Educator Programs & Resources


Educator Programs

The Noguchi Museum Teacher Think Tank

The Think Tank is a group of classroom teachers and museum educators who meet five times during the school year to collaboratively explore topics related to school and museum education. Meetings are held Thursdays from 4:30-6:30pm and on Election Day.

For the 2013-2014 year, the Think Tank explored the questions: What kind of philosophical questions do students pose and address with a work of art? When does inquiry with art become philosophical inquiry? 

During the 2012-2013 school year, the Think Tank wondered, "What does success look like for a school tour at an art museum?" A report sharing advice for teachers and for museum educators can be found here

Professional Development Programs

The Noguchi Museum is pleased to offer Professional Development Programs for educators.To book a program specifically designed for your group, please email or call 718.204.7088 extension 203. 

To find out more about pricing and program types please click here


Biographies of Isamu Noguchi

Click here to download a brief biography on Isamu Noguchi appropriate for grades
pre-K to 5. 

Click here to download a brief biography on Isamu Noguchi appropriate for grades 5 and above.


Noguchi Guides for Educators

These resources are intended for use in the classroom, before or after a visit to The Noguchi Museum or independently.  They  are grouped below by grade level.

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Grades Pre-K - 2

Art and Me
This guide helps students learn to  look closely at a work of art as a way of understanding it better. 

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Nature and Art
Students will consider how Noguchi incorporated nature into his art, and create their own nature-related art.

Click here to download Guide.

The Senses
Students will use sight, sound, smell, and touch to explore art.

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Grades Pre-K - 5

Places in Art
This guide explores the relationship between art and the places we live, travel, imagine, and care about.

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Mining Art: Basalt, Granite, Marble

Students will look at the sculptures of Isamu Noguchi through the lens of geology. They will learn about the different natural properties of the materials Noguchi worked with while exploring the differences between nature's marks and the artist's marks on stone. 

Click here to download the Guide. 

Grades 3 - 12

What is Sculpture?
Noguchi wrote, “I am ever mindful of the notion that to discover or rediscover the true meaning of sculpture, the experience of sculpture has to be expanded.” This guide asks students to consider and create examples of furniture, spaces, and other non-traditional sculpture. 

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Exploring the World
Noguchi traveled around the world, learning from art and traditions from Japan, India, and Italy, among other places. He also lived in New York City for much of his life, and learned from and made art in response to New York. This guide connects Noguchi's art to communities around the world. 

Literature and Art: Writing in the Museum
For centuries, artists have inspired writers, and writers have inspired artists. This guide provides lessons with writing in response to a work of art and art-making in response to works of literature.

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Grades 5 - 12

 Identity and Art 

Noguchi’s work can be read as a lifelong quest to understand who he was and what he had to say. This guide uses Noguchi’s work as an example to inspire students to think about and create art about their own identities.

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Abstraction and Meaning
Many of Noguchi’s abstract pieces have deep symbolic resonances. This guide asks students to consider how abstraction can convey meaning in art. 

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