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AMERICAN CULTURE- AMERICAN ARTS
A professional artist helps students uncover the connections between the arts, history, and culture through the exploration of text, image, and artifacts. Students then create works of art inspired by American artists and artworks, such as Catlin's portraits of Native Americans, Pollock's action paintings, African American quilters, and Hudson River School landscape painters. Students explore the ways the artists' choice of media tells a story about the artist and the cultural context in which the work was created. Finally, students make their own paintings, sculptures, illustrated books, and folk art that reflect their own lives and culture.
 
ANCIENT CULTURES - ANCIENT ART
Ancient cultures inspire present-day learning as students explore the role of art in a variety of ancient societies. A professional artist helps students study one culture in depth and create works of art or artifacts based on that culture. Projects focus on subjects ranging from Mayan temple architecture to red and black painted Greek vases.


ARCHITECTURE: FROM COTTAGES TO CASTLES
Students learn the historical and cultural significance of the built environment by studying architecture and urban design. A professional architect teaches students how to create floor plans, elevations, sections, and architectural drawings, and how to build 3-D scale models. This program can include walking tours and visits to cultural institutions. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.

ART AND OPTICAL ILLUSIONS
Students study and make works of art in the styles of famous artists who used mathematics in the creation of their art. Geometry, number sequences, and patterns are explored in the works of Renaissance painters such as Ucello and da Vinci, and modern artists such as Vasarely, Escher, Mondrian, and Stella. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
ALEXANDER CALDER - MOBILES AND STABILES
Students examine the mobiles and stabiles of Alexander Calder to learn about artistic composition, balance, harmony, and color theory. Students then construct their own kinetic sculptures in the artistic style of Calder's mobiles and stabiles.
 
JOSEPH CORNELL - BOXES
A LEAP artist makes the complex work of American artist Joseph Cornell accessible for students of all ages. Students examine Cornell's surrealist influenced shadow boxes and interpret the personal symbolism in Cornell's collages, made of found objects, photographs, and prints. Finally, they create their own box art using images and objects that are relevant to their own lives.
 
THE WARHOL PROJECT
A professional artist introduces students to the art of Andy Warhol, his views on modern culture and technology, and his historical context. Students explore the various techniques and materials Warhol used, including photography, printmaking, graphic manipulation, and over-painting. They then create their own Warhol-style self-portraits. This project incorporates writing autobiographies. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
JOAN MIRÓ - SHAPE AND FORM
Students study the work of Joan Miró and explore shape and composition to create collage-painting pairs. Students arrange cut-outs of objects and products from magazines, newspapers, and catalogs, into a collage and then translate the imagery into abstract paintings of dynamic organic forms. This project can be used to reinforce students’ understanding of the basic laws of physics. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
BOOK ARTS
A LEAP artist introduces students to the history and art of bookmaking, and well-known book illustrators and book artists. Using this knowledge, students write and illustrate their own books using a variety of techniques, including printmaking, collage, watercolor, and calligraphy. They also learn to make books in a variety of formats, including accordion, pop-up, fold-out, and flap books.
 
BRONZE SCULPTURES
Working with a professional artist, students in grades 3–12 study a range of sculptures–from the realistic reliefs of Greek friezes to the abstract figures of Constantin Brancusi. Students then make large-scale relief murals out of papier-mâché with a faux bronze finish.
 
BUILDING A CLASSROOM ART MUSEUM
Together with a professional artist, students create museum exhibits based on historic periods, art movements, or famous artists. Students visit museums, study relevant art, and learn art techniques to create original works of art. Finally, students create exhibits incorporating both their own artwork and examples of the art that inspired them, and become the curators, exhibition designers, and guides of their exhibits.
 
CERAMICS
Pottery and ceramics provide clues to cultures both past and present. Students explore the cultural and historical importance of ceramics by creating pots using hand, coil, and slab building techniques. Students also learn to throw on a wheel, if available. Additionally, the artist teaches sculpture, relief tiling, and decorative techniques.
 
CARTOONING
A professional cartoonist introduces students to the history and art of cartooning. Students create their own political cartoons, comic books, or cartoon art. This program is easily integrated into the literacy curriculum.
 
FABRIC ARTS
Students study textile arts with a LEAP fabric artist, learning the skills and techniques needed to create their own textile designs, banners, or quilts. Students use a variety of media and techniques including fabric, yarn, wire, paper weavings, tie-dye, resist dye, and soft sculpture.
 
FASHION DESIGN
Students in grades 3–12 are introduced to creative design development as it relates to fashion designers, garments, and accessories in the fashion industry. The program focuses on the fashion industry and its connection to history and culture. Students research fashion online and learn the fundamentals of fashion design by creating their own unique garments and accessories. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
MULTICULTURAL ARTS
Students study masterpieces from around the globe and create their own original artworks. For example, they may paint self-portraits in the style of Frida Kahlo or make illustrated scrolls modeled after Katsushika Hokusai's woodblock prints. Students also make African-style masks inspired by the Yoruba masters, or brilliant weavings and textile designs based on the work of South American artisans.
 
GARDEN DESIGN & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Students apply the principles of garden design and landscape architecture to permanently change an empty lot, their own schoolyard, or a neighboring park. Students apply their math skills as they draft a site plan and then plant and maintain their own garden. They can also create stepping-stones, chimes, and outdoor sculptures. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
GRAPHIC ARTS
Working with a graphic designer, students learn the basic concepts of graphic design and then use their knowledge to create posters, book jackets, advertisements, or school magazines. Computers are used whenever possible, and all projects teach and reinforce literacy skills. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
MASK MAKING
Students discuss the visual elements of masks from around the world, as well as their cultural and historical significance. Students then create vibrant masks in the style of the culture they have studied. A wide variety of materials can be incorporated, including fabric, paper, gauze, plaster, and papier-mâché.
 
ROMARE BEARDEN - COLLAGE
Working with a professional artist, students learn about African-American artist Romare Bearden, his role in the Harlem Renaissance, and his style and technique of collage. Using visual imagery, they create their own collages that address an academic topic or social issue.
 
FIBER ARTS
A professional artist introduces students to fiber arts from various cultures around the world. Students then select a culture and weave, tangle, and twist fibers to create folk art, such as baskets, woven mats, raffia cloth, macramé, or hand-felted projects from pencil cases to puppets.
 
MURALS
Working with a professional muralist, students create a permanent mural for the inside or outside of their school, based on a particular style, theme, or academic subject area. The LEAP artist teaches students to work in a variety of media such as paint, collage, and relief. Note: The murals may also be temporary installations.
 
THE PAINTER'S BRUSH
A professional artist introduces students to the works of different painters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent van Gogh, Diego Rivera, Miró, and Georgia O’Keefe, and teaches various painting skills and techniques. Students create works of art, from miniatures to murals, using a variety of painting media. Trips to museums are often incorporated into this program.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY
Students learn the principles of good photography including composition, light, value, texture, and camera angles from a professional photographer. By applying these basic elements, students create portraits, action photographs, landscapes, photo essays, or photo collages. Additionally, students learn about famous photographers and may take trips to photography exhibitions. Digital photography, photo editing, and digital manipulation can also be taught using the school's equipment. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
This fast-paced program introduces students to a range of visual arts techniques such as drawing, painting, and printmaking. Working from personal experience and famous artworks, students create a range of projects including portraits, stilllife drawings, landscape paintings, and figure drawing in a variety of digital and traditional art media. This program is excellent for beginners who want a rapid introduction to many artistic genres and media, as well as for advanced students interested in building a strong portfolio to apply to specialized high schools or colleges of art.
 
PORTRAITS AND SELF-PORTRAITS
Students examine famous portraits created by artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol. A LEAP artist teaches various painting techniques used by different artists. Students use these techniques as inspiration to establish their own styles and create self-portraits. This program incorporates biography and autobiography.
 
PRINTMAKING
A professional printmaker introduces students to several artists, from Albrecht Durer to Roy Lichtenstein, and teaches printmaking skills and techniques. Students then create their own monoprints, silk screens, and/or linocuts.
 
MOSAIC
A LEAP artist introduces the art of mosaic from a historical and multicultural perspective. Students learn about mosaic designs and patterns, as well as the various materials used, and then create their own mosaics.
 
PUBLIC ART
This program is designed to empower students to speak out on social issues in their communities through the creation and public exhibition of art. Students explore issues of importance to them; study the history, practice and power of public art; visit with distinguished guest artists, and ultimately express their viewpoints and ideas through the creation of large-scale artworks using a school lunchroom table as a canvas. Following a citywide opening event, the final artworks are displayed in a 10-park summer exhibition, comprising the largest student exhibition in the history of NYC Parks and the first to span the five boroughs. Limited availability.
 
PUPPETRY
Students make puppets and create puppet shows inspired by traditions from around the world. A professional puppeteer teaches the art of puppetry from historical and cultural perspectives, and includes shadow, giant, finger, Bunraku, papiermâché, fabric, sock, and marionette puppets.
 
SCULPTURE
Students learn to use mass, form, negative space, and other concepts of three dimensional art to create original sculptures. Students explore diverse media including wire, clay, found objects, metal, and wood to create sculptures modeled after large Dubuffets, crushed Chamberlains, soft Oldenbergs, or stark Nevelson reliefs. A visit to a museum can be incorporated into this program.
 
STAINED GLASS
Working with a professional artist, students study the art and craft of stained glass and then create their own works of art, ranging from self-portraits to landscape pictures. A trip to the Tiffany collection at the Queens Museum can be incorporated into this program.
 
UNDERSTANDING HISTORY THROUGH ART™
Students in grades 4–12 select a period of history and study its art and artists. With a professional artist, students create works of art based on their chosen historic period, art form, or individual artist. Projects can range from the study of Egyptian tomb paintings to Andy Warhol and American Pop Art.
 
FRIDA KAHLO - SURREALISTIC IMAGERY
Students study Kahlo, a Mexican surrealist artist, whose works reflect the magical realism of South and Central America. Students create their own works of art based on her style and technique.
 
URBAN ART
In this program, students examine the work of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bansky, and other public artists as they learn to transform everyday images into powerful works of urban art. Students then use typography, calligraphy, graphic design, collage techniques, and over-painting to express their vision of the street-life and cityscapes of their own neighborhood. Visualizing Life: Photography and Poetry This program intertwines photography and poetry as students create powerful images and write poems to accompany their work. Students learn about composition, framing, and lighting, and make zoetropes, layered photo-collages, and photographic displays that express their creative story. This program aligns with the national STEM initiatives.
 
VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY
 
VIDEO - TRICKS OF THE TRADE
A LEAP videographer helps students create, direct, and edit original documentaries, dramas, comedies, and advertisements. Students learn to identify and use visual cues, close-up, and wide shots, along with editing fundamentals, to convey meaning and create a cohesive visual story and film.
 
YOUNG FILMMAKERS – VISUAL STORYTELLERS
Students explore the importance of images in telling a story before creating their own videos. They begin with in-depth screenplay writing that provides students both a creative outlet and a strong grasp of literary composition. They then work collaboratively to create and edit the final videos which they will screen for an audience of their teachers, parents, and peers. Documentary Video This hands-on program emphasizes the importance of the students' own lives, interests, backgrounds, and communities. Students learn the art of direct film and create original character-driven documentaries in the style of Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom, or issue-based videos in the style of Sicko and Super Size Me.
 
ANIMATED FILMS
Working with a professional animator, students learn the basic principles of animation by making flip-books. Students storyboard films and then create short collage, cell, or clay animation films on a wide range of subjects. Students can also create computerized animations using video arts and the school computers. Developing Media Literacy: Messages & Marketing Students look at the way the media both creates and reflects popular opinion and learn to analyze the messages that are targeted at teens. Students then respond to media bias by creating their own video segments, advertisements, and public service announcements. By becoming media literate, students are empowered to make a positive contribution to society, challenge cynicism, and apathy, and become agents of change.
 
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
After studying the principles of photography from composition to camera angles, students use the school's equipment to take digital photographs. They learn how to import these images to school computers and then manipulate the images using simple photo-editing software. Finally, students write texts to accompany their images and create photo essays and books.
 
GRAPHIC ARTS
Using the school's computer graphics programs, students in grades 3–12 learn desktop publishing, graphics manipulation, drawing, scanning, and/or morphing. Students study the art of graphic design and apply what they have learned to produce their own brochures, publications, flyers, or posters.
 
WEB DESIGN
Students use computers to design and create interactive web pages including text, images, and simple animations. Using the school’s software, a LEAP computer artist shows students how to maximize the potential of this versatile medium to design, create, and maintain dynamic, informative, and visually appealing websites.
 
 
MULTI-CULTURAL ARTS
 
MULTI-CULTURAL ARTS
A professional artist introduces students to art forms and artists from around the world, from Frida Kahlo's portraiture to Sergei Prokofiev's scores, and from Katsushika Hokusai's woodblock prints to Ladysmith Black Mambazo's powerful songs. Students learn the music, dance, theater, and/or arts and crafts of a particular region such as North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. They then create their own performances or art based on the culture or art form. All programs are integrated into the social studies, ELA, and arts curricula.
 
EAST ASIAN CULTURE - EAST ASIAN ARTS
Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, Sumi-e painting, Chinese opera masks, Korean screen painting, Indonesian Batak weaving and shadow puppets, Bunraku puppets, East Asian architecture, ceramics, and jewelry are all available in this program.
 
FANCIFUL FOLK ART
Students learn about the historic and cultural significance of items such as masks, metalwork, bead-work, dolls, pottery, basketry, weaving, toys, instruments, and sand craft. Students then create their own folk art based on the particular culture they are studying. This program easily integrates into ELA. Australia and New Zealand - Art & Culture Students learn how the indigenous peoples of New Zealand and Australia are connected to the land and sea around them and how their art reflects their cultural beliefs. Students create bark paintings, tell stories through dot and stencil paintings, and create heavily ornamented Maori-style treasure objects.
 
CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY
Students learn about the development of Chinese calligraphy and how it has influenced and been influenced by Chinese culture. A LEAP artist introduces them to the Chinese writing system and the structure of calligraphy styles, as they learn to use a brush and ink. Finally, students make Chinese scrolls on rice paper.
 
SOUTH ASIAN CULTURE - SOUTH ASIAN ARTS
Students work with an artist knowledgeable in South Asian culture to create Indian miniatures, Mogul paintings, calligraphy, architectural models of mosques, mosaics or batik, or study and replicate the music, instruments, or dances of Southeast Asia.
 
CARIBBEAN CULTURE - CARIBBEAN ARTS
Classes explore several Caribbean art forms such as Taino jewelry and textiles and the dances, music, reggae, and rhythms of the Caribbean.
 
LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE - LATIN AMERICAN ARTS
This program explores the art of the Amazon Mexican murals, Mayan masks, Olmec sculpture, pre-Columbian ceramics, Ayamaran and Andean music, Chilean folk music, Brazilian Capoeira, and other Latin American art traditions.
 
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND - ART & CULTURE
Students learn how the indigenous peoples of New Zealand and Australia are connected to the land and sea around them and how their art reflects their cultural beliefs. Students create bark paintings, tell stories through dot and stencil paintings, and create heavily ornamented Maori-style treasure objects.
 
ISLAMIC CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD
A LEAP artist works with students to explore diverse Islamic cultures, from Turkey and Indonesia to Bosnia and Bangladesh. They create arts projects based on Islamic art, such as Arabic calligraphy or the miniature paintings of the Ottoman Empire.