School Tours & Workshops
Learn science, social studies, art and technology through inspiring art and engaging workshops at the Whatcom Museum. These STEAM-based Art FUNdamentals programs meet the Next Generation Science Standard #5-ESS3-1: “Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect Earth’s resources and environment.”Click on the link below to learn more about our Vanishing Ice tour and workshop offered November 4, 2013 through February 28, 2014. Vanishing Ice Art Fundamentals Tour information
Click on the Tours and Workshops link in the menu to the right to find out about the different curriculum focuses available for your classroom experience.
In the Vanishing Ice museum experience, students learn about:
- Alpine and polar regions as unique ecosystems.
- Human relationships to ice: expeditions, exploitations and experiencing the awe.
- Scientific discoveries and artistic documentation from artistic renditions to high tech innovations.
- What it means to lose our ice: effects on climate, rising sea levels, changing habitats.
- Artists’ interpretations of icy landscapes: from representational to metaphoric.
Featuring 90 works of art focused on Earth’s icy ecosystems, Vanishing Ice introduces visitors to the beauty of ice and educates them about the impacts of climate change. The accompanying Washington’s Changing Climate exhibition portrays the effects of climate change in the Northwest and its consequences on native peoples, glaciers, salmon and shellfish. It includes a display of expeditionary artist tools and information on actions we can take to reduce the impact of climate change. Students can also see the Melting Ice installation, a 10 x 10 x 10-foot ice cube left to melt in our courtyard, starting November 4.
Programs for grades 4-5 (adaptable for other grades) include:
- Pre-tour with information on the exhibition themes and art concepts (45-60 minutes at your school)
- Exhibition tour at the museum (one hour)
- Hands-on workshop teaching art skills and reinforcing learning (one hour, 15 minutes)
- Follow-up opportunities to connect your class to international climate science projects
$5 per student for pre-tour, tour and workshop; $4 for tour only. Title 1 discounts available.
High demand is expected for these programs; we recommend you schedule at least 3 weeks in advance.
Contact Mary Jo Maute, 360-778-8961, firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule online. Click on Art FUNdamentals and fill out the form. Be sure to select a tour option (Why Ice Matters or Expedition Evolution) and a workshop option (Why ice Matters, Ice Core Art, or Phenology Wheels) and include your selections in the comment box. Information about these options are shown in the Tours and Workshops link in the School Tours menu./box]