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Exploring Architecture

Grades 3-12

Working with docents and museum staff, students will explore the three-dimensional realm of architecture by examining our building as a work of art. The scale and the fact that visitors move through the structure rather than merely view it creates ever-changing images and distinguishes it from other arts. Students will discover how visiting a building is an active experience and not static like looking at artwork. Students will learn how architecture uses formal elements, explore spatial dynamics, and see how the building exists within the surrounding environment.

60+ minute program

In-person

What Make Us Green?

Grades 6-12

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is the first art museum in New York State to be awarded L.E.E.D. Certification and among the first of several in the country. The Western New York Sustainable Building Commission referred to the building as the “Best example of a sustainable building.” This tour will introduce students to how buildings earn L.E.E.D. (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certifications, what a sustainable building contains, and how the building’s design is sensitive to the beliefs and passions of Charles E. Burchfield and his connection to nature. We will uncover both the seen and unseen elements that made L.E.E.D. Certification achievable.

60+ minute program

In-person

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