Museum Explorer 2017-18 Programs

 

ART ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM (Grades K-5)

Art Engagement allows students to examine, experience, and understand artwork through two programs that occur within the tour time limits. Classes are split into two groups, and students have the opportunity to explore the art exhibits independently, and then rotate through both Elements of Art and Storytelling programs. Each program teaches critical analysis skills through creative and interactive activities.

For the Storytelling Program, students work with guest artist and storyteller Jerry Falek, creating collaborative stories using inquiry-based and interactive storytelling practices. This approach gives students tools to interpret, understand, and imagine the art featured in NUMU’s art exhibits.

For the Elements of Art Program, surrounded by NUMU’s current art exhibitions, an art appreciation lesson will incorporate artistic perception, aesthetic valuing, and historical and cultural contexts. Elementary students can discuss art vocabulary such as color, shape, pattern, line, and texture when looking at artwork. They can describe the familiar imagery used by artists and connect it to similar imagery they see in their own lives. Students then create their own original artwork that is inspired by the current exhibit.

NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAM (Grades K-5)

Students explore NUMU exhibits and Ohlone artifacts to better understand local, Native American culture. Led by Guest Artist and Storyteller Jerry Falek, this inquiry-based and interactive program provides a deeper understanding of the way indigenous people lived and interacted with the world around them.

In the workshop students will have an opportunity to examine various artifacts, play traditional games, such as staves or handgame, make rope (cordage) from locally gathered iris, cattail, or tule, and hear stories about life in a traditional community. Students will also be reminded that Native Americans continue to play a vibrant role in modern times, enriching the wider culture with their beliefs, values, and practices. Through our programs, we strive to represent Native people respectfully and with integrity. We welcome any feedback.

*New This Year*
NATIVE AMERICAN OUTREACH PROGRAM (Grades K-5)*

The Native American outreach program offers a dynamic opportunity for inquiry-based, hands-on learning in your classroom. Guest artist and storyteller Jerry Falek will offer students an opportunity to examine various artifacts, play traditional  games, such as staves or handgame, make rope (cordage) from locally gathered iris, cattail, or tule, and hear stories about life in a traditional community. All materials will be provided.

They will also be reminded that Native Americans continue to play a vibrant role in modern times, enriching the wider culture with their beliefs, values, and practices. Through our programs, we strive to represent Native people respectfully and with integrity. We welcome any feedback.

*This program has limited availability October through May. A minimum of three classes must be booked on any given day, with a $150 fee per participating class. Please contact NUMU at education@numulosgatos.org or 408.354.2646 to request specific dates. 

This program supports the Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills, as included in the California State Content Standards.

FORBES MILL NATURE WALK PROGRAM

The annex of the oldest commercial building in Los Gatos, a historic landmark known as Forbes Mill, is just a five minute walk from the museum. This short walk takes participants to Forbes Mill, and up the Los Gatos Creek Trail to a large mural that depicts the Ohlone people, tule shelters, and native plants and wildlife.

Participate in this inquiry-based, exploratory program that explores the exterior of the remaining annex of Forbes Mill, gives clues to the history of the building and offers students a chance to develop theories of its use and purpose based on historical structures and concepts.

When this program is part of Level II (two-part program) the walk will be led by the NUMU instructors. When this program is part of the Level III (three-part program), the walk is self-led by class teachers.  Prior to your arrival at NUMU, you will be provided with a map, vocabulary, questions, and guidelines for leading the walk. 

 

MUSEUM EXPLORER 2017 - 18 DATES

Three program sizes are designed to fit different school group sizes: Level I & II Tour Days offer 90-minute tours at 9am, 10:45am and 12:30pm; Level III Tour Days  offer 120-minute tours at 9:00am and 11:30am. Class sizes and times can be mixed and matched if given enough notice. Please contact education@numulosgatos.org or call 408-354-2646.

October 10, 12, 13, 2017 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

  • Tuesday, October 10: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Thursday, October 12: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Friday, October 13: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)

December 5, 6, 8, 2017 (Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday)

  •  Tuesday, December 5: Level III (Schedule tours at 9am, 11:30am)
  • Wednesday, December 6: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Friday, December 8:Level III (Schedule tours at 9am, 11:30am)

February 5 - 9, 2018 (Monday-Friday) *email education@numulosgatos.org to check availability for Level III tours this week.

  • Monday, February 5: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Tuesday, February 6: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Wednesday, February 7: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Thursday, February 8: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Friday, February 9: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)

March 7, 14, 2018 (Wednesdays)

  • Wednesday, March 7: Level III (Schedule tours at 9am, 11:30am)
  • Wednesday, March 14: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)

April 23-25, 2018 (Monday-Wednesday)

  • Monday, April 23: Level III (Schedule tours at 9am, 11:30am)
  • Tuesday, April 24: Level I & II (Schedule tours at 9am, 10:45am, 12:30pm)
  • Wednesday, April 25: Level III (Schedule tours at 9am, 11:30am)

TOWN OF LOS GATOS HISTORY PROGRAM (Grades K-5)

 
NUMU’s History tours introduce elementary school students to the history of the Town of Los Gatos, focusing on its incorporation in 1887.

This program will explore the major developments of the town in three main categories: railroads and logging, agriculture, and the history of Forbes Mill. It will also discuss the Town's history of railroads and logging, Forbes Mill, and significant figures of the past, including Charley Parkhurst and Mountain Charlie McKiernan.

Using historical objects and photographs from the museum’s permanent collection, students put historical interpretation into practice with hands-on activities and storytelling.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM (Grades 2-5)

Children have a deep, innate sense of justice. Students will tour the photographs in our current exhibition, Faces of Resistance: Through the Lens of Ilka Hartmann which tells the story of Bay Area photographer Ilka Hartmann, who launched her 53-year career as a photographer and activist in the 1960s, chronicling major civil rights and social justice movements, and events in the Bay Area.

Students will be asked to consider social justice on their own, and consider what the issues might be. Guest artist and storyteller Jerry Falek will tell the story behind a selected photo within the exhibition and follow it with stories of how children have organized to become activists who make a difference.

*New This Year*
LOS GATOS WALKING TOUR (Grades 3-5, available only in May 2018)

Embark on an architectural treasure hunt of downtown Los Gatos. Discover our historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with its beautiful commercial buildings whose histories date back to the town's 19th century incorporation.Learn about some of their stories, led by guest artist and storyteller Jerry Falek.