Art is woven into all the programs at Hayground School.  All our teachers use it as one of the vehicles or tools for learning and it is often a way into a deeper understanding for children.  Hayground students use visual art whenever they are interpreting or representing text, illustrating their own writing, designing brochures or classrooms, or expressing their understanding of a concept in math, science, literature or history.  Some of the mediums used in the classrooms to support their learning might be sculpture, collage, watercolors, printmaking and photography. It is also the practice of our teachers to have discussions about works of art to scaffold our students in developing a discerning aesthetic.

In addition Hayground has a permanent artist-in-residence, and many other visiting artists.  The artist in residence is a practicing artist first, but is also someone who works well with children and other teachers.  We believe that children working side by side with a practicing artist provides a very different kind of experience with art than with a traditionally trained art teacher.  Once again, this is a clear example of the apprenticeship model we model through all aspects of the school day.

More outstanding projects in other areas that have been pursued by teachers and students at Hayground:
The history of quilts including the tradition of passing them from one Generation to the next, the recycling of old but loved remnants of fabric and the powerful role quilts played in The underground railroad.

The construction of beaded  mobiles that represented the alphabet and encrypted  messages.
A study of cultural ritual and ceremony which highlighted  Mexico’s Day of the Dead The,“Hayground,Poetry,House”;,a,bamboo,house,12,feet, in diameter, that featured recorded and written poetry from all over  the world and by Hayground School poets as well.  It included a writing center for visitors to the museum who wished to contribute their thoughts in verse.
An architectural study where children constructed dream homes and researched houses from other cultures.

The “Narrow Lane Project” which was a four year oral history and photo documentation of all the people that worked and lived on Narrow Lane.
This project exhibited at the Parrish art Museum and was featured in the New York Times.

A study of the ancient civilizations of Latin America including theMayans, Incas and Aztecs.

A study of the historyof the  English Alphabet culminating in the creation of
an alphabet museum.
A study of the literary fairy tale where students explored the history of the
European fairy tale and collaborated with Photographer Bastienne Schmidt.