Other Tour Options at Kresge Art Museum:
University Students & Classes,
School, Group, Video, Cell Phone, and Elder HeART.
Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University is excited to share the GESSO
Project, a FREE and innovative teaching approach that assists teachers with core
academic curriculum in math and language arts.
This project supports the fourth (math) and fifth (language arts) grade curriculum
standards as listed in the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. The
GESSO Project involves up to three one-hour classroom visits with PowerPoint
presentations and engaging hands-on learning activities along with a visit to the
In essence, the museum comes to your classroom, then with a fully
provided bus subsidy; your students can visit the museum for a tour and hands-on
activities that complement the school GESSO Project sessions.
The art term gesso (jes-oh) is Italian for chalk. This glue-like substance is a
foundation layer for preparing a canvas for painting, giving the surface the right
properties for receiving paint. The GESSO Project is based on the same premise
that art and visual literacy can act as an important foundation layer in helping
students to process and synthesize core academic curricula.
This project is endorsed and reviewed by Dr. Janine L. Certo, Literacy
Achievement Research Center, MSU and Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, Senior
Academic Specialist of the Office of Science and Mathematics Education, MSU.
If you have any questions or want to be part of the GESSO Project, please
contact Cari Wolfe, Assistant Education Curator: firstname.lastname@example.org or