Chemung River School
The Chemung River School Project is an extensive 4th grade immersion into the study of the Chemung River Valley; an endeavor inspired by the first American art movement, the Hudson River School. This award-winning program has forged collaborative alliances between a variety of individuals and learning organizations.
Students explore the Chemung River from a multitude of perspectives: local nature and ecology, history, art and poetry with a culminating Riverfest Exhibition hosted at the Arnot Art Museum. Throughout the school year students are engaged in a variety of experiential field trips and take part in classroom activities designed to reinforce knowledge gained on their field trips.
Tanglewood Nature Center hosts students to discuss the animals and ecology of the Chemung River Valley, while the Cornell Cooperative Extension discusses the watershed of the Chemung River. Students visit the Arnot Art Museum to view paintings by Hudson River School artists, many of which depict regionally-local areas, and sketch at the Museum while learning beginning perspective.