On January 16 and 17, we celebrated the artistic and academic accomplishments of approximately 500 students, teachers, school administrators, and families from Tyler Elementary and Takoma Education Campus—the museum’s two DC Public Schools partner schools that participate in our Art Links to Learning: Museum in Residence program! Read more from the students’ perspectives in Tuesday’s edition of Washington Post KidsPost.
On Friday, May 20, the kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades from Tyler Elementary School came to the Phillips for the opening of their Young Artists Exhibition. The event was a celebration of art the students created through arts-integrated lessons.
I got to talk to some of Ms. Fraticelli’s kindergartners (pictured above) about the artwork they made together, which illustrated migration of the Monarch butterfly. I figured they would want to point out their personal contributions to the collaborative artworks, but they were more excited to tell me what they had learned. I found out from the kindergartners that the Monarch lives for milkweed; milkweed is the only plant their larva can eat, so their migration is dependent on where the milkweed grows.
You can learn a lot from a kindergartner!
Ben Tollefson, School, Outreach, and Family Programs Coordinator