Education Days

Educators, bring your class to ArtPrize! Our Education Days Kits have everything you need to create a rich learning experience for your students. Registration required.*

Early Childhood

  • Education Days Kit (Coming Soon)
  • Program Guide (Coming Soon)

*Registration Opens August 26, 2015.

Grades K–6

  • Education Days Kit (Coming Soon)
  • Program Guide (Coming Soon)

*Registration Opens August 26, 2015.

Grades 7–12

  • Education Days Kit (Coming Soon)
  • Program Guide (Coming Soon)

*Registration Opens August 26, 2015.

Transportation Grants

Grants of up to $100 per school are available on a first-come, first-served basis to help aleviate the cost of transportation to ArtPrize.

*2015 Transportation Grant Applications Open August 26, 2015.

Education Days brought to you by:
PNC Bank

Family Days

Bring your family to ArtPrize! ArtPrize is a creative playground full of fun opportunities to explore, learn, and grow together. Check out these engaging programs and resources that will help enrich your family's ArtPrize experience. No registration required.

  • Pathway Guide (Coming Soon)
  • 2015 Programs (Coming Soon)

Year-round Programming

ArtPrize is more than a 19-day event. We offer year-round experiential learning opportunities through events, educational resources, workshops, youth art competitions, and residencies. Registration required.

Teens

Adults + Educators

2014 Archived Resources

2014 Lesson Plans

The ArtPrize Education Curriculum Develoment Committee is comprised of educators from the Grand Rapids region and beyond. This committee meets monthly to create lesson plans based on ArtPrize 2014 registered artworks. All lesson plans integrate art with other disciplines. They are all about rigor and relevance.

Lesson 1: Book Art By Lisa Geren 

This lesson is based on the ArtPrize 2014 work: Memories Unfolded by Sun Young Kang. By the end of this lesson, the student will be able to create a work of art with multiple connected visuals that tell a personal story, explore an artistic style, or express a special interest of importance to the artist.​

Lesson 2: Welded Thoughts by Dan Slagter 

This lesson is based on the ArtPrize 2014 work: You Have Options by Christopher Yockey. By the end of this lesson, the student will be able to compare and contrast three different sculptures by three different artists.  

Lesson 3: Non-Objective Emotion Paintings by Colleen O'Donnell

Students will create a non-objective painting based on an emotion of their choice. Feeling emotion is an integral and essential part of the human experience, but everyone expresses their emotions in different ways. Creating a piece of abstract art that portrays a particular emotion will be extremely valuable to 5th grade students who are just on the brink of entering their teen years in which they will be physiologically able to consider abstract thinking. Teenagers experience countless of new emotions during their adolescent years and to learn a new non-verbal way of expressing those emotions can be extremely helpful to them. Talking with their peers about shared emotions and experiences will help students develop their social skills and help them relate and connect to each other. 

Lesson 4: Fibonacci Asthetics by Tanya Lockwood

This lesson explores how mathematics, especially geometry, is used in the creation of art. The students will learn how artists use Fibonacci Sequence to create the most pleasing compositions in order to hold a viewer's interest and to create strong focal points in art. Once students understand and know how to create the Fibonacci Sequence they will then apply their knowledge during an ArtPrize field trip in discovering which artists utilized Fibonacci Sequencing in their art. How we determine what is beautiful is based on aesthetics. Students will learn about formal, personal, and contextual aesthetics. Knowing “why” we like something is relevant for students because it will allow them a greater understanding of what is good art as they view art entries at ArtPrize.

2014 Downloads & Resources

Education Days Teacher Packet

This comprehensive resource for teachers includes details and classroom activities for all educational programs and the Learning Standards for each program.

Self-guided Tour for Teachers

Designed specifically for teachers who are unable to register their classroom for a formal program or educators leading a school group on their own, this information packet provides discussion questions and activities related to specific Entries to help guide your experience and understanding of contemporary art at ArtPrize. 

Self-guided Tour for Families and Small Groups

Designed for parents, families, and curious individuals, this information packet provides discussion questions and activities related to specific Entries to help guide your experience and understanding of contemporary art at ArtPrize.