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Sign-up now for free hands-on learning at the Crooked Tree Arts Center.  We’ve designed our guided tours to be accessible and approachable for all ages.

Here’s what your students will do:

They’ll EXPLORE!

Students will go on a guided tour of the galleries and be introduced to visual language used to describe art.

They’ll EXAMINE!

Through this experience, students will demonstrate critical thinking by discussing and analyzing original works of art. 

They’ll EXPERIMENT!

Students will use a variety of art materials and methods to create their own work of art related to the current exhibit.

Upcoming tours are listed below:


Fall Guided Gallery Tour with Hands-On Activity:

Woven Together: The Fiber Work of Sherri Smith & The Influence of Sherri Smith
Monday-Friday, September 26– November 16  (9:30-11:00 AM)

Mercury, Sherri Smith

 

Your students will:

Explore

 

Students will see the original work of fiber artist Sherri Smith.  For nearly 50 years, fiber artist Sherri Smith has been impacting and influencing the field of fiber arts around the world. Smith’s artwork came to prominence after being included in the 1969 groundbreaking exhibition, Wall Hangings, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Smith’s exhibition features work from her most recent series, Astronomy. Inspired by NASA images made by space missions and telescopes, old astronomy drawings, and lunar maps, Smith’s work is a celebration of our ultimate explorations.

 

Examine

 

Students will learn new vocabulary for describing and discussing art. Through the guided tour, docents will encourage thoughtful observation and critical thinking for appreciating contemporary art.

 

Experiment

 

Students will learn to create and weave with their own cardboard loom.  

 

Please call or email Megan DeWindt to book this tour at (231) 347-1236.

 

 


Winter Guided Gallery Tour with Hands-On Activity:

2019 Juried Photography Exhibition & Here & There
Monday-Friday, January 23– March 29 (9:30-11:00 AM)

Here and There

Your students will:

Explore

 

Photography is taking over Crooked Tree Arts Center! In one gallery, our annual juried photography exhibition will feature outstanding examples of photography by artists working throughout the region. In our second gallery, three American artists exhibit photographs exploring the theme of place.

 

Examine

 

Students will learn vocabulary specific to photography.  They will describe and discuss the works on display their new vocabulary. Students will be introduced to concepts of visual language and will practice reading images.

 

Experiment

 

Continuing to consider image as language, students will combine photographic images and text to create their own work of art.  
 

 

Please call or email Megan DeWindt to book this tour at (231) 347-1236.


Spring Self-Guided Tour:

2019 Youth Art Show
Monday-Friday, April 15-May 10 (9:30-11:30 AM) & (12:30-2:30 PM)

Youth Art Show

 

Your students will:

Explore

 

Student artwork! Our annual Youth Art Show features K-12 student work throughout Charlevoix and Emmet counties. 

 

Examine

 

Teachers are invited to use our Beyond the Exhibit scavenger hunt to examine over 1,000 works of art by area students.

 

Experiment

 

While there is no hands-on activity with this tour, we hope that students leave the Youth Art Show feeling inspired and challenged to create!

 

Please call or email Megan DeWindt to reserve a time for your class to view this exhibit of student work at (231) 347-1236.