The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY marks the birthplace of American art, where the Hudson River School of landscape painting began.

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

BOCES ID

2516

For

K-2, 3-5, Middle school, High school

Categories

Visual Arts

Curriculum

ELA, Science, The Arts

Costs

Please contact for more information.

Dates Available

Year-round

Program Theme

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY marks the birthplace of American art, where the Hudson River School of landscape painting began. The nationally recognized historic site is an affiliate of the National Park Service and operates as a forward-thinking nonprofit organization embracing change and continually pursuing excellence. At its core, the organization’s purpose is to regenerate Cole’s revolutionary creativity so that it touches people’s lives today.

Program Description

Thomas Cole: Artist, Writer, and Early Environmentalist
Best for: All Classes, Grades K-12

How can we use many tools to express our ideas?

This tour is highly student-centered, incorporating group discussion, movement, inquiry, and optional hands-on activities with contextual information about Thomas Cole, the Industrial Revolution, and life in the early 1800s. In this tour, students learn about Thomas Cole’s work as an artist, writer, and early environmentalist as they tour through the historic house. Students will visit the house that Thomas Cole lived in and the studio where he painted for over seven years. Optional: Students can engage in hands-on art-making, writing, and environmental action activities.

Tour: 45 minutes
Tour with art activity: 90 minutes

 

Thomas Cole and the Creative Process:
Best for: Art and Art History Classes, K-12

How do we create art from our experiences in nature?

This tour focuses on how Thomas Cole created art, from closely observing and sketching nature, deciding on what to leave in and take out, to mixing his own paints and creating his compositions.  Students learn about the life of Thomas Cole, the Hudson River School of Art, and tour the historic house and painting studio. Optional: Students then create sketches based on their experiences and turn these sketches into original paintings.

Tour: 45 minutes
Tour with art activity: 90 minutes

Phone

(518) 943-7465

Address

218 Spring Street
Catskill, NY 12414

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