Programs for Schools
Let the Wexner Center help you expand your classroom with all the connections contemporary art can offer. Drawing from the center’s exhibitions, performances, and film/video screenings, our programs emphasize active looking and learning and complement curricula in language arts, social studies, science, foreign languages, math, and history—as well as in the arts. School programs help K–12 students work toward key academic content standards by encouraging the development of critical thinking, comprehension skills, and creativity.
Check this page for current and upcoming events for schools.
School tours highlight the Wexner Center's exhibitions and architecture, with content that is age appropriate and can be customized to enhance your classroom curriculum. Tours and admission for students, teachers, and chaperones is free. Find details on the Tours page.
Teachers, are you bringing your class to the Wexner Center soon? Find out more about our upcoming exhibitions here.
Pages: Art and Literacy
High school students participating in the Pages program visit the Wexner Center at least three times during the school year, to experience visual arts, performing arts, and film projects, and to develop their own responses through poetry, prose, and art work. Pages is free for participants, including transportation and admission. We are now accepting applications for the 2017–18 school year. Find out more about Pages here.
Art & Ecology: Youth
Do you have a student who is eco-conscious, interested in contemporary art, and will be in grades 10–12 in the fall of 2017? Art & Ecology: Youth at the Wexner Center is their chance to learn about the intersections of art and ecological issues at Ohio State, while earning high school credit. The program involves field trips to ecological sites on Ohio State’s campus and throughout Ohio, comprehensive online coursework, and personal visits from artists working with ecological issues. It also provides students the opportunity to exhibit their own environmentally informed art at the Wexner Center. The course meets most Wednesdays, 3–5 pm, during the first half of the school year. Supplies are provided, along with transportation assistance.
Applications for 2017 are now being accepted. Find more information here. In-school presentations about the program are available during the school year for groups of interested students.
Every thinking mind needs a worldview. This half-day seminar for middle school students builds upon the cross-cultural understandings and perspectives that engage and influence many contemporary artists. Each year, the Wexner Center invites artists making work of cultural, political, social, and economic impact who offer students a broad cultural context for critical and creative thinking and help them gain global literacy. Subject to availability, this program provides experiences with multiple art-making disciplines, including visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography), media arts (filmmaking and video art), and performing arts (theatre, dance, and music).
Contemporary Art in Practice
Each exhibition in our galleries presents opportunities to explore different techniques employed by today’s artists. In these programs, students tour an exhibition or watch a film, then work directly with an artist to expand their knowledge of a specific art form. Expanded Classroom also offers hands-on workshops with artists in the classroom.
Zoom and Other International Films for Schools
Each year the Wexner Center presents Zoom, our youth–friendly series celebrating the rich diversity of films from around the world. For our complimentary school screenings for K–8 audiences, we select a range of titles and prepare learning resources with enriching educational content.
For more information on these and other programs for school groups, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (614) 292-6493.
SUPPORT FOR TEACHER AND SCHOOL PROGRAMS
American Electric Power
Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council