The Niki Charitable Art Foundation’s Education Program offers free educational opportunities through online learning courses, online lesson series, public art tours (currently postponed) and in-class teaching at K-12 schools though our partnerships with Art CORPS and ArtReach.
We are offering three opportunities for at home learning: Drawing Break!, Artist Sketchbook Class, and Lesson Plan resources.
The Niki Charitable Art Foundation is hosting weekly live drawing sessions via Instagram. Please follow us @niki_charitable_art_foundation.
As of September 2020 we have suspended Drawing Break!, and will post on social media when this activity resume. Any feedback is welcome
All prior sessions are archived and available for view on our instagram story highlights for those who would like to catch up on their own. Or they may be viewed on our Guided Activities.
Artist Sketch Book Class
The Niki Charitable Art Foundation has completed an online art course recommended, but not limited, to students between the ages of 7-12. In this course we experimented with different forms of art-making such as painting, collaging, drawing, mixed media and found material. Through our creativity and learning new techniques, the children produces an Artist Sketchbook. Each page was filled with a different prompt or project that students saved as reference for future art projects. They may expand the prompts from the class into a larger format. This class was fully online and available to anyone with internet access. Materials are listed in the link below.
This course took place twice a week via Zoom for 10 weeks. As we are planning new opportunities to teach such online classes, we encourage you give us feedback, and let us know if you will need financial assistance when purchasing materials. We would be happy to mail you an art kit directly from Blick Art Supplies! If you are able to purchase materials on your own, please see the materials list below. If you would like to help to provide for our community, donate a kit to your friend, neighbor, or classmate in need.
Visit our Lesson Plans to view art projects can be done in school settings guided by education professionals or at home with parental and instructional guidance, using simple materials. Among these projects are Printmaking & Letter-writing, Abstract Plaster Sculptures, and Found Material Assemblages.
Public Art Tours
Due to Covid-19 and in respect to our community’s health monthly Public Art Tours are currently postponed. Please check back with us to stay up to date on when the tours will start, or sign up for our newsletter here.
Photo: Children with Inflatable Nanas at Le Paradis Fantastique, Conservatory Garden Central Park, New York, May 1968. Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust.