School Field Trip Programs

Land as a Canvas: Voices from the Land

FOR: PreK-1st Graders (This program can work with a number of Special Education groups) Frederic Church considered Olana (the house and the landscape) his greatest work of art. In this ½ day field trip, students will visit one room inside, tour the building exterior, and enjoy a short hike in the landscape In this ½ day field trip, students will visit one room inside, tour the building exterior, and enjoy a short hike in the landscape. After exploring, students will make art from found materials in Olana’s landscape. Read More

Land as a Canvas: Voices from the Land

The Art of 2-D to 3-D and Back Again: Art, Land, and Architecture

FOR: K-5 Frederic E. Church spent his career turning three dimensional views into two dimensional paintings; and sketches and architectural drafts into buildings and landscapes. How does one translate between 2D and 3D?  During this day-long visit, students will begin by touring parts of the house in order to study specific relationships between art, design, and architecture. Read More

The Art of 2-D to 3-D and Back Again: Art, Land, and Architecture

Islamic Design: Persian Influence and Geometry at Olana

FOR: 4th-8th Graders Frederic E. Church and his family travelled extensively in the Middle East in the 1860s. His home, Olana, was designed and built just after this trip—so the Hudson River Region boasts a rare glimpse into designs of ancient Persia! During this day-long visit students will tour Olana; then, with sketchbooks in hand, students will hike and sketch geometric designs that combine nature and geometry. Read More

Islamic Design: Persian Influence and Geometry at Olana

From Sketch to Study to Painting: Studying Frederic Church’s Method from en plein air to Studio

FOR: Scalable content for 3rd Grade – High School Frederic E. Church created dozens of studies and sketches outside in the landscape before creating his masterpiece canvases inside. Students will tour Olana, hike the grounds, and study Church’s en plein air art. During this day-long visit, students will take notebooks and drawing boards into the landscape to make art and notations in the style of Church. Read More

From Sketch to Study to Painting: Studying Frederic Church’s Method from en plein air to Studio

Transcendentalist Philosophy & Olana: Odes to Nature and Nature Writing

FOR: Grades 9-12 While The Hudson River School was the first art movement in the USA, Transcendentalism was the first philosophical moment. Frederic Church read and travelled with Ralph Waldo Emerson, read Thoreau and Wake Robin written by naturalist John Burroughs. Read More

Transcendentalist Philosophy & Olana: Odes to Nature and Nature Writing

Wayfinding Story at Olana: Mapping a New History with Artistic & Digital Platforms

FOR: Grades 9-12 Wayfinding: Imaging History with (Our)Story is a participatory art project by artist Dawn Breeze, that invites high school students to make art using their cell phones and/or digital cameras in Frederic Church’s landscapes. Their art (still, video, and words) contribute to a collaborative art piece in an online gallery space. Read More

Wayfinding Story at Olana: Mapping a New History with Artistic & Digital Platforms

ON-GOING

The Extra Credit Project: All Ages The Olana Partnership promotes the idea that learning is a lifelong pursuit and that students benefit from learning in museums and the classroom. We offer students from any school district within 50 miles of the site, free entrance to any of our public programs if their teacher is willing to give “extra credit.” Read More

ON-GOING

Funding Opportunity for 4th Graders

Over the past year the Connect Kids Field Trip Refund Grant program enabled over 30,000 school children to connect with the outdoors (and history) by refunding field trip expenses to State lands. Read More

Funding Opportunity for 4th Graders