Kids in the Gallery
Kids in the Gallery is a program promoting visual literacy and art appreciation through field trips to the RiverArts Gallery in downtown Chestertown for teachers and students in grades 1-5. The expedition begins with a guided tour of the current exhibit in the Gallery including discussions about the work they see, including mediums, techniques, and meanings. Then, the group moves to the KidSPOT studio next door for a follow-up activity that engages with the themes and topics addressed in the exhibit.
In addition to teaching visual literacy and art appreciation, this program fosters interest in our creative community and demystifies art and arts spaces, instilling a sense of pride and belonging in the gallery. After their tour, children are encouraged to return to the gallery with their families and reminded that when they do, they will be their family’s docent for the exhibit they have just seen.
Visual literacy is a crucial 21st century skill which enables students to recognize, interpret, understand, and appreciate information presented visually through actions, objects and symbols. The ability to view images critically is included in state and national school standards.
Program Director Elizabeth Healy is a retired elementary school teacher with a passion for Kids in the Gallery. Working with teachers at local schools, Elizabeth creates a meaningful field trip that enhances existing curriculum goals for the participating grade levels.
For more information, please call RiverArts at 410 778 6300 or email Executive Director Maria Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chestertown Christian Academy
315 High Street, Suite 108