Gallery Tours and Workshops
During each exhibition, Women & Their Work invites students from Austin area schools to the gallery for a tour and art-making workshop. Students are led through the exhibitions and conduct discussions about themes in the work on display. When possible, the exhibiting artists themselves lead the tours, illuminating their artistic processes for students and encouraging students to explore their own ideas about the work.
After the gallery tour, students experiment with materials and techniques similar to those used by the exhibiting artist, allowing them to better understand the art-making process. Tours are free to all students and teachers, and W&TW also pays for transportation and for a half-day substitute teacher, if needed.
What more teachers are saying:
"Women & Their Work and the AISD Art Program and staff have a very successful history of working together to benefit the students. I am especially excited about the interdisciplinary approach to many of the tours, discussions and workshops. The multicultural aspect of Women & Their Work's educational program fits right into the goals and objectives that we have for the district program." – Kristen Marstaller, Art Coordinator, Austin Independent School District.
"Women and Their Work has been a critical force in the arts at Eastside High School. Their presence has enriched the lives of many students and has helped my struggling program to flourish." – Margaret Bennett, Art Teacher Eastside High School.
"Women & Their Work’s education programs are an important part of my art curriculum. Our school serves primarily lower-income students of minority and immigrant families. Students from our school often do not have many opportunities to interface with art and artists outside of their neighborhood context. Women & Their Work pays for buses to and from the gallery and the substitute for the duration of our trip. This allows for educational experiences that we would otherwise be unable to afford." - James Abbott, art teacher, K-5, J Houston Elementary School.
"This has truly impacted the way our students view art, question the art making processes, and create original artwork. The field trips inform and offer the students a different perspective as active participants in their education. The dialogue that follows encourages their growth with art as a part of their life." - Isa Boonto-Zarifis, Art Teacher, Sidney Lanier High School.