Arts education programs in the early grades provide essential first steps for students as they develop the ability to communicate thoughts, feelings, and understanding concerning the world around them. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills, as well as improved motivation, concentration, confidence, and participation in teamwork.
Since 2009 Palm Springs Art Museum has been working with elementary school students; we have focused on this age group because these children are generally at a stage when they start to explore ideas and creativity as well as express themselves individually.
In 2020, Palm Springs Art Museum launched its new remote learning program, See and Do, for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students.
The program expands upon the weekly Activities developed by the museum’s curatorial and education staff that are based on art works in the museum’s collection.
Each See and Do Art Portfolio examines artwork from the Palm Springs Art Museum collection, and is divided in two parts. In the first part of the lesson, students will See a work of art from the museum collection. They will also be introduced to the artist, will learn about key ideas, and are provided with a glossary that defines terms that might be new to students. The second section invites students to Do a hands-on art activity inspired by the artwork. Topics include themes such as the elements of art, art materials, and art subjects.