Regarding Regionalism

July 31, 2014
Summer Teaching Institute

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

  • 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.

August 1, 201407/31/2014 10:00am 08/01/2014 4:00pm Regarding Regionalism Amon Carter Museum America/Chicago public