Currently in the second year of partnership with Turner Elementary School and the first year of partnership with the Washington School for Girls (WSG), the Museum-in-Residence program includes professional development workshops and one-on-one arts-integration coaching for teachers, in-classroom workshops led by Phillips Educators, and a visit to the museum.
In the classroom and at the Phillips, over 160 Turner students in second, third, and fourth grades, as well as a medical and education support class, explored subjects such as math, science, and English language arts through artwork by Alma Thomas, Horace Pippin, McArthur Binion. In the classroom and at the Phillips, over 60 WSG second, third, fifth, and eighth grade classes participated in the program. Students delved into classroom subjects such as math and social studies by looking at artwork by Jacob Lawrence, Paul Klee, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Art Links to Learning is The Phillips Collection’s portfolio of educational programs for District of Columbia Public and Public Charter Schools (DCPS and DCPCS). To meet our community’s need for more productive teaching and learning, the Phillips has developed innovative methods that have been shown to enhance teaching and to increase student engagement and understanding. Art Links programs weave visual arts education with other core subject areas such as English/language arts, social studies, and science, while helping students develop 21st-century skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.
The creative, hands-on Art Links approach reflects the spirit of inquiry, experimentation, and intimacy advocated by museum founder Duncan Phillips. The program has been recognized for its success by local and national organizations, including the National Art Education Association and the American Alliance of Museums. Art Links takes a whole school approach and is designed to adapt to the needs of individual schools, educators, and learners.