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All aboard the ArtBus! This public art tour and field trip experience aims to better connect participants with the visual arts in their community and throughout Indianapolis. ArtBus routes start at your location and travel to arts and cultural institutions around town, stopping along the way to discover Indianapolis’ public art. (More detailed route information below, under Locations.) An ArtBus Conductor will help your group make sense of art works by asking open-ended questions designed to prompt close observation. S/he will also lead interactive activities that will help participants think about how art works are made and are valued, and give participants a behind-the-scenes look at artists and arts-related professions. Participants will also get an opportunity to try their hand at making their own art.
ArtBus is an ideal experience for youth 8-18 or for adults. ArtBus trips can be customized to provide professional development opportunities for visual arts educators and educators aiming to integrate history, civics, local geography with the arts.
For more than 20 years, ArtReach has provided high-quality year-round, community-based art education to children ages 5-18 living in underserved areas of Indianapolis. This afterschool and summer studio art program serves approximately 1,000 youth at 26 sites annually. During their semester-long ArtReach class, students learn art-making, art history, art criticism and aesthetics and gain valuable self-confidence and self-expression along the way.
Every spring ArtReach students are invited to exhibit their artwork at the ArtReach Exhibition. The artwork they’ve created is professionally displayed in the Indianapolis Art Center’s galleries for their friends, family, and community to see.
ArtReach works with each partner location to identify a schedule, location, and age range. A teaching artist is selected based on the needs and qualities of the partner site. Teaching artists create curriculum unique to each site and serve as positive, caring role models for the youth they teach. Partner sites are expected to manage recruitment, assist with demographics collection, and provide an adult representative to be present during each ArtReach session.
Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker - Matinee for School...
Butler Ballet is proud to present their 35th annual production of The Nutcracker. Come enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky as the dancers recreate this favorite holiday tale. The Nutcracker, based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice written by E.T.A. Hoffman, is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King. From the festive party scene to the enchanted Land of Sweets, students will enjoy the artistry, music and dance of this magical production.
Clay Adventures by Jude Odell
Students will be introduced to clay hand building techniques. Several projects can be adapted to suit your classroom’s needs. Teachers are responsible for firing or can inquire about other options.
Comic Books for Comprehension by Jingo de la Rosa
Students will create their own page of a comic book that illustrates a descriptive sentence. By dissecting the nouns, verbs, and adjectives of the sentence, students will draw interesting illustrations from their own imagination.
Community Arts Classes
Community Arts Classes provide people of all ages and all abilities with the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of art forms. Our Community Arts Classes are led by our professional teaching artists, who guide students through the art-making process.
We offer two different types of classes.
Exploratory classes are for artists of all ages. With a guided lesson plan, students explore specific techniques in a variety of art forms to further their artistic abilities. Exploratory classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays.
Our dedicated class is for artists looking for less guidance. Working with teaching artists, students have the freedom to create individualized works of art. The dedicated class is offered on Tuesdays.
Eiteljorg Guides will give students a well-rounded orientation to the museum’s exhibitions and collections with highlights in the Western art, contemporary art and Native American galleries. Special exhibitions can also be included.
**This tour can be presented virtually via Zoom. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Educational Theater & Outreach Performances
Participate in interactive live theater performances at the Indiana State Museum or in your own classroom. Your students might even find themselves in the thick of the action!
PreK – Grade 2
Fred the Mastodon
In this lively puppet show meet Fred the Mastodon, an Ice Age mammal, who wanders the Indiana landscape searching for his herd. Audience members have a chance to participate in the show as other Ice Age animals are introduced, including dire wolves, owls and bison.
Fickelsteen Frog, a reporter for The Daily Croaker, has been assigned a feature story — he is looking for the answer to the question: What is a reptile? He wanders the countryside searching for reptiles and to find out what makes them slither.
Grades 3 – 12
This unique experience offers two live performances in one 45-minute presentation. Choose from Levi Coffin, Elwood Haynes, Thomas Say, Johnny Appleseed, Sully the Irish Canal Worker and Young Abe Lincoln. A question and answer session is included in the program.
Grades 4 – 12
The Liar’s Bench
Bovine hairballs? Vern’s Varmint Trap? A cotton mill cog from the 19th century? What does the word Hoosier really mean? The audience is divided into teams as students vie to be the first to decide if, for example, that strange-looking contraption is really a pasta holder from a South Bend restaurant or a miniature golf ball display piece.
On The Air: The Hoosier Hour
World War II is brought to life through the antics of the folks at radio station WISM as they attempt to struggle through their weekly broadcast of songs, skits and commercials with the specter of food and gas shortages, staff shortages and the ever-present war.
These interactive one-act and vignette theater pieces highlight notable Hoosiers of the past 200 years. Create an hour-long presentation that covers 200 years of Indiana’s statehood with topics including young Abe Lincoln, Thomas Say, Amanda Way, Eugene Debs, the first pro baseball game and others. Scripts will be made available by request as pre-visit resources for a more hands-on experience.
Field Trip to Line+Form Atelier
Line+Form Atelier offers engaging field trips in the studio on Fridays throughout the school year. Ms. Fran, owner of L+F, connects with teachers to ensure the field trip is meeting the educational needs of the group. Whether it’s a one time visit, or a partnership that will last several months, Line+Form field trips are guaranteed to be a highlight of your student’s year!
Gifts of the Earth: Native American Pottery by Rob...
Student will learn about the history and culture of the Mississippi Native Peoples and the clay techniques they used. Each student will create a piece of North American Mississippi-style pottery called an effigy vessel (having the form of a human or animal). Most effective as a 60 or 90 minute workshop.
Once Upon A Time…
Utilizing elements from all the artistic disciplines (music, visual art, literature, etc…), children explore the structure of a story, develop a deeper awareness of self through traditional acting exercises for youth, and discover new ways to express creative ideas and use their imaginations. Ultimately, listening skills develop and natural instincts emerge allowing everyone to flourish and have fun in a unique environment that simultaneously promotes social interaction and individual expression.
Imaginative Mexican Clay Masks by Jude Odell
Students will learn about the traditions and culture of the Mexican clay village Ocumicho as experienced by teaching artist Jude Odell. Students will learn basic clay techniques and create individual imaginative mask forms. Teachers are responsible for firing or discuss options with artist. Paint on your own, or follow up with the bright colors and patterns of the glaze workshop ‘Color at 2000 Degrees.’
Indigo Blues by Sofiya Inger
Using the power of nature, students will turn oxygen and indigo plants into bright blue fabric art. After folding, tying, and dipping their fabric in natural indigo dye, students will see the process of oxidation. Students will discuss how art can involve nature in various ways.
Internships at Newfields
Newfields is more than a local cultural attraction with an international reputation. It’s also a small city that can help you figure out what you’re going to do in the big, wide world. You know that at Newfields you’ll find art, gardens, and performances. But you’ll also find designers, scientists, photographers, lawyers, and marketers, all looking for the chance to introduce you to what they do. Help them—and yourself—out by becoming an intern at Newfields.
We offer internships throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters accepting applications year-round. Availability varies throughout the year depending on departmental needs. Internships are project-based and include the ongoing work of the department to which they are assigned. Our program is designed to introduce you to all the inner workings of a cultural attraction, featuring both the Indianapolis Museum of Art and The Garden at Newfields. The Newfields Intern Program is open to juniors, seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students.
Learning Lincoln through Bookmaking with Bonnie St...
Students will make a unique book with an interior space to illustrate Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood house in southern Indiana. After a discussion on Lincoln history and family members, students will draw the inside of the log cabin. Additional pages in the book are available for future student writing.
Magic with Foil by Robin McBride Scott
Soft foil metal is a great magical medium to create works of art in. Students will explore their creativity through the technique of embossing. Metal foils are a great material to create low relief embossed artworks using simple tools. It is fun to make, endless possibilities for creativity, and the end results are breathtaking!
Making Creative Books
Bonnie Stahlecker will teach students the techniques of bookbinding in a fun and easy way. Each workshop is custom designed around any subject matter you wish. Younger students’ books include clever folds and secret hiding places. Older students can make artist’s books, exploring unique structures.
Making Creative Books - For Teachers by Bonnie Sta...
Bonnie will provide a hands-on workshop on bookmaking for the classroom. This includes information, instructions, and resources for teachers to help students successfully complete book projects. Available as a 1-hour or 2-hour workshop.
Metal Embossing - Stretching Your Imagination by R...
Repoussé is a centuries-old art metalworking technique in which a malleable metal (copper, brass, aluminum, tin, gold, etc.) is ornamented or shaped from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. Students will get to explore the creation of a one of a kind art piece using wood tools to stretch the surface of a flat metal piece creating an embossed image.
Monarchs Need Milkweed by Bonnie Stahlecker
This program uses the art of bookmaking to engage students in a conversation about ecology. Each student will make a book that illustrates the crucial relationship between the monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant. With visual examples Bonnie will emphasize the special connection necessary for the monarch to continue to exist. Prior to the visit, teachers are encouraged to show the students the YouTube videos: Amazing Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly and Monarch Butterflies Migration Google Earth Tour.
Picture Power by William Rasdell
From advertising to internet memes photographic imagery has increasingly become a primary medium of persuasion. In this session students will engage in a discussion about what makes images powerful and persuasive and dissect how images may impact their lives. Students will create their own imagery to communicate a message.
Playful Prints by Robin McBride Scott
Printmaking is a rewarding art form that allows children to try out different techniques and to see cause and effect in action. Playful Prints is an opportunity for students to create artwork in a completely new way using a pencil, foam plate, inks and paper to create multiple pieces of art from one drawing.
Printed & Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie Roberston
Stamping, tying, folding, and printing are just some of the ways your students will work with color and fabric in this workshop. In the process of learning fabric techniques, students will discuss ways different cultures have created or refined fabric dying methods. Meet with the artist to connect her workshop with your curriculum. Choose from: wax batik, shibori (tie-dye), crayon, direct painting, and stamping.
Art With a Heart takes pride in encouraging all students in their artistic abilities & interests. For students who exhibit a natural talent or passion for art, we offer a weekly Studio Program on Saturdays at the AWaH studio. Students will work in a choice-based environment where they are treated like professional artists and in all classes will have the opportunity to work with a variety of art materials and mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, etc.). Students will be exposed to the themes of many artists and art movements throughout history, as well as to current artists at the height of their craft. At the end of each session, students will host a collective art show to demonstrate all of the work they have accomplished throughout the 10 weeks.
Summer Art Camps
Line+Form Atelier is thrilled to be hosting 7 weeks of art camp this summer!
June: Insect+Bee Camp, Unicorn+Fairy Camp (sold out), Art in Motion
July: Street Art Camp, Fashion Design Camp (sold out), Anime+Comics Camp (sold out), Unicorn+Fairies Camp Session 2
Camps are suitable for children ages 5-12 and are held Mon-Thurs from 9-3pm.
The Magical Art of Printmaking by Robin McBride Sc...
Printmaking surrounds us and is an integral part of our society today. We depend on printed text, advertising and art as a primary source for information and entertainment. Students will create their own relief printing plates, ink them up and produce a print. Once a relief plate is made multiple prints can be made from the same plate, unlike other art forms. As a ﬁne art form, printmaking continues to be recognized around the world for its method, diversity, and beauty.
The Whole Child: Digging into Reggio-inspired Prac...
Part 2 of the workshop takes place at the IPS/Butler Lab School 60. During this 3 hour workshop, we will visit with Abby Bucher and learn more about what Reggio-inspired practice can look like in a public school in Indianapolis. We will take a tour and notice environments, we will do some materials exploration that can then be put into practice in your own setting, and we will look at a couple of projects that have been done with students in Indianapolis that shows how we have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.
Tree of Dreams
Guided by Sofiya Inger, students will explore the visual language of color and symbols. They will communicate who they are by designing an image on a fabric leaf. In the 3-5 day residency, the leaves can be made into a collaborative wall hanging.
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