On Sunday, May 3, the Boston private school will host a student art exhibition at the well-known art museum, the culmination of a month-long partnership between the two institutions to bring arts learning into city classrooms.
“Having the opportunity to have your work exhibited at a national gallery is a great achievement for students at BISB,” said British International School of Boston Head of Art Jessica Smith. “To have your work hung alongside famous artists such as David Hockney, Claude Monet and Degas is almost a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The school art exhibit will run from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at the museum. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Students, who have been training as museum docents, will lead tours of the museum as well, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The student art to be displayed at the exhibition was created as part of the new partnership between the Museum of Fine Arts and the British International School of Boston, which is bringing the “Take One” arts initiative to the school this April.
The “Take One” project is inspired by a similar program from the UK National Gallery. Each year, the gallery focuses on one painting from the collection to inspire student work in the nation’s classrooms. Schools are challenged to use the image in their lessons, both as a stimulus for student art work and for work in more unexpected curriculum areas.
With support from the MFA, BISB has selected an image from the museum’s collection to serve as the inspiration for the school’s Take One project. The painting, “Garrowby Hill,” was created by David Hockney, an English painter and artist best known for his pop art paintings. Hockney’s piece will serve as inspiration for student art throughout the month, and for art-inspired lessons throughout all subject areas.
Understanding the connections between the arts and learning in other subjects, Smith said, is a valuable lesson she hopes students will take away from the “Take One” project and the MFA exhibit.
“Arts education plays a pivotal role in a child’s education and development,” she said. “Study of the arts in its many forms, whether as a stand-alone subject or integrated into the school curriculum, is increasingly accepted as an essential part of achieving success in school, work and life.”
The results of the “Take One” initiative will be on display at the May 3 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Tickets for museum entrance and the exhibit will be available for FREE to BISB families, and will be available at the museum entrance on May 3.