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  • K-12 Workshops

Get creative! Schedule an exciting hands-on art workshop to enrich your group’s guided tour of the Rubin Museum of Art. Workshops explore the symbolism, structure, and content of Himalayan art, and integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning® principles to provide students with the tools they need to support their wellbeing in a global community. Workshops can be scheduled before or after a guided tour and will expand on the ideas and themes discussed in the galleries.

Workshop Details

  • Workshops are only available on Fridays at 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM
  • $200 per group ($175 for NYCDOE; free for Title I schools); 32 students per group maximum. (Fees for museum admission and guided tours are additional costs.)
  • 60 minutes long
  • All programs are subject to availability, so book early!

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Workshop Themes

3D Mandalas (3rd-12th Grade) How does math inform art making? Mandalas are often likened to diagrams of palaces. Inspired by the mandalas in the Rubin collection, students will transform two-dimensional materials into three-dimensional, architectural sculptures. As students create their own 3D Mandalas, they will reflect on the inner treasures of joy, peace, and fulfillment that fill each room. This workshop is a favorite for classes interested in math, geometry, architecture, and design techniques.

Recommended tour theme: Mandalas or A Journey Through the Mandala Lab

Sacred Earthly Realms of Paradises, Fourth Demo Rinpoche, Lotus Mandala of Hevajra, Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Cycle.

Journey Maps (3rd-12th Grade)

How have movements, migrations, and journeys been depicted in art? Using scrolls, block prints, and maps from the Museum’s collection as points of inspiration, students will create their own journey maps. Instead of making literal maps that go from Point A to Point B, students will reflect on how overcoming a challenge can be like fording a river, climbing a mountain, or even scaling a cliff. They will then illustrate how practicing self-compassion and interpersonal awareness can help us cross the desert of our challenge or scale the mountain of adversity. This workshop is great for classes interested in visual literacy, human geography, storytelling, symbolism, and adventure through process-based art making.

Recommended tour theme: A Journey Through the Mandala Lab or Silk Road

Mapping of Lhasa, Refuge Field, Kailash 75, Avadana Morality Tales.

Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Fred Eychaner, Noah P. Dorsky, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

Public funds are provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala.


*”NEW YORK LIFE” and the NEW YORK LIFE Box Logo are trademarks of New York Life Insurance Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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