Book Arts School Partnership

2016-2017 Book Arts

Museum School Partnership Program

In the 2016-2017 school year, approximately 570 students from the City School District of Troy, and the City School District of Albany, participated in an interdisciplinary program which took place both in a classroom and museum setting.  Throughout the school year the students were engaged in observational drawing lessons that encouraged them to reflect multiple aspects of their everyday life and surroundings in a thoughtful manner.  The students built up a collection of drawings in sketchbooks throughout the year.  The project culminated with the children selecting their favorite drawings and placing them in handcrafted portfolio books along with captions that described their artwork.  These portfolio books were handcrafted by the classes during two museum visits.  In the creation of the portfolio books they practiced measuring and mathematic skills, and hand eye coordination as they glued their cover papers to boards, and folded, stapled, and glued the book assembly together.

Book Arts classroom lessons were led by a naturalist illustrator, a children's book illustrator, archaeologists, a professional writer, and museum educators.  During two museum visits the students not only constructed their own hard coverbooks, but also had the opportunity to tour multiple museum exhibitions, as well as the Albany Institute of History & Art’s library collection.  An excerpt from each student’s book can be viewed on the museum’s website in the galleries below. 


Click on the images below to view the individual school galleries.