For more than a decade, the Modern has been proud to serve area public schools through two repeat visit programs: Writing to Look and Gallery and Studio Connections. For these programs, six middle schools and six high schools each make three unique visits to the Museum over the course of the school year.
Writing to Look invites middle school students from the Fort Worth Independent School District and surrounding districts to participate. The repeat visit format gives students the opportunity to become familiar with the Modern and its exhibitions, gaining both confidence and knowledge in dealing with modern and contemporary art with each visit. Visits include a tour of the exhibition coupled with writing activities designed to help students connect with the artwork in the galleries.
Gallery and Studio Connections targets high school students from the Fort Worth Independent School District and surrounding districts. Visits include a tour of the exhibition paired with studio activities, which allow students to gain knowledge of a variety of artmaking practices and expand their visual vocabulary in the classroom.
Each of the three four-hour visits to the Museum provides students with a deeper understanding of a particular exhibition, selected artists, and how to engage with art. For each round of visits, an artist, art historian, or writer is invited by the Museum’s education staff to lead the classes, allowing students the opportunity to interact with artists and art historians from the Dallas/Fort Worth arts community. Led by these arts professionals, students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills and to engage in a dialogue about the artwork through careful observation in the Museum galleries. Each session is designed to help students better see, process, and understand the art at the Modern through either unique and creative studio projects (high school students) or creative writing projects (middle school students).
The repeat visit programs are invitation-based and all slots are committed for the current school year. If you are an area educator interested in learning more about these programs and how you and your students can participate, call 817.840.2141 or contact the Education Department here.