Reading the Canvas Coming Soon

Ever stood in front of an artwork with no idea of what you are looking at? Try treating it like book! Reading the Canvas, in partnership with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, takes learners on a secret mission of how to “read” modern and contemporary art to uncover hidden symbols, clues, and messages. Learners will be led on a wild goose chase through the Hirshhorn’s galleries, library, and conservation lab as they take on their mission. To prove themselves worthy of joining a secret art society, their analytical, critical, and intuitive thinking skills will be strengthened and tested. Made for middle school learners, participants will walk away with excellent research skills, an understanding of art, what it looks like to work in a museum, and increased curiosity. With code-cracking, close-looking, and help from all departments of the Hirshhorn, are your learners up for the task?!

Recommended Grade Levels: 6-8

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Note: This trunk relies on the users being able to scan QR codes and watch videos on Vimeo. Your group will need 3-6 wifi-enabled devices to operate this trunk.