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Palo Alto Art Center

Project Look Winter 2021 Programming Announcement

Where the Heart Is: Contemporary Artwork by Immigrant Artists

Kindergarten - Fifth Grade Virtual Field Trip Experience

Dates: Tours available January 25 - April 2, 2021
Tours available Monday - Friday 
Duration: 45-60 minute live classroom Zoom session

SEE: Project Look will explore a diverse array of portraiture featured in the Winter exhibition Where the Heart Is: Contemporary Artwork by Immigrant Artists. Via a live classroom zoom session, students will view and discuss artworks by New American artists from the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea. Students will consider ways that ideas about home contribute to the identity through portraits that explore self and community. 

MAKE: Inspired by portraits in the exhibition, a Palo Alto Art Center educator will guide students through the process of creating their own self-portrait. Students will use materials they have at home (any kind of paper and crayons, markers, or colored pencils). Students will be encouraged to display their artwork in their home. Students will synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. (National Core Arts Standards) Art projects are differentiated by grade level and aligned with the National Core Arts Standards.

LOCATION: A Palo Alto Art Center educator will join your zoom or google classroom. As the co-host for the session, the educator will present short videos, still images and artworks for the discussion, and facilitate an art project.

COSTS: In-class Zoom sessions are offered at $100. Need-based scholarships are available upon request. Please contact Project Look for more information.


Tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please fill out this google form to book your tour:  

What is Project Look?

Project Look provides fun, educational, and memorable art experiences to thousands of students in Palo Alto and the surrounding area every year. In 2021, the Art Center will provide in-class live Zoom sessions replacing the in-person field trips of previous years. Zoom sessions will provide a virtual tour of the exhibition and students will be guided to participate in a related hands-on art activity. This well-rounded fieldtrip, focused on seeing and making, offers students and teachers a virtual museum experience led by professional artist educators.

In the classroom, Project Look:

  • Enriches the art curriculum and provides opportunities for cross-curricular connections and multidisciplinary education.
  • Appeals to a variety of learning styles by connecting the experience of seeing art virtually and in-person with making art as a response to the tour.
  • Promotes active participation and fosters the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication—the building blocks of the Common Core Standards—through inquiry and discussion.

Testimonials from the Fall 2020 Virtual Project Look experience:

“It was a great virtual field trip. We need some things that make virtual school special like we have in real school. This was it.”

“Students loved having the opportunity to learn more about art and create their own piece.”

“I loved that the students were interested in the topics discussed and they were very engaged in the activity and produced really great pieces.”

“Great job with the virtual setting.”

“This is my 19th Project Look Field Trip and they are always amazing. I love that you were able to flex to an online format so my class and I could still participate!”

“I have never been disappointed with an Art Center activity. I love how you bring local artists in and make art accessible to everyone.”