THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON


Current Art Lab Themes

Students explore the ICA’s architecture, special exhibitions, and/or permanent collection with a guided tour, then delve into their own hands-on investigations and problem solving with a related art-making activity in the Bank of America Art Lab.

Organized around major themes in current exhibitions, our Tour + Art Lab programs are offered in two-hour blocks (approximately one hour gallery visit and one hour Art Lab). This combined program is offered during the below dates and times. Advance registration must be made three weeks prior to program start date:

Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday:
10 am–Noon
11 am–1 pm OR
Noon–2 pm

For After-School Groups Only:
Thursdays: 4 - 6 pm


To book a Guided Tour and Art Lab visit, complete the GROUP VISIT REGISTRATION FORM for K–12 School and Youth Groups at least three weeks in advance to receive the discounted group rate. For more information, email tours@icaboston.org.

Note: Tours work with a varied selection of artworks from the ICA permanent collection and special exhibitions.Typical tours provide an opportunity for visitors to look at highlights of ICA architecture, visit multiple ICA galleries, and make comparisons.


CURRENT THEMES

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY ART + IDEAS
Ongoing

The art of our time invites us to open our eyes and reflect on our world. Tour the ICA collection and special exhibitions with a focus on processes and decisions made by today's artists. Discover the artists' intentions and how their works connect to our lives. View works by artists Matthew Ritchie, Ambreen Butt, Mickalene Thomas, and others, discussing their similarities and differences. In the Bank of America Art Lab, participants create 3D-collaged works of art (paper-based), using a wide range of materials to reflect questions and/or recurring themes in their own lives relying on narrative content.

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Ongoing

Tour the galleries to discover and discuss works of art on view as well as the building's architecture. Hands-on projects for students in grades K–5 involve designing structurally sound buildings and neighborhoods. For middle school and high-school students, art-making activities transform 2D materials into 3D forms, working with a variety of media.

WHAT MAKES A PAINTING?
Ongoing

Tour the exhibition Expanding the Field of Painting to see how contemporary artists are reinventing what a painting can be. Role of materials, traditional and otherwise, in addition to alternative methods of working will be discussed. In the Bank of America Art Lab, students will work using color, shape, texture, and scale to reinvent paintings of their own.


*Free admission is available for teachers who would like to preview the exhibition. For information please email tours@icaboston.org to arrange a pre-visit.
 

 

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