Educational Programs

University Art Galleries/George Segal Gallery

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The George Segal Gallery’s educational programs increase visual literacy by providing opportunities for students to engage with works of art through dynamic discussions, hands-on art making projects and written reflections.  Students develop a capacity for informed viewing as well as a confidence and vocabulary for responding to and interacting with works of art.  Programs related to the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions are offered yearly.  Special professional development opportunities can be developed for teachers. 


Exhibition Tours

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- Self-Guided Tours:  Groups may tour the galleries without a tour guide.  For groups of five or more, please call in advance to make a reservation and arrange for any accommodations.  Groups are limited to 25.  Approximate length of time – 45 to 60 minutes.

-  Group Tours:  Groups may arrange for a staff-led tour of the current exhibition.  Upon request, pre-visit materials are available and can be sent to the group leader.  Please call in advance to make a reservation and arrange for any accommodations.  Groups are limited to 25.  Approximate length of time – 45 to 60 minutes.

Tours and Workshops

 Schedule a gallery tour and a hands-on art making workshop for a more in-depth understanding of the current exhibition.

-  Segal in See-Through:  Students will view Segal’s Street Crossing (1992), a life-size sculptural installation located in Kasser Plaza on the campus of Montclair State University.  Students will discuss sculptural elements such as balance and proportion, as well as the artistic process that Segal took to create these bronze works of art.  Students will then work in the gallery’s classroom to create unique see-through body wraps, mimicking Segal’s method.  Groups are limited to 25.  Approximate length of time is 90 minutes.  Material fee applied.  Lesson plan can be adapted for 3rd – 8th grades.

-   Monoprints and the artwork of Alexander Calder:  Two lithographs by Alexander Calder, Stabile (1963) and Boomerang (1975), are prominently featured in the current exhibition, MSU: Works on Paper Collection.  Both are outstanding examples of Calder’s interest in movement, primary colors, line and organic forms.  Through a staff-led tour, students will view the exhibition in-person and then be introduced to the artistic biography and significance of Calder’s work.  After a short demonstration in the gallery’s classroom, students will use some of Calder’s key themes of working with primary colors and organic forms to create an original work of art by producing a monoprint.  Groups are limited to 25.  Approximate length of time is 90 minutes.  Material fee applied.  Lesson plan can be adapted for all grade levels.

-  Collage on Paper: Artist and New Jersey native, Ben Wilson, produced a significant quantity of abstract paintings, drawings and collages on paper throughout his 70 year career.  Through a staff-led tour, students will view the exhibition in-person and then be introduced to the artistic biography and significance of this mid-20th-century abstract artist.  After a short artistic demonstration in the gallery’s classroom, students will create a unique abstract collage based on a personal memory or experience.   Groups are limited to 25.  Approximate length of time is 90 minutes.  Material fee applied.  Lesson plan can be adapted for all grade levels.

-  Landscape Drawings and the Cosla Collection – The Cosla collection is comprised of thirty five 16th – 19th century paintings, many of which are currently on display in the lobbies of the Kasser Theater.  Students will tour this exhibition space and learn about the history and significance of the collection.  Focusing on the landscape compositions, students will later create a modern landscape painting in the gallery’s classroom using watercolor pencils.  Groups are limited to 25.  Approximate length of time is 90 minutes.  Material fee applied.  Lesson plan can be adapted for 9th – 12th grades.


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Guidelines for Group Visits

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-  Upon request, pre-visit materials can be made available to classroom teachers prior to gallery visits for each program.  Gallery educators are willing to work with your group to develop a customized educational experience based on your curricular/organizational needs.

-  All groups must call three weeks in advance to register for an educational program.  Please let us know at that time if there are any accommodations that we can make for the group.  Large font printed guides and lesson plans are available upon request.

-  School groups must provide one adult chaperone per ten students, and chaperones must accompany the group at all times.  Chaperones will be responsible for enforcing proper behavior in the gallery.

-  Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time to check-in.  Please understand that each reservation is limited to that time frame; if a group arrives later their tour and/or workshop will not be extended.

-  Students may bring bag lunches to eat in the outdoor amphitheater, adjacent to the Kasser Plaza, if desired.  The gallery will not be responsible for storing lunches or coolers.

-  Material Fee:  A fee will be applied to all tours that also include a hands-on art making workshop.  The fee is $3 per person.  Please call for additional pricing.

- Reservation Information:  Reservations are required for all tours, including self-guided tours, and workshops.  Please call the Education Coordinator to make the reservation at least three weeks in advance of the reservation date:  973-655-6941.  Please be ready with a list of preferred dates and times, as well as contact information for the group.  Tours and workshops may be scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and on Wednesdays between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Tours may be scheduled on Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Large print materials are available upon request. 

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