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Creative Arts and Historical Studies

Creative Arts and Historical Studies

Time: 10-11:30AM
Program fee: $125

Creative Arts programs at Wave Hill explore both the gallery-based artwork that has been created by artists in response to an overall theme, and the unique and beautiful grounds. Together, they provide inspiration for students as they create their own works of art.

Wave Hill offers lesson extensions with background information, activities, student worksheets and resources that complement most of our workshops.

  • Creative Arts Gallery Program

    NEW!Grades: 3 through 6Offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    Experience dynamic works by contemporary artists on exhibit in Glyndor Gallery, then explore their environmental themes and curricular connections through hands-on investigations of the natural world. As a culminating activity, students create their own inspired work of art.

    2017–2018 Exhibits:

    Call & Response: Sunroom 10th Anniversary, September 9–December 3, 2017

    Birds and their Habitats, April 7–June 24, 2018

  • Drawn to Nature

    Grades: 3 through 6Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    In this program for budding artists and naturalists, students create simple journals and use them to look closely at the natural world. Through art and writing exercises, students develop their observational skills and descriptive language as they connect with Wave Hill’s inspiring gardens and woodlands.

  • Walk through Time

    Grades: 4 through 6Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    Take a walk through time to explore how the Lenape lived on this land 400 years ago. Students discover how geography impacted Lenape culture through storytelling and hands-on artifact exploration, then embark on a natural resources scavenger hunt in Wave Hill’s restored woodland. 

    Download the Walk through Time Extension (PDF)

  • Plants through Time

    Grades: 4 through 6Seasons offered: Fall and SpringProgram Details ›

    Experience the history of Wave Hill and the New York metropolitan area from a plants-eye view! This lesson explores the relationship between people and plants in the past and today. Students encounter key local species, and discover how our local plants tell a story about the evolving relationship between people and the environment.

    Download the Plants through Time Extension (PDF)

Wave Hill's School Programs are generously supported by the Barker Welfare Foundation, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Con Edison and the New York State Education Department.  Sustaining support for Wave Hill’s educational programming is provided by the Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Endowment Fund at Wave Hill for Environmental Science and Nature Education. Wave Hill’s operations are made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Grant Program administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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