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Into the classrooms: Speed Art Museum launches Art Detectives program to enhance students’ skills of art observation




The Speed Art Museum wants to take students on an art adventure.

The Speed’s learning and enhancement team developed a classroom experience that will “have a lasting impact on students’ learning and observation skills,” related to visual arts standards, according to a news release.

Tailored to students at the elementary, middle and high school levels, Art Detectives brings artwork, cultural artifacts, conservator tools and mysteries into school classrooms around the region, according to the release.

From the release:

It is an engaging experience that gives students the opportunity to act as fine arts professionals as they study and handle actual objects, then analyze their findings through interactions and writing exercises led by Art Detectives facilitators.

“There are twelve different cases, each with original objects and a tailored curriculum. We want the students in this program to discover the history and culture of these objects while they learn the importance of preservation in a museum,” said Ghislain d’Humières, Speed Art Museum director.

Students at Engelhard Elementary School were part of the testing in the program’s development stages, according to the release.

“Our students loved the Art Detectives program! It was such a unique opportunity for the kids to explore real artifacts, and it was great to watch them as they made predictions, shared their individual perspectives, and were surprised and supported in their observations,” stated Jennifer Stewart, Engelhard teacher, in the release.

Through the generosity of an art fund grant from Louisville Metro Government, Art Detectives will be offered at no cost, while funding lasts, with preference to Title One schools in JCPS, according to the release.

Art Detectives is open to all schools and non-profits in Jefferson County and surrounding areas for a nominal fee.

You can get additional information here.

About the Speed Art Museum:

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed continues to play an important role in outreach initiatives, workshops, tours and art-related school programs. The Speed is currently closed and undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North and South Building, 150 seat theater, Art Park and a public Piazza. “Local Speed” — the Museum’s temporary home — was established recently in downtown Louisville’s trendy NuLu district at 822 E. Market St. Local Speed has 6,000 sq.ft. of special exhibition and programming space as well as administrative offices for museum staff.


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