Amon Carter gallery teachers offer first-hand observations for preparing students who are more comfortable in the museum environment and who are able to focus on and engage with works of art on a deeper level. Participants receive pre- and post-visit classroom activities that include observing and discussing images, further reading, and art-making; successful examples of in-gallery writing and sketching activities that can be transferred to the classroom; and common museum guidelines and organizational tips that help classroom teachers prepare their students for the visit. Participants also learn how to organize and develop a full, rich museum experience that uses writing and critical thinking while also making connections with and supplementing their classroom teaching.
Anyone who plans fieldtrips is encouraged to attend, including administrators, classroom teachers, counselors, librarians, and team leaders, although others may benefit and are welcome to register.
Space is limited; preregistration is required. Cancellations must be received forty-eight hours in advance of the program or a $25 fee will be charged; program materials will be mailed to absent teachers.
Analyze, describe, evaluate, infer, interpret, and observe? Inquiry-based method or dialogical approach? What does it all mean and how can teachers help students understand how to do it? Using artworks from the museum’s collection and special exhibitions, Amon Carter educators explain and model all of these visual literacy strategies. Participants have the opportunity to practice using these techniques and collaborate with other teachers to create lessons that encourage dialogue and reflection.
Art, language arts, science, and social studies teachers from classroom and homeschool settings, as well as preservice teachers are encouraged to attend, although others may benefit and are welcome to register.
Region XI handles all registrations and fees for this program. Contact Kathy Uhlich at 817.740.3680 or email@example.com for registration and pricing information
Thursday, July 31–Friday, August 1, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. each day
Between 1920 and 1950, artists from across the United States worked in a representational style—known as Regionalism or American Scene painting—that depicted the land and its people engaged in activities of ordinary life. Although these artists were not part of a coordinated movement, they shared a common goal of creating distinctly American art that anyone could understand. Using artworks from the exhibition No Place Like Home: American Scene Painting in the Sinquefield Collection, educators will make connections between art, history, and literature during this important time in U.S. history; learn about famed Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Woods’s lives, work, and philosophies on art; and collaborate with other teachers to create classroom activities and lessons that encourage visual literacy, dialogue, and reflection. Museum educators will reveal the sources of inspiration for Regionalist artworks, provide historical and cultural contexts in which to view these paintings and works on paper, and share interpretive strategies to help teachers incorporate artwork into daily curriculum.
Who should apply?
This interdisciplinary program is geared toward administrators, homeschool educators, librarians, Pre-K–12 teachers at public and private schools, and preservice teachers. Teachers of English/language arts, ESL, gifted and talented, science, social studies, U.S. history, and visual arts, as well as teacher teams from the same school, are all encouraged to apply!
Lunch will be provided each day. All participants receive twelve CPE hours in English/Language Arts: All Levels; Fine Arts—Art: All Levels; Instructional Techniques: All Levels; and Social Studies: All Levels. Also included: classroom resources, including books, posters, and postcards; a CD with digital images of related artworks, image guide, and mediagraphy of related resources; and classroom activities.
This institute is provided at no charge, and a limited number of teachers will be selected. To apply, send the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A one-page essay that discusses how you have successfully used images in your everyday curriculum or challenges you have faced when trying to integrate images into your lessons.
- A current resume or CV (include your home and school mailing addresses, preferred summer email address and phone number, and grade levels and disciplines you teach).
Application materials must be received by June 13, and applicants will be notified regarding their status via email by June 20.