Tips For Educators

Customize an ArtPrize Education Days experience for your students! You don't have to be an art expert and you don't have to do it alone. Register here for one of our field trip planning sessions.

 

Click here to watch the ArtPrize 101 video in Spanish.

Free Programs 

ArtPrize Education Days programs are 30–90 minute programs that are free and designed for school groups visiting the ArtPrize event. Program offerings range from guided tours, poetry workshops, STEAM activities, artist-led presentations, design challenges, and much more. All programs include National Core Arts Standards as well as integrated standards ranging from ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Download a program guide (grouped by grades below), then register here

Self-Guided Visits

Download free ArtPrize lesson plans (grouped by grades below) to provide a rich learning experience before, during, and after your students’ ArtPrize visit. Use the links below to preview entries, search for thematic artwork as it relates to your curriculum, and find venues open during the day. We recommend visiting the ArtPrize HUB HQ: it's a great starting or resting location for school groups and houses the 2015 Public Vote Grand Prize Winner.

Transportation Grants

Apply here to help your school offset transportation costs of getting to ArtPrize. Grants are limited to $100 per school and are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

General Field Trip Information

Additional Resources 

Print, decorate, cut out, and take PNC Junior Pig E. Banks to your ArtPrize Education Days field trip. Capture a selfie and share your photo by sending it to education@artprize.org. Follow #PigEBanks to keep up with Junior’s ArtPrize adventures. 

Questions? Email becca@artprize.org.

Early Childhood Education

Free Programs

  • Program Guide (coming soon)
  • Registration (opens August 24, 2016)

Early Childhood Friday Series - Early Childhood providers and ArtPrize Education Days are partnering to provide fun interactive family/educator engagement events so educators, parents, and students can explore, play, and learn together at the ArtPrize event.  

  • Head Start of Kent County: September 23, 2016
  • ELNC and Friends: September 30, 2016
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools: October 7, 2016

Lesson Plans

  •  Self-Guided Lesson Plans (coming soon)

Grades K–6

Free Programs

  • Program Guide (coming soon)
  • Registration (opens August 24, 2016)

Lesson Plans

Grades 7–12

Free Programs

  • Program Guide (coming soon)
  • Registration (opens August 24, 2016)

Lesson Plans

Afterschool

ArtPrize Education Days partners with afterschool programs to design and support customized ArtPrize field trip experiences for students. For ArtPrize Eight, we are partnering with the LOOP afterschool programming, serving Grand Rapids Public Schools. To partner with ArtPrize Education Days and/or plan your after-school field trip, contact becca@artprize.org.

STEAM Village

Art is not extracurricular—it is essential.

Art generates creative thinkers who drive innovation, inspire empathy, and define culture. Creativity is the core of innovation. Without it, we compromise the future’s leading minds in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

STEAM Village Learning Lab - Visit our unique learning lab experience in the STEAM Village that combines the power of the arts with technology, science, engineering, and math. 

  • Planet3: an immersive game-based platform that explores the planet’s history and future.
  • Tilt Brush: a virtual reality experience.
  • Code.org: an online coding program.
  • ArtPrize Labs tinker table.
  • 2015 Public Vote Grand Prize Winner, Northwood Awakening.

Hours and Programs

  • School groups only 9 –10 a.m., Monday-Thursday 
  • School programs 10–11 a.m., Monday-Thursday (link coming soon)
  • General public open daily 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Art of Science: Featuring Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin: This program explores the importance of art and innovation for the future of our Planet. Featuring an expert in merging remote exploration with crowdsourced citizen science and emergent collective reasoning, Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin has founded and directed numerous programs including the UC San Diego National Geographic Engineers for Exploration Program, the Exploration Lab, the Distributed Health Labs, and the Valley of the Khans Project. 

Program Registration

  • Register your school here (link coming soon)
  • Program information for general public (link coming soon)

STEAM Village powered by  

Independent Youth Programs

ArtPrize is proud to provide support to these independently organized educational programs that benefit students, educators, and school programs in the Grand Rapids community.

SmartArt Competition Presented by Consumers Energy

ArtPrize is excited for Consumers Energy’s fourth annual SmartArt competition—a contest for high school students focused on sustainability, in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools. Check out the finalists’ artwork on display in the lobby of the 50 Monroe building. And be sure to watch the ArtPrize Eight Public Vote Final 20 Announcement on October 2, where the SmartArt competition's top winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Consumers Energy.

Envision Education Program Presented by Amway

Amway commissioned the 2016 ArtPrize Partner Schools to create 200 works of art for the Amway World Headquarters. Each school will be given a $2,500 commission to help with the direct cost of making the artwork; any unused funds will go toward purchasing supplies for the art education classrooms. Each school participating will also have the opportunity to meet directly with Amway and ArtPrize staff for a consultation and critique before completing the final piece. A community opening for schools and families will take place after the ArtPrize event.

ArtPrize Partner Schools

ArtPrize Partner Schools model progressive approaches to teaching and learning; they work closely with ArtPrize year-round to design best-practice resources and deepen their students' ArtPrize experience within the classroom. Partners must all be located within the city of Grand Rapids or serve Grand Rapids youth, and must also ​demonstrate a need for increased transportation and program registration support. Interested in becoming an ArtPrize Partner School? Contact becca@artprize.org.

2016 ArtPrize Partner Schools

ArtPrize Labs

Sponsored by Amway, Grand Valley State University, and Herman Miller Cares.

ArtPrize Labs provides families and people of all ages unique experiential learning opportunities through free activities, events, and expert-produced activity resources. While visiting ArtPrize, be sure to drop into an ArtPrize Labs with your family. 

  • ArtPrize Labs Drop-In Studio - Visit the drop-in studio for a self-directed creative experience.
  • ArtPrize Labs Studio Events - Attend a studio event featuring hands-on art activities and creative experiments.
  • ArtPrize Labs Mobile Workshop - Stop by the new mobile workshop for pop-up art-making activities with repurposed materials.

Partner Programs

  • Family Day @ UICA - Families and people of all ages are invited to attend morning activities located in UICA's premier theater.
  • GRAMStudio - Drop into GRAMStudio during ArtPrize to create a work of art inspired by ArtPrize artist Saya Woolfalk’s entry.
  • Alphabet Soup - Families are invited to join Artists Creating Together (ACT) to participate in art activities at the Downtown Market.
  • Sensory Finger Painting - The Comprehensive Therapy Center would like to welcome families of children with disabilities to ArtPrize by offering a sensory-friendly activity in an accessible space.
  • Grand Rapids Kids Stroller Tours - This event is for families with young children that want to explore ArtPrize as a group.
  • GRCM Kids ArtFest  - Spend an afternoon exploring the wonderful world of art!
  • GRCM Family Art Night - Drop-in with a reduced GRCM Admission of $1.75 per person for Family Night.