involving the community

Scheduled to open in 2015, the Whitney’s new building in Manhattan's Meatpacking District will allow the Museum to become a major part of the neighborhood where many PS 33 students live. In the years leading up to the opening of the new building, we aim to build engagement and foster meaningful connections between Whitney educators and the families of students attending PS 33.


Family Workshop 2011

In late October, we organized our second family workshop for a small group of students and parents from Chelsea Prep. This two-hour workshop encouraged families to look at and make art together.

Families spent the first hour on a guided tour of the exhibition David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy_. The focus was on Smith’s use of geometric shapes and overlapping forms in his sculptures, drawings, and paintings. The tour was followed by an art-making workshop where kids and parents were asked to make drawings and create sculptures using geometric shapes. Many parents took on the laborious task of cutting shapes from different colored paper while kids enjoyed combining and pasting the shapes together to create varied forms.

  • Kids talking about the art

    Students eager to share their observations with the Museum educator, October 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • Kids in the gallery

    Families look closely at David Smith's The Hero (1951-52), October 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • Children draw in the exhibit

    Families engage in a drawing activity in the gallery, October 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • Children show off their art

    Families share their drawings with each other in the galleries, October 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • A father and son work on a project together

    Families work on a sculpture project together, October 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • A parent and child draw on paper

    Families work on a sculpture project together, October 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • Families looking at art on a table

    Families share their artwork with each other at the end of the workshop, October 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow


Family Workshop 2010

Ten first- and second-grade students gathered in the Museum lobby on a cool Saturday morning in mid-November. Accompanied by their parents, they were eager to take part in a two-hour workshop organized especially for the families of Chelsea Prep.

The morning began with a guided tour of the exhibition, Charles LeDray:workworkworkworkwork. Through close looking, discussion and activities, kids and parents considered how the artist transformed familiar objects like hats, shirts, and suits into sculpture. Each family worked on a collage project experimenting with different ways of arranging cut-outs of everyday objects. Inspired by the way Charles LeDray arranged his works, some families focused on size while others focused on the color and function of the everyday objects.

  • Parents and children in the gallery

    Families in the exhibition Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • A child draws while his mother looks on

    Families doing a drawing activity, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • A child draws on paper

    A student doing a drawing activity, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • Children and parents looking at the art in the gallery

    Families in the exhibition Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • A family creates a collage

    Familes working on a collage project, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • A child works on an art project

    Museum educator and student having a conversation about the art project, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • Two children collaborate on a collage

    Sisters working together on the art project, 2010. Phorograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • Family artwork

    Final artwork by one of the families, 2010. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow

  • A staff members displays works of art

    Museum educator showing off students' work, 2011. Photograph by Ai Wee Seow