Virtual Student Workshops

Three elementary students gathered around a tablet screen in the museum, learning digitally
Students learning digitally in the Museum’s Future City Lab

City as Canvas: Graffiti Art in NYC (Grades 1-12) 

Tues-Thus, March 16-18  (scroll down to the bottom of this page for session start- times and to register) 

Looking for a fun and free virtual museum experience for your students this March? 

Sign up your class for this interactive student workshop to explore highlights from the Museum of the City of New York’s Martin Wong graffiti art collection and see original works created by famed New York artists and writers, including Daze, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, and Lee Quiñones. 

Participants in this multidisciplinary workshop will learn about graffiti as a dynamic and homegrown artistic movement that was shaped by and seen throughout New York City. Students can participate throughout the session by drafting their own designs as they interpret works from the artists’ personal sketchbooks, photographs, and works on canvas. 

This multidisciplinary workshop is available to classes in all subject areas

For Elementary School classes: Writing on the walls--whether transmitting messages or documenting the author’s presence—dates back to antiquity. This is an opportunity to see this global artistic tradition in the context of New York’s history and the importance of community for the creative process. 

For English Language Arts classes (elementary, middle, and high school): Students explore how artists have used stylized writing and images together, and will practice their language and interpretive skills through articulating their observations and perspectives using the chatbox (comments are only shared with the Museum Educators).  

For Visual Arts classes (elementary, middle, and high school): Students will view and interpret works of art, learn about the lives and artistic processes of New York artists, and draw inspiration from the collection to begin creating their own designs. 

  • Tues, March 16 (grades 1-3) 9:30-10:30 am –This session is full. 
  • Tues, March 16 (grades 4-12) 11:00 am -12:00 pm –This session is full. 
  • Wed, March 17 (grades 4-12) 9:30-10:30 am –This session is full. 
  • Wed, March 17 (grades 1-3) 11:00 am -12:00 pm –This session is full. 
  • Thurs, March 18 (grades 1-3) 9:30-10:30 am – This session is full. 
  • Thurs, March 18 (grades 4-12) 11:00 am -12:00 pm –This session is full. 

Free. Advance registration required. Sign up on one of the dates below at the bottom of this page. 

How it Works:  Students will join other students in these live and interactive sessions led over Zoom by Museum Educators in a setting that balances active engagement and privacy.  Participants will see and discuss visuals from the Museum’s exhibitions and collections and connect the past to our present. 

Security and Interaction: Sessions will be presented as webinars; students are able to submit questions, comments, and observations to the moderators and complete polls and other activities, but will not use cameras or mics and will not be visible on screen.  

Individuals or classes are invited to register. Teachers interested in registering a class of up to 35 students can do so (multiple classes from the same school can register if there is a different teacher in charge of the registration for each class).  

Free.  Advance registration required.  Sign up on one of the dates below at the bottom of this page. 

Spring 2021 Workshops:   To learn about future upcoming, free student workshops scheduled this school year between January – June, join our mailing list (be sure to check the box "Teacher & Student Programs"!) to be notified when registration for these workshops is available.  

Past Student Workshops

The Civil Rights Movement in NYC 

Discover New York’s major role in the Black freedom movement and hear the stories of the many Civil Rights activists who organized in New York. Offered on Wed, Jan 13; Fri, Jan 15; Tues, Jan 19 2021 

Women’s Suffrage and Voting Rights Now 
Discover diverse leaders within the woman suffrage movement and the tactics they used to expand voting rights. Offered on Tues, Oct 27; Thurs, Oct 29; Tues, Nov 3, 2020 

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Education programs in conjunction with City as Canvas were made possible by a grant from the Keith Haring Foundation Inc.  

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors. 

For more information about the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center, and additional funder credits, please click here

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