Field Trip Experience
From stepping back in time to examining primary sources, your students will love how hands-on they’re encouraged to be.
Travel back in time with our You Are There series.
Explore primary source documents in Destination Indiana. Pinch, swipe and tap their way around the state using our newly updated technology to investigate more than 300 visual journeys into Indiana history, geography and culture.
Assume the role of conservators and mend paper in the W. Brooks and Wanda Y. Fortune History Lab. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how science and history work together.
Enjoy live music performances and learn about a famous Hoosier in the Cole Porter Room.
Discover context clues and make inferences as they analyze primary source documents in INvestigation Station. Option not available for all groups. Please inquire when booking your field trip.
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!
Filmaking + Storytelling by Tyler May
Students will discover the power of good storytelling through the medium of video and various digital mediums. They will learn hands-on how to operate a camera, interview each other, and use basic editing skills. This firsthand experience is designed to inspire students to go out and create through digital mediums.
Follow the North Star
Follow the North Star is a participatory museum theater experience that demonstrates the wide ranging social attitudes towards African-Americans in pre-Civil War Indiana. Participants travel back to the year 1836 and assume the role of fugitive slaves seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad through the state. Traveling as a group, you will encounter a variety of characters, ranging from sympathetic allies to racist antagonists, who will speak to you as
though you were enslaved. It is a powerful experience that generates empathy, provokes discussion, and immerses students in this important part of our nation’s history.
Francicso Pizarro: to Serve You by Hank Fincken
If you are teaching World History or just want to understand how the Conquistadors changed the world, this one-man play is for you (5th – 12th). The conqueror of the Incas was brave, committed, and ruthless. His search for gold cities reminds us of the best and worst in ourselves.
Fun With Jazz
Teaching improvisation as a means of communication, this program introduces students to the unique American musical genre of Jazz. Featuring recognizable tunes including The Pink Panther and Flintstones theme, students will have a chance to join the Fun.
General Music Classroom Visit
ICC staff can visit your general music classroom, free of charge, and engage in activities with your class, either as a clinician, teaching model, or overall fun new experience!
Singing games, part-singing, folk dancing…staff will discuss details one on one with general music teacher and tailor the experience to each school.
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.
Harp Music & Stories (pre-k) by Melissa Gallan...
Students are introduced to the concert harp and will explore the connections between language and music. Students will learn to identify and respond to contrasting sounds, and will understand that musical concepts bring stories to life by communicating feelings and emotions. A version is also available for infants and toddlers.
Harp Sounds (Performance) by Melissa Gallant
Language arts concepts will come alive as students learn that music is like a story we read. Students will see how sound patterns can be transformed into music, as the artist directs students to listen for specific sounds.
Harp Sounds (Workshop)
Melissa Gallant will introduce to students the many sounds the concert harp makes while learning how the music we hear is like the stories we read.
Henry Ford: Fit to a "T"
He didn’t invent the automobile; he invented the automobile industry. His $5 a day wage made the working class middle class. In this one-man play, Ford dealers from all over the country have come to Detroit to learn about the man’s latest life-changing car, the Ford V-8. Was he a saint? Hardly, but his work continues to influence us all as much as any pioneer in US History.
Here Is My Magic Key
My basket of keys open an attic, a castle door, another dimension and more. Students literally hold the key to their imagination in the palms of their hands with this writing workshop. We explore the possibilities of these magic keys, focus on the senses in creating a story or poem together by the class, then students make up their own. “My key opens a haunted house. Beware. Take my key if you dare.” As we read, we pass the key –the gift of our imaginations– along. Led by Bonnie Maurer.
House Full of Friends by Sofiya Inger
Teaching young people to share, accept differences, and work together peacefully, this interactive program starts with a story of a tiny blue house full of very colorful characters. Students will play with shapes and forms from recycled materials, learn how to fold, bend, score, and attach them to build their own “homes full of friends,” where everyone has a place to stay and a story to tell. Hand-eye coordination, spatial perception, independent decision making, and visual storytelling are important goals of the workshop, but, most importantly, it will be fun!
How to Tell World Folktales
In this workshop/residency, students will listen and read folktales, learn how to tell folktales as well as learn how to evaluate and coach each other in the art of storytelling.
IMA at Newfields School Tours
Newfields invites students and educators to use its exhibitions, collections, historic campus, and programs as extensions of classroom learning. No matter what the area of study, we offer spectacular resources, many designed to meet Common Core and Indiana Academic Standards, for learning about our worlds and the people in it.
Newfields offers a variety of group tours (preschool through higher education) of the Galleries (including special exhibitions), the Garden, Lilly House, and the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres led by a trained guide. Schools interested in structuring their own exploration of Newfields can schedule a self-guided tour.
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.’
India Culture Comes to You: Dances of India
This hands-on program covers a wide range of multidisciplinary activities. The topics include, but are not limited to, multiculturalism, history, religion, citizenship, geography, music, dance (classical, folk & contemporary), mythology, choreography, art, sculpture, language arts, costumes and makeup artistry. Each one is created or modified as per the request from the organizers and the length of the time allotted. All the presentations are interactive, informative and entertaining. Program will include a wealth of visual aids to maximize the learning.
Indiana Mime: Raiders of the Lost Art
Through mime, sign language, music, and audience participation, students will learn how Indiana has played a big role in shaping American history, culture and events through famous astronauts, comedians, jazz, sports, and more.
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Field Trip...
Explore our natural and cultural history galleries, from geological specimens to objects related to our 16th president. Discover historical figures in Indiana like Gene Stratton-Porter and Thomas Say. Experience hands-on learning in one of our programs or theater performances. With so many possibilities, no field trip to the museum is ever the same!
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.
Inspired By Life Student Exhibition
Indiana educators of preschool – 12th grade students are invited to take part in our ‘Inspired By’ series for the chance to have student artwork displayed in conjunction with our exhibitions.
Inspired by Life
The 2018-19 student exhibition theme is Inspired By Life. Newfields invites preschool – 12th grade teachers to share their students’ original works of art in the form of portraits, which will be featured in conjunction with an upcoming exhibition, Life and Legacy: Portraits from the Clowes Collection, from May 4 to August 18, 2019. See the Call for Entries for details. March 1st, 2018 is the deadline for entries.
Instrument Making by Sancocho
Students will each make a traditional instrument with an authentic sound from common, everyday materials. Choose one: maracas, frame drums, tambourines, pop top shakers, or African thumb pianos.
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.
Jazz: the Art of Relationship
Students will experience the sounds of Jazz music from its roots on Indiana Avenue in the 1950’s and 60’s and the musicians who made it famous. The jazz tradition is so much an oral tradition that is passed down from elders to the next generation that Lawrence Clark refers to jazz as, “the art of relationship.”
John Henry: Steel Driving Man by Khabir Shareef
Student will experience how a tall tale relates to the real life character behind the myth as they befriend the character of John Henry and learn about those who laid track for the C&O Railroad.
You know the myth, but you may not know how important he was to the pioneers moving west. This is storytelling in theater form, showing the true history of John Chapman’s life separate from the traditional mythology of Johnny Appleseed.
Keeping Traditional Music & Dance Alive Throug...
This energetic performance explores the origins and “reinvention” of music and dance traditions over the years. When dancers or musicians are lacking the means to buy their preferred instruments or tools, they figure out how to substitute something they do have.
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