaley Middle School and the kindness and openness of the staff and teachers who welcomed us in for the week.

 Tallulah Fontaine

As a special thanks to the students, we had each of them select a product for their artwork to be printed on so that they could take their art home with them, either on a shirt or a tote or a framed print. Huge shout out to the P.S. ARTS team for helping us put this mini program together and big thanks to the staff and students at Whaley Middle School.

If you want to see what the students came up with you can check out their shop and purchase a future-Matisse of your very own; all proceeds will support P.S. ARTS. Click here to see more of the students’ work!

Society6 staff outside Whaley Middle School
Photos by: Jonathan Chu

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2017 Getty Arts Summit

on August 8, 2017 Comments Off on 2017 Getty Arts Summit

By Education & Media Intern Yesenia Perez

2017 Getty Arts Summit - Can you spot me on the right?

On Monday, July 10th, I visited the Getty Arts Center for my first time. There I met over 100 other Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Interns, representing more than 90 Los Angeles-area museums and visual arts organizations, all of us eager to begin our day at the 2017 Getty Arts Summit.

2017 Getty Arts Summit  Exterior view of The Getty Center

After sharing introductions over coffee and pastries in the courtyard, we moved inside the Getty Museum Lecture Hall where Cynthia Querio, The Getty Foundation Program Assistant, welcomed us to the space. Ms. Querio gave a brief overlook at the exciting things underway through the Getty Foundation including Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the upcoming collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California highlighting Latin American and Latino art.

2017 Getty Arts Summit(c) 2017 J. Paul Getty Trust

Betty Avila, Associate Director of Self-Help Graphics, delivered the keynote address in which she weaved together an authentic and honest reflection of her own personal journey with counsel for emerging leaders, seamlessly touching upon the complicated politics of gentrification and art and exploring the evolving landscape of arts leadership. Drawing from her own experience and position at Self-Help Graphics, she underscored the importance of career mentorship whilst emphasizing the necessity for women of color to boldly and unapologetically take up leadership roles in the art world.

Following the keynote address, we participated in breakout sessions led by fourteen professionals working in a variety of careers with Los Angeles art organizations and institutions. I attended the “Civic Engagement and Art Education” session with Sandy Rodriguez, an artist and independent educator; “Artists and Community Partnerships” with Shelby Williams-Gonzalez, Development and Communications Director of artworkxLA; “Communicating the Arts” with Kimberly Kandel, Communications Coordinator for the Ford Theatres in Hollywood; and “Learning from Exhibitions” with Jamillah James, Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. As my passions lie at the intersection of art, education, and social change, I found the interactive dialogue with Sandy Rodriguez particularly relevant and affirming, while hearing from Shelby Williams-Gonzalez about her work with artworxLA happened to harmoniously align with my forthcoming senior thesis, which will center the creative arts as a space to negotiate identity, construct multiple forms of knowledge and capital, and disrupt the school to prison pipeline. These conversations were also great spaces for me to learn about what other interns were up to and in what exciting and unexpected ways our interests overlapped.

2017 Getty Arts SummitMs. Querio leading us through Eyewitness Views!

By this point in the afternoon our hunger was satiated by the delicious sandwiches we enjoyed with our Learning Hubs during lunch. Learning Hubs are regional cohorts of around fifteen to twenty MUI interns, each with a group leader who is a full-time employee at one of the participating organizations. Westside Hub #6 is led by our own Gaby Hernandez, who organized an outing to The Museum of Jurassic Technology and The Wende Museum a few weeks earlier. It was fun to reconnect with my fellow Hub members while taking a walk through Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, though the sweltering heat quickly forced us to retreat back inside for air conditioning. We wrapped up the afternoon with gallery and department tours; I had the privilege of touring Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth Century Europe and Berlin/Los Angeles: Space For Music.

My day at the Getty solidified my interest in working in the arts and most importantly, broadened the scope of abundant opportunities that are available by introducing me to a diverse range of individuals working at multiple levels to transform communities and society.

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Grand View Arts Festival 2017

on April 28, 2017 Comments Off on Grand View Arts Festival 2017

by Program Manager, Jaime Reichner

Last Friday, volunteers from Snap, Inc. joined P.S. ARTS staff at Grand View Blvd. Elementary for our annual Arts Festival. Excited students made their way through a series of booths, which included six visual arts activities and a drumming circle.

P.S. ARTS launched the festival a few years ago as an opportunity to celebrate the inclusive school culture at Grand View.  Students from both general education and special education classes all participate side-by-side, as they do in Ms. Tamie’s visual arts classes. Our beloved music teaching artist Marwan Mograbi led students and teachers in a drumming workshop, which provided a fun and festive background to the afternoon’s event.

With more than 700 students cycling through the event, it was most definitely a group effort.  Our amazing Program Assistant, Oscar Navarrete, made sure everything went smoothly as staff and volunteers helped to lead students through projects based on masterworks by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Louise Bourgeouis. The students had a fantastic time and proudly displayed their artwork.  Grand View teachers also commented on how much the students enjoyed the event and what a treat it was to experience so many creative projects.

Mask project, inspired by Picasso!

Associate Program Director Lora Cawelti helping set-up.

CEO Kristi Paglia leading students in a chalk art project.

Program Coordinator Gaby Hernandez prepping the Tie-Dye butterfly booth.

Deputy Director Elda Pineda and Program Assistant Oscar Navarrete made sure every student received a P.S. ARTS tote bag to collect their finished artwork.

Event Coordinator Clarissa Hampton showing off her Picasso mask.

Development Manager Allison Schaub assisting young artists with their Tie-Dye Butterflies.

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Art Exchange: Los Angeles – Atlanta

on April 26, 2017 Comments Off on Art Exchange: Los Angeles – Atlanta

by Teaching Artist, Malena Alzu

P.S. ARTS Teaching Artist Malena Alzu discusses an art exchange partnership she initiated with New American Pathways where her students created art that will be sent to Syrian refugee students living in Atlanta.

They’re done! I just mailed a bundle of unfinished art work made by a group of second graders from Los Angeles to Atlanta!!! Each piece is meant to be finished by a pen pal from a group of Syrian refugee students who are living in Atlanta. Our students also included letters that were written with such care that I wanted to handle them with doctor gloves!

The activity is based on the lesson “Butterfly in Symmetry,” developed by another P.S. ARTS Teaching Artist, Leah Padow. The curriculum highlights the concepts of courage, refuge, and protection. In this lesson, students identify aspects related to line, color, symmetry, and pattern and internalize that knowledge to create an art piece.


The first day, the students created a butterfly inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s work, using colored paper, tempera and q-tips. They discussed the elements Kusama used in her work and explored the concept of symmetry as it relate to butterflies and other things found in nature.

The students then created the background for their butterflies using colored paper, oil pastels, and toothpicks. We explored the book Migrant by Maxine Trottier and Isabelle Arsenault. We talked about what Monarch butterflies achieve to find a safe place, what they need to make a home for themselves, and what human beings need to feel at home. We used what we have learned so far (dots, circles, and different kind of lines) to draw a perfect home for our butterflies: a garden full of flowers!

The final step in the lesson was a letter, which students wrote for their pen pals. With their classroom teacher, they discussed who their pen pal students are, where they live, and where they come from. I collected the letters and attached them to the back of each piece with the artist’s photograph.

Now, we just have to wait for the works to fly back and forth… What will our pen pals do? What will they send? What will they feel?


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Inside Out Theater Field Trip Spring 2017

on March 30, 2017 Comments Off on Inside Out Theater Field Trip Spring 2017

by IOCA Program Coordinator, KT Leuterio

This month, I had the great opportunity to join the Inside Out Community Arts students as they took part in the first of three major events that are a part of the 18-week program. Students from John Adams Middle School and Whaley Middle School attended our Theatre Field Trip, which included lunch in the Vista Hermosa Natural Park followed by a visit to The Mark Taper Forum to see Zoot Suit. We all enjoyed a day of bonding, games, and theatre!

We started off our day at Vista Hermosa Natural Park, where students from each school had a chance to mingle and play theatre games. Courage is one of the three major values that Inside Out students learn about and practice throughout the session, and this event was the perfect chance to be courageous and make new friends with students from another school. The students certainly started off a little shy and quiet at 10 o’clock in the morning, but soon warmed up once the sun came out from behind the clouds and after a few games.

Next, the students played a game we call the Tableau Challenge. In our past workshops, Inside Out students learn about a “tableau,” which is a frozen moment in time, often capturing an important moment onstage. In groups, students raced to unscramble several vocabulary words, received costume and prop pieces, and created a tableau using their collective imaginations based on characters and themes of Zoot Suit. Each group presented their creations, which ranged from tableaus entitled “The Diamond Dress,” and “The Quinceanera.” It was a really fun activity that showcased their creativity and collaboration!

After these activities, excitement began to build for the upcoming performance. After a quick lunch, students quickly boarded their buses and headed off to the Mark Taper Forum to see Zoot Suit!

The performance was incredible. It was everything I was expecting and more! It was filled with drama and humor, and was such a dynamic and relevant piece of work to see revived in 2017. The Inside Out students were engaged and thoughtful throughout the performance– it was quite a delight to hear the students laugh, gasp, and react while watching Zoot Suit. As we walked out of the theatre, I overheard some of the students debating over which character was their favorite.

For many of the Inside Out students, seeing Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum was their first experience at a professional theatre. It was so rewarding to be able to share this experience with them!

After the performance, Inside Out was lucky enough to meet actors Matias Ponce and Brian Abraham. Matias portrayed Henry Reyna, and Brian played the role of lawyer George Shearer. They generously spent some time with the Inside Out students for a Q&A. Matias talked about his journey as an actor, his experiences onstage, and gave the students some advice for their upcoming performance in May.

As I watched the students board their buses to go back to school, I could sense the excitement and inspiration in the air. I’m so excited to see this inspiration at work as they create their original plays. I can’t wait to see what they come up with at their performance in May!

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P.S. ARTS Visits the Broad Museum!

on February 21, 2017 Comments Off on P.S. ARTS Visits the Broad Museum!

by Program Assistant, Oscar Navarrete

I recently had the pleasure of visiting The Broad museum with fellow P.S. Artists. It was a stormy Sunday morning, but one-by-one we gathered inside to meet and greet each other. Our visit to The Broad was guided by artist, teacher, and Board Member, Pam Posey.

Most of us had visited the museum’s main gallery beforehand, but some of us had yet to experience the museum’s Creature installation. The installation, found on the ground floor of the museum, is an impressive collection of work from various artists & media that both dabble with and delve into themes related to the self, nature, and living beings in general.  At the entrance of the exhibition, you are greeted by a note that reads: “We are all creatures: creatures of habit, of desire, of fear, and of necessity.”

From a 15-foot tall bronze statue of a Cyclops to a fiberglass sculpture of a dust particle, no piece in the collection was remotely similar. The ambiguity of the installation’s theme allowed for an incredibly broad (pun-intended) range of work and styles. However, what I found most remarkable were the conversations that the exhibition and the museum itself, inspired.

Being the tireless and dedicated educators that they are, our Teaching Artists’ thoughts were centered on their students. Throughout our visit, the group brainstormed ideas about how to take advantage of the many high-quality museums in Los Angeles and the opportunities they provide for students. How can we integrate field trips to institutions like The Broad into our curricula? How young is too young for politically charged artwork like Leon Golub’s? What’s the best way to introduce such work to our young artists?

The group also had an opportunity to share their experiences as educators with each other. Being that our group consisted of teachers who work in different districts with different communities, the group was able to reflect on anecdotes about the different classroom dynamics they experience and the way that they tailor their classroom projects.

Thank you to Pam Posey and to all the Teaching Artists who made it out. It was truly a pleasure to be in the presence of such inspiring minds.


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Back to School 2016

on September 22, 2016 Comments Off on Back to School 2016

by Program Manager, Jaime Reichner

This summer, P.S. ARTS Teaching Artists participated in a two-day professional development training. While looking forward to the start of the new school year, they took a few moments to recall highlights from the previous year. Here are a few “magic moments”:

“During the Art Show, a student was just staring at his artwork. I felt that joy – that pride. This student was having trouble at the beginning of the year. Little by little he started to grow.”

“At the end of informances, I give students the opportunity to share with the audience what they learned in music. [One] students spoke up and said, “I learned that it’s okay to be myself. We are ourselves and we don’t have to be like anyone else. I think music helps me express myself. I love P.S. ARTS. It gives me confidence.”
Back to School with P.S. ARTS: Music

“Students designed Nick Cave “Soundsuits” in small groups. It was inspiring to see collaboration and problem solving amongst peers. What began as small conflicts between contrasting ideas and personalities resulted in resolution and incorporation of diverse ideas. Students learned to work together, delegate, and to take turns. Most of all, they were proud of their results.”


“A third grade student who was afraid to speak (since 1st grade) volunteered to audition for a lead part! I asked her if she was ready to speak onstage in front of an audience and she said that she finally felt ready to do so. When I first met this student, the teacher warned me that she wouldn’t talk. I told the teacher all I would do is create a safe space and she’ll speak when she’s ready!”


“Middle school students at my school have the opportunity to choose elective classes. I was just told by the principal that Art was chosen by every single student in the school. It was the only elective in history of having a unanimous vote.”


We are looking forward to another fantastic year! Stay tuned for more programming updates, more #artsed projects, and more magic moments. To volunteer for P.S. ARTS this school year, visit psarts.org/volunteer.


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P.S. ARTS at the Broad, the Getty, & MOCA!

on June 10, 2016 Comments Off on P.S. ARTS at the Broad, the Getty, & MOCA!

P.S. ARTS is known for our high-quality in- and after-school arts programs, but we are so fortunate to partner with some of LA’s vibrant cultural institutions to extend arts-learning outside of the classroom walls. In this week’s blog, P.S. ARTS Teaching Artists Sandy Yamashiro, Matt MacFarland, and Heather Lowe share stories from their class field trips to the Getty, the Broad, and MOCA!

Getting Giddy at the Getty
by P.S. ARTS Teaching Artist Sandy Yamashiro

It all started as a gleam in the eye of Program Manager Lora Cawelti who suggested we submit an application for a field trip to the Getty Museum. “The Getty?” I thought,  “What?…the Holy Grail of field trips?”  Well, there was no stopping Lora, who proceeded to fill out the forms online. After clicking the “submit” button, we looked at one another and said,  “So…we’ll see….”

Fast forward to the beginning of the school year when we discovered, to our amazement, that we were approved for a field trip with our two fourth grade classes! We were not only approved for the guided tour itself, but also for a bus — hallelujah!

Days prior to our departure, I saw my fourth grade students either in class or on campus, and it was common for one or more to say, “I’m SO looking forward to the Getty!” or “When are we going?” “Thank you for the Getty” one student said as he gave me a hug.

It appeared that students and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the amazing Getty Museum. Students identified names of statues of Greek gods that they were studying in class and learned about the world outside of their own. I saw many studying — really studying — works of art, and I heard them asking very thoughtful questions.


Kudos must be given not only to Lora, who spawned the idea and submitted the application, but to all the players who helped make this an outstanding outing. Thank you to fourth grade teachers Ms. Benitez and Ms. Griffin who did an excellent job preparing their students for this excursion. Thanks also to the students who conducted themselves like champs! Much gratitude goes to the Getty docents who were kind, dynamic, knowledgeable, and so kid-friendly; they inspired the students to learn. The parent chaperones including Joanne, Kim, Myra, and Theresa along with Classroom Aides MaBelle and Ms. Kim are all my sheroes; they were so engaged and supportive.

Besides viewing the pieces and exhibits that the docents took us to, we had extra time to rush to view Monet’s iconic “Wheatstacks, Snow Effect, Morning,” Van Gogh’s “Irises,” and the phenomenal Robert Irwin gardens — such a treat!

During the field trip, one of my students asked me, “How many times have you been here, Mrs. Yamashiro?” My reply, “Oh, about 4 or 5 times.” “And which was your favorite visit?” he asked. My response was immediate, “No question. It’s this one. All of you are being so great — plus, I get to see all of your faces as you view and study the art around you!”  Yes, to experience the Getty and life in general through the eyes of children — how incredible is that?

As we filed into the bus, one of the students said with a huge smile, “Best field trip EVER!” I must say, I think that many of us agreed with his declaration. For me, a seasoned field-tripper, it certainly does rank way up there as one of the best…. EVER.

Broad-ening Horizons at the Broad Museum
by P.S. ARTS Teaching Artist Matt MacFarland

Recently, I took a group of fourth graders from Camino Nuevo Charter Academy — Kayne Siart Campus to the new Broad Museum in downtown. The field trip was sponsored by 826LA as part of their new Art & Story pilot program, which pairs a selection of artworks in the Broad Collection with a workbook that challenges students to put the work into a narrative context.

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

The kids were excited from the moment they lined up to board the bus until the bus ride home.

When we arrived at the very unique, almost alien building the Broad Collection is housed in, they were escorted by one of the Art & Story guides to their first featured artwork “I…I’m Sorry!” by Roy Lichtenstein. Luckily for us, last school year we spent several weeks discussing Pop Art Artists like Lichtenstein and Warhol and making work inspired by theirs. At the time of our field trip, my students were developing a comic book in art class, so the subject matter and aesthetic were very relevant to our in-school curriculum. The students were encouraged to write some dialogue between the woman in the picture and an imaginary person that she would be apologizing to; a few students even acted out their scenes in front of the group!


Next, my students were taken to Jeff Koons’ sculpture “Balloon Dog (Blue).” Predictably, the students’ minds were blown by this giant 3-D blue steel representation of a balloon animal. They were asked to write a story about a day with their balloon dog and draw a picture of what would transpire. The students excitedly discussed their imaginary day with their classmates and a few shared their stories with the group. One student drew a comic strip depicting several moments throughout the day with his balloon dog and another imagined how jealous her friends would be when she paraded him around the school.


Those were the only two pieces we spent time with in the Broad Museum, but that was advantageous as the students were able to spend a significant amount of time with each piece and ponder the process and meaning of each work. Overall, it was an extremely enjoyable and informative experience for the students that allowed them to apply the arts skills we explore during the school day across disciplines and out of the classroom context.

Making Magical Memories at MOCA
by P.S. ARTS Teaching Artist Heather Lowe

How often have you visited a museum or gallery and read the label beside the artwork before looking at the artwork?

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), an inquiry-based method, allows one to come face to face with a piece of art and experience it personally without prior knowledge. I was lucky to team up with Mrs. Treuenfels, a third grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School, to implement VTS in our P.S. ARTS classroom. Last summer, as part of the the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ program Contemporary Art Start (CAS), we received extensive professional development in strategies for teaching and viewing art. Included in the program were two class visits to the museum led by MOCA staff educators, a core classroom curriculum sequence, and family events with unlimited use of family museum passes for our students.


The professional development component of the CAS program was one of the most enriching experiences I have had as an educator. It had a profound impact on my own way of looking at art, which translated to an even more enthusiastic teaching practice this year. We used inquiry-based questions before each lesson such as, “What’s going on in this picture?”, “What do you see that makes you say that?”, and “What more can we add?” This method of inquiry opened up very thoughtful discussion between students, and they learned how to listen and respect one another’s perspectives.

When we arrived, MOCA’s expert staff guided discussions in small groups. It was obvious that the students could delve into topics and question art on their own. Looking at a drawing, one of the students began to describe how each layer of color may symbolize depth and that perhaps this was a plan or map of the artist’s imagination. Regarding Liz Larner’s sculpture “2 as 3 and Some, too,” a student remarked that it may be a magic cube that the artist is trying to unlock.


It was a beautiful day in Los Angeles, and after the museum visit we sat under the trees and ate lunch together while sharing our experiences. I am so grateful that P.S. ARTS encourages its faculty to participate in these types of programs. I know that our students will not forget these experiences — they have become such sensitive and courageous viewers of art!

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