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You’ll find much to interest your art students at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. The John L. Wehle Art Gallery--now closed for renovation--collection of 1000 works by internationally recognized artists is a wonderful resource for students in art, science and history, and it provides rich opportunities for analysis and reflection connected to work in English Language Arts. When open, the gallery is available for general tours and special student enrichment options. The interiors of houses in the historic village exhibit a variety of fine art, including paintings, prints, and sculptures, as well as folk art and crafts from the entire span of the 19th century.
The village includes an impressive variety of architecture, with styles ranging from log house, and cobblestone to Greek Revival and Victorian. The structures make fine subjects for sketching and photography. The Genesee Country Nature Center, with its trails and interpretive center, provides plenty of inspiration for student artwork. Its plants, animals, fossils and landforms are ideal for sketching and sculpting.
NYS Learning Standards:
A1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts
A2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
A3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
A4: Understanding the Cultural Contributions of the Arts
Home for the Holidays
This one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program traces the evolution of winter holiday celebrations in America through the 19th century, with special emphases on the contributions of various cultural groups. Historic buildings decorated to period are staffed by museum educators who help students understand the cumulative and changing nature of holiday observances. Students are invited to join in holiday activities during their visit. You may opt to have students make a tin ornament of their own by working alongside the village tinsmith for an extra charge.
Can't make it to the museum? Let us bring our “Moveable Museum” programs to you. These in-classroom learning experiences are excellent on their own or as a pre- or post-visit experience to enhance the lessons of your field trip.
Museum educators bring touchable, usable objects to your classroom in connection with standards-relevant themed programs specially designed to fit with your curriculum. Programs are designed for small class-sized groups and last 45-60 minutes.
All music in the 19th century was live and unplugged. With the guidance of a museum educator, your students will learn about musical instruments available in the 19th century, including the American reed organ, autoharp and pennywhistle, and they will discover the social and historical contexts of familiar patriotic songs and folk songs from America and abroad.
In the 19th century, dancing was a great form of physical exercise as well as a good opportunity for social interaction. Your students will learn some dance steps and then try them out to 19th-century music.
Costuming is an integral interpretive tool at Genesee Country Village & Museum. In this program, we bring you a sampling of 19th-century clothing styles along with explanations of the origins and functions of costume elements. The program can be customized to suit your specific needs and time frame and may be requested in either a lecture format or as a fashion show. Pricing reflects the number of models and program length.
Our museum educator uses quilts to bring to life the touching story of a 19th-century girl and her quilt. Based on The Quilt Story written by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
Festive seasonal decorating flourished in Victorian America, and preparations began months in advance. Using historical documentation reflecting the cultural origins of various Victorian holiday traditions, a museum educator facilitates your students’ recreation of the spirit and charm of 19th-century yuletide celebrations.
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm Tues.-Sun.
Closed Mondays except for May 27, Sept. 2 & Oct. 14