Bronx students participate in Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program – Bronx Times


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For 50 years, Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program has provided hands-on, in-school art education to public school students in the five boroughs.

On the occasion of this anniversary, the museum is organizing its annual exhibition A year with children 2021 from April 30 to June 21. Among the students whose work is on display are children from PS 86 in Kingsbridge Heights. The Guggenheim has worked with the school since 1997.

LTA has had three residencies at PS 86 this year, third, fourth and sixth year.

PS 86, sixth grade student making art during LTA at school while teaching artist on laptop.

Jeff Hopkins, who has been an artist-in-residence for 15 years at PS 86, spoke to the Bronx Times about the program and how the children coped during the pandemic.

“It was a very different year, but in some ways we were able to create the same things we do in the classroom,” Hopkins explained.

Hopkins typically teaches a few classes a week at school, however, when the coronavirus hit everyone was forced to learn remotely. He was a little nervous at first because the kids were struggling with the stress of COVID-19 and many were running out of art supplies.

Once the kids got used to their surroundings, the class became fun, he said.

“I was really impressed by all the students who took up all the challenges,” he said. “I feel like I got to know the students very well thanks to Zoom. We ended up with some truly amazing works of art.

A screenshot of grade four greeting each other during a distance lesson “

Each class had a different project. The third year did emotional architecture, where the students focused on socio-emotional learning and in particular on how to bring life and personality to inanimate objects.

The fourth year made parts on the windows, inspired by the digital windows of Zoom and Google Classroom. The students designed a window of a large apartment building, with figures and representations of interiors.

Finally, the sixth grade studied portraits of famous artists and then made their own.

After hosting a digital exhibit last year, Hopkins was happy that this year’s art was on display in the museum.

“I had high expectations because I knew we could do a good job,” Hopkins explained. “The goal is to showcase the beautiful works of art that occur in schools. It is not a question of talent; it’s about tapping into the imagination and abilities of the student he didn’t know he had.

If they don’t think they’re an artist and they don’t think they can draw, it’s my job to open that up to them.


Kayleen C. Rice

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