Start With Art: Hudson River School

Start With Art: Hudson River School

Guided Tour of Hudson River Artworks

The guided tour focuses on the paintings of the Hudson River School, a group of artists who lived and worked in the Hudson River valley during the mid-later 19th century. Topics of discussion may include the methods of the Hudson River artists, journaling, idealism, American Romanticism, Western Expansion, and Hudson River ecosystems and conservation.

Topics and content are modified to be age appropriate for students in 2nd-12th grades.

Hudson River Art Activity

Students head outside (weather permitting) to explore journal drawing in the natural world. Each student will receive a hard-bound journal to work in and take home. Students will practice drawing landscapes, individual leaves or other natural elements, and creating rubbings. The activity will be completed indoors, with modifications, if the weather is poor.

Visual Thinking Strategies TM

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a student-centered discussion method grounded in decades of research and testing. The method uses discussions of art to expand critical thinking skills. Students will use VTS to discuss additional artworks in the gallery.

Learn more about VTS | Get trained in VTS

Extend the Experience

Download the education guide to experience the museum in the classroom.

The education guide includes suggestions for corresponding activities in all curriculum areas.

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Field Trip Information

  • Reservation required 2 weeks in advance—one month or more is recommended for optimum scheduling.
  • 10 participating children are required. Limited to 75 children. Appropriate for ages 4-18.
  • FREE with a scholarship from MGMoA Fund-A-Program. Regular price is $3 per student. School groups traveling by bus or van are eligible for up to $200 reimbursement for bus transportation.
  • 1 chaperon per 10 kids is required and admission is waived. Additional adults are $4 each.

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