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Art of History 2015-2016

"By working in groups, this series exposed my children to thoughts and ideas from other children. Seeing and touching objects from the museum allowed my younger child to imagine other times in history.  The unit on slavery was especially thought-provoking for her-- she still mentions (two years later) the tiny shackles intended for enslaved children."

The Art of History is an innovative program that teaches New York and American history, art history, as well as visual arts using tangible historical evidence from the vast collections of New York’s oldest museum. Students will hone their observation and descriptive skills as they create art projects to visually document their history learning. Class topics include Slavery in New YorkThe Civil War & New York, Westward Expansion, Immigration in New York, and Industrialization.


The Art of History
Ages 7 –10
Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
$125 per series, $575 if you book all five.*

Series 1: Slavery in New York
10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Learn what life was life for enslaved African people by analyzing runaway ads. Then, using collage material, students create individual panels illustrating these personal stories to form a quilt of images and text.

Series 2: The Civil War & New York
11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Investigate what life was like for New Yorkers during the American Civil War. Then students learn charcoal drawing techniques used by battlefield artists to create illustrations of life on the home front.

Series 3: Westward Expansion
1/8, 1/15, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12

Examine the factors that pushed people west and the challenges they faces once they began their journey. Using ink and watercolor, students create landscape  illustrations depicting life on the frontier.

Series 4: Immigration in New York
2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/8

Use photographs and profiles of individuals to understand the push/pull factors that brought immigrants to New York. Through an exploration of expressionist art techniques, students create a mixed media postcard that illustrates an immigrant’s journey.

Series 5: Industrialization
5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

Discover how the Industrial Revolution impacted New York at the turn of the 20th century. Students use mixed media to illustrate the importance of innovations that emerged during this time.


If you have any questions about Homeschool Academy, please e-mail us at or call (212) 873-3400 ext. 505.

*Note: To guarantee your child’s spot in a class, tuition must be paid in full prior to the first session. To receive the discount for booking all five series, complete payment must be submitted before Series 1. Space is limited, so book now!

Creative: Tronvig Group