!! invites youth and adults to the Firehouse Center for an interactive arts experience. Visits last approximately 1–1.5 hours and begin in the gallery with open-ended questioning, discussion and hands-on activities. Visits conclude in the studio classroom where students will create their own original artwork to take home.

Peoples, Places and Pageantry

January 5–February 13, 2009
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of Samuel De Champlain’s arrival in the Champlain Valley, BCA invites students and teachers to the Firehouse Gallery to explore how artists and filmmakers depict concepts of ancestry, colonialism, heritage and tradition in Vermont and beyond through sculpture, painting, poetry and film.

Students will SEE:
· 2-D and 3-D artwork
· Two short films
· Larger than life totem drums made from wood and clay
· Long hand painted scrolls depicting different cultures and indigenous celebrations
· A variety of artistic mediums and materials including drawing, painting, sculpture, film and poetry

Students will THINK:
· About how the scrolls are a metaphor or symbol for life and represent a continual unfolding or revelation of change and celebration
· About how artists are inspired by music and poetry and the different ways they incorporate it into their work
· About the various ways that contemporary artists use visual and sensory imagery to make important statements about the world we live in
· How contemporary art challenges the viewer and has a variety of meanings
· About the remnants of different cultures and what that can tell us about the people who experienced life at that time
· Their own ancestry and cultural heritage
· About both the significance and the impact of Samuel De Champlain’s arrival to our region 400 years ago
· The geographic, social and political relationships between Vermont, New York and Quebec, Canada

Student will DO:
· Play with interactive totem drums
· Team building activity in the gallery
· Create their own unique artwork in the studio classroom that incorporate concepts found in the exhibition.

Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, History, Reasoning and Problem Solving
Supports Vermont Framework of Standards: Abstract and Creative Thinking/Questioning and Problem Solving: 2.1, 2.2, 2.6, 2.7, 2.10, 2.12; Civic/Social Responsibility: 4.5, 4.6; Arts, Language and Literature: 5.2, 5.4 5.7, 5.24, 5.29, 5.32 History: 6.1, 6.4, 6.5, 6.8, 6.12

To schedule a visit with your group or for more information about future See. Think. Do! Programs, please contact Katie A. Nelson at (802) 865-7551 or [email protected].

Contributions are welcome and will help to cover the cost of arts materials and teaching artists. Suggested contributions range from $50–$75 for groups of 10 or less and $100–$125 for groups of 10 or more.