Michael Iovenko School Programs
The Drawing Center's Michael Iovenko School Programs invite students to embark on a visual discovery process of the magic of drawing. Since 1980, the Center has reached out to young people by providing discussion and art-making activities inspired by its exhibitions of historical and contemporary drawings.
This unique museum experience is enhanced by the Center's intimate gallery setting. The Drawing Center currently offers two programs comprised of on-site and in-school activities that are free of charge and serve K-12 New York City public school students. Activities foster the development of visual-thinking skills and comply with the New York State Learning Standards in the Arts.
Education and Community Programs at The Drawing Center are made possible by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Major support is provided by The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation. Additional support is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
Draw and Reflect Art Workshop
This on-site workshop engages students with The Drawing Center's exhibitions through a guided tour and hands-on project. Specific works will be discussed in detail in order to practice sustained observation and encourage more personal and thoughtful responses.
The art-making project will take place in the galleries as well, continuing the students' immersion with the work and enabling experimentation with visual concepts.
Through this program, The Drawing Center partners with four neighboring Lower Manhattan public schools to provide students with an in-depth visual art experience. Incorporating a gallery visit and five in-school sessions, Drawing Connections will culminate in an exhibition of the students' artwork in the Center's galleries. A teaching artist will be paired with a classroom teacher for the duration of the program and will develop a project that relates both to topics currently covered in the classroom and to exhibitions on view in the Drawing Room. Students will benefit from guided instruction with a teaching artist and enjoy the accomplishment of seeing their work displayed in a professional museum setting. Each spring, The Drawing Center will exhibit the students' drawings in the galleries and host a special reception for students, teachers, and parents.