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Armory Schools Program

The Armory is committed to delivering innovative, sequential and standards-based visual art programs to K-12 schools. We place professional teaching artists directly into schools through customized residencies. These programs may happen during the school day in selected classrooms or throughout a school. Our School Programs link visual arts with other curricular areas such as language arts, math, and sciences in ways that are authentic, multilayered and complex. The interdisciplinary focus promotes learning by providing students with opportunities to solve problems, and with meaningful connections within the arts and across the curriculum.

Armory’s School Programs are:

  • Individually customized to meet the needs of students and school instructional plans.
  • Designed and delivered by Armory teaching artists who work in collaboration with classroom teachers to create lessons that encourage exploration of the artistic process while also focusing on the quality of the product.
  • Interdisciplinary and standards based, integrating the content of the visual arts with other core learning areas.

For more information, contact Director of Education Lorraine Cleary Dale at [email protected] or (626) 792-5101 x133.



Children Investigate the Environment

Since 1989, the Armory has encouraged thousands of children to hone their critical thinking skills, make real world connections to classroom learning, and appreciate Pasadena’s natural wonders through the power of art.

Children Investigate the Environment (CIE) takes students into nearby natural environments to learn about the earth and physical sciences through the visual arts. This long term partnership between the Armory, the Pasadena Water and Power and Public Works Departments and the Pasadena Unified School District; engenders in students an understanding of our natural environment through the lens of science and art. 

    • See Program Photos on Flickr 

CIE represents the Armory’s integrated approach to teaching and learning in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through innovative lessons that meet state and national standards in the sciences and the arts. With your support, Armory Teaching Artists engaged nearly 1,000 4th grade students and teachers last year with lessons that exemplify innovative, meaningful and effective teaching strategies

Children Investigate the Environment is made possible by Pasadena Water & PowerPasadena Public WorksPUSD, and the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.




Artful Connections with Math

Art makes abstract math concepts concrete, understandable, and approachable. Artful Connections with Math harnesses the power of art to advance learning and achievement in math among struggling student populations. This hands-on curriculum engages and motivates all styles of learners, particularly visual and kinesthetic.

These lesson plans and training videos for 2nd and 3rd grade teachers are brought to you as a free public service, courtesy of a three year collaboration between the Armory and Pasadena Unified School District. Follow the links below to access these engaging training videos and download PDFs for each lesson plan. We encourage you to use these lessons in your classroom and share this resource with your colleagues. 

 

-      Place Value Sculpture How can we use sculpture to depict a number? This lesson’s goal is for students to group objects in ones, tens and hundreds in order to count to a 3-digit number. They’ll use color and length to visually differentiate between place values, and create an abstract wire sculpture that depicts their 3-digit number.

 

- - Coin Rubbing & Print CompositionWhat are the artistic and mathematical attributes of money? This lesson's goal is for students to create a layered composition consisting of coin rubbings, a watercolor wash, and ink prints of coins they design.

 

- - Regrouping CollageHow can we visually depict regrouping? This lesson’s goal is for students to add 3-digit numbers by examining ones, tens, and hundreds and regrouping when necessary. Then, using different sizes of paper to visually differentiate between place values, they will create an abstract paper collage that depicts the sum of their 3-digit numbers both with and without regrouping.

 

- - The Art Store How do artists purchase materials for creating a project? This lesson a goal is for students to work within a given budget, create proposals, purchase materials from a classroom “store”, and create a sculpture on a base.

 

- Fraction Mobile How can fractions and colors be understood as parts and wholes? This lesson’s goal is for students to correlate fraction families with color families by mixing secondary colors and cutting paper circles and rectangles into fractional parts. Then, students will create a mobile that demonstrates how fractional parts combine to make a whole.

 

- - Polygon Stencil Painting How can we combine and divide shapes to create new shapes? This lesson's goal is for students to use pattern blocks to create overlapping designs of repeated polygons.

 

- - Place Value CollageWhat is the relationship between place value and the concept of scale? This lesson’s goal is for students to create a collage that represents a 4-digit number, by assigning specific colors, sizes, and textures of paper to different place values.

 

- - Area Perimeter Blueprint CollageHow do we use math and art to represent our living spaces? This lesson’s goal is for students to create a floor plan collage, using graph paper to calculate area and sewing with embroidery floss to calculate perimeter.

 

- - Bar Graph Abstract PaintingHow can we use math and art to show the same data in different ways? This lesson’s goal is for students to create an abstract painting based on the amounts of color in their bar graphs.

 

- - Multiplication Array PrintsHow are inverse relationships used in math and art? This lesson’s goal is for students explore positive and negative space and create a stamp. They will repeatedly print the stamp as an array on top of a watercolor wash.

 

- - The Art StoreHow do artists purchase materials for creating a project? This lesson a goal is for students to work within a given budget, create proposals, purchase materials from a classroom “store”, and create a sculpture on a base.

 

- - Polygon Radial PrintsHow can we arrange polygons to show rhythm and movement? This lesson’s goal is for students to create a bilaterally symmetrical design with various types of polygons and repeatedly print their design to create radial symmetry.

 

- - Fractional Clay BuildingsHow can we manipulate fractional parts of a whole to form a new whole? This lesson's goal is for students to create an imaginative clay sculpture using fractional geometric and organic pieces of clay.