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Becoming Subject Matter Experts on Frank Lloyd Wright

AMS students at the Darwin Martin House A group of art students at Amherst Middle School are on their way to becoming subject matter experts about the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo landmark Darwin Martin House.


The Darwin Martin House Jr. Docent program lets students explore the correlation between the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, critical elements of the Common Core Learning Standards, the STEAM movement, and state’s social studies framework. The end result of the program will be student-led tours on April 17 of the Darwin Martin House Complex for parents and invited guests.


Students in Christina Klein's studio in art class took the first step in the Jr. Docent program by visiting the Darwin Martin House complex where a DMH docent did an incredible job making the tour both interesting and informative. They toured the complex and got a sneak peak inside the Bursar's office. They were also able to tour outside in the neighborhood surrounding the Martin House.


Over the next few months, Linda Adams, a DMH docent, along with Martin House Director of Education Gina Miano, will be working with middle school students to teach them more about the house and help them prepare for their role as presentors during the April 17 tour. Students will learn interesting facts about various rooms in the house and then share that knowledge with family and friends on the tour.


While downtown, the group also visited the Central Library to learn about an exhibit of posters created during the time of WWI and see a demonstration of a hands on vinyl lettering activity. Before boarding the bus, the group made a quick stop at the LaunchPad Maker Space in the library.


Funding for the field trip came from a Connect Kids to Parks grant for the bus and Martin House tour, which made this trip free to families.

Students show their vinyl lettered names

   Students create a nameplate   Students work in LaunchPad Maker Space