It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
But what if you don’t understand what you’re looking at?

For over 35 years ArtWorks has been opening the minds of young inquisitive children to the world of art and the world at large. Our trained volunteer instructors visit public school classrooms and lead highly interactive workshops on architecture, sculpture, painting and decorative arts. Students discuss, compare, and interpret works of art. They discover that ideas can be communicated with shapes, colors, and symbols. They practice slowing down-observing carefully-thinking deeply-and using visual evidence to support their interpretations.

The curriculum culminates in a guided visit to either the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Brooklyn Museum of Art. This trip is the highlight of the program as the children eagerly apply their new visual literacy skills while exploring some of the world’s greatest art collections. Learn more about our program.

Why Visual Literacy Matters

When we hear the word literacy it usually refers to the ability to read and write words. Visual literacy is the learned ability to read and interpret visual images. In our global world information is increasingly communicated with different forms of imagery, from digital to video. The ability to decode and make meaning out of these images is an essential part of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Read more about our mission.

The ArtWorks Difference

Our program is unique in that it combines classroom instruction with a museum visit. Students start by examining images in the classroom and learning basic visual literacy and critical thinking skills. These new skills are applied at the museum as the children view familiar pieces up close and explore new works with freshly educated eyes. More about us.

Artworks NYC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.