The vision of the Bermuda National Gallery education outreach is to bring the art experience to every child in Bermuda
The role of the ArtReach education programme is to support the mission of the Bermuda National Gallery by offering ongoing educational, culturally relevant, engaging and sustainable programmes in conjunction with our current exhibitions for learners of all ages.
The ArtReach education programme, which endeavours to enrich the lives of all school children with art education, reaches over 2000 children each year. The Bermuda National Gallery offers free school tours, supplementary art classes, art camps and workshops, as well as at-school presentations.
In pursuit of the mission, education and community outreach will play a key part:
On average the Gallery has 20,000 or more visitors each year; including our education outreach which continues to grow from over 2,500 students in 2014/15 to over 3,700 students in 2015/16. In addition, we host an Annual Student Art Competition, which included over 700 students in 2015.
Children are introduced to the art gallery using story -telling and art as references and points of engagement. Dramatic play experience will allow students, teachers and family members to explore the museum space
The BNG’s goal for the Early Years Programme is to help support early learners in the community by offering a supplementary art programme to schools. By working with educators to encourage the development of motor, cognitive, social and literacy skills through art, story-telling, music and dramatic play. We believe BNG’s EYP serves an essential role in early development.
An overall assessment on how the program has impacted toddlers, schools, seniors and families will be done by: evaluating the performance, interaction and artworks created by participants; gathering feedback using informal surveys; documenting the dramatic play performances; and through open discussions and dialogues with teachers.
Since launched in 2012, the BNG Early Years Programme has reached 1,879 students ages 2 - 4 years old. In the 2010 census, 3,567 children were registered in this age group. Thus, the Early Years Programme has reached over 50% preschool children to date.
“The children had a remarkable memory of being at the Gallery (i.e how to line-up and the procedure into circle time). The children are also making references to what they learned at BNG when they are making artwork at school. I see a high level of self-confidence. More expressive in language and free expression.”- Pauletta Furbert, Director of Happy Moments Nursery & Prechool.
“The students talked about what they learned in their other art lessons at school and at other art organizations.” - Sarah Robinson, Lyceum Preschool Teacher
“The programme gives good strategies on how to set expectations” - Sarah Brown, Principal of Lyceum Preschool
“Students could remember the context of the words that were introduced to them at BNG which was evident during ‘free play’ interaction with peers back at school” - Patreece Simons, Lyceum Preschool Teacher
“My class thoroughly enjoyed all the lessons in the Early Years Programme. They we always excited and eager to come to the class.The children certainly remembered information learned while in the class back at school. One child commented when we were drawing a picture at school that it had straight lines and curvy lines and some zig zag lines like how the art teacher showed us. Another time when reading about Dr. Seuss, a child said that he looked like Peter Woolcock that we saw at City Hall. The programme certainly supported our literacy, music, art, role play, motor skills and cognitive skills and I look forward to booking the class again in September.” - Rosalyn Minors, Warwick Preschool Teacher
Students learn basic principles of composition and photography, how to use the various functions of a manual camera such as shutter speed, aperture and colour accent. Participants will learn creative strategies to develop their portfolios and how to practice their skills
I learned about different camera settings, like shutter speed, macro and micro and lots more. My favourite setting is shutter speed because we can do random things and my favourite things are the field trips. I like my instructors because they’re funny and they make the class fun. - Jaelyn Doyle, age 11, Somerset Primary
The BNG Youth Arts Council is an engaged group of active students who produce cultural art activities relevant to the concerns and issues of today. Students on the council develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills; self-confidence, public speaking skills and community awareness.
The Student Docent Programme provides the tools to widen perceptions of the current exhibitions and permanent collections. While immersed in this programme, students will learn the process of guiding visitors through the Gallery as well as presenting collections and exhibitions.
The Bermuda National Gallery’s Student Docent Program is a Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider.
The philosophy behind our student docent programme is that each student comes to this opportunity already filled with a rich wealth of experience and knowledge that aids them in encouraging people of all ages to explore and discover through their interaction with art.
Dascha Choudhury, age 15, Cedarbridge Academy
In the Student Docent programme, I learned about different views on social crisis’ worldwide, ways to further express questions and though process in a viewer’s mind, and different ways of giving tours to the viewers.
I like the way the programme was taught and how the instructors made me feel welcome and free to express opinions. I also liked the different types of people I’ve met.
Three things that make me want to come to class every Wednesday are the group of people, the art, and the feeling.
Nicole Corday, age 13, Dellwood Middle School (Family Centre)
The reasons why I come to Student Docent classes every Wednesday is to see the art and to boost my confidence.
Sophia Minors, age 13, RHM Home School (Family Centre)
In the Student Docent programme, I learned how to give tours. I liked everything about this programme. Three things that make me want to come to class are: the training, it is fun and how I am taught about art. The museum has all I need.
Marquedelle Rodriguez, age 15, Berkeley Institute
In the Student Docent/ Museum Studies programme, I learned how to direct a crowd in an art museum. What I enjoyed about the programme is being able to communicate and learning along aside other people with equal thoughts. I come to the Student Docent classes every Wednesday to learn new things and hang around people with equal values such as I. The Museum gives us students great opportunities to learn.
Da’ Shontae Walker, age 13, Dellwood Middle School (Family Centre)
In the student docent programme, I learned about the things that are happening around us, getting to express myself in my own way, and talking about pictures I am comfortable talking about.