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Education

Professional Development Workshops

Teacher Workshop.


Enjoy time in the galleries with a museum educator for your next professional development! Designed for classroom teachers, these sessions bring the museum collection to life for use in your classroom. Educational materials and refreshments are provided at each session.


In addition to our scheduled onsite workshops, we are able to accommodate groups for customized in-service days, or offer a workshop anywhere via real-time videoconference. For more information, send an email to AmericanArtEducation@si.edu.


Art and the African American Experience
October 13, 2016
4:30-8:00 p.m.


Sargent Johnson's Mask

Sargent Johnson's Mask

Explore the historic, social and political roots of issues of race today through the lens of American art. Chief Curator Virginia Mecklenburg and keynote lecturer Jahana Hayes, National Teacher of the Year, will open the evening. Classroom-ready activities modeled by educators from Teaching for Change and the Anacostia Community Museum will flesh out next steps for thoughtfully addressing the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, and contemporary issues in your teaching. Go home with strategies to engage your students in this often-challenging content. FREE resources and standing reception for registered participants.


Art and the African American Experience is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This program is presented in celebration of the 2016 Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's McEvoy Auditorium
Fee: Free for registered participants. Register.



Engaging Students in Design Thinking
Presented with the National Portrait Gallery
November 5, 2016
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Artists can raise our awareness of issues from the past and present and help us imagine alternatives for the future. In this workshop, museum educators will use artworks as a springboard for engaging participants in the design thinking process: discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution. Teachers will consider how to integrate design thinking into lessons that challenge students to identify and address problems that may challenge scientists, historians, and writers.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center
Fee: $10 (includes refreshments). Register.



O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe's Manhattan

What is this REALLY about?
December 3, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


You're ready to take the plunge: you're going to use art in your classroom! How do you know what the artwork is actually about? How do you choose the right one to support your content? How do you link the artwork and the content thematically? Join colleagues from across the area to hone your skills of finding and following themes through staff-led in-gallery activities and practicum sessions.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 (includes refreshments). Register.




Perspectives on History: Designing Change
Presented with the National Postal Museum
January 21, 2017
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Josephson

From Kenneth Josephson's series Great Ideas.

Artists express powerful opinions about defining moments and movements in American history. Their images may help raise public awareness or call the viewer to action. Zoom in on postage stamps and stand back from wall-sized murals to see how design, social issues, and persuasion come together in meaningful ways. Take home strategies for engaging students in evidence-based reasoning, argumentation, and persuasive writing.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 (includes refreshments). Register.


Beyond the Mainstream: Self-taught Artists and the Role of Creativity
Presented with the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
March 15, 2017
4:30-7:30 p.m.


Purvis Young

Purvis Young's The Struggle

The mainstream art world amplifies certain artists' voices, helping shape our understanding of American culture. The self-taught artists featured in SAAM's collection have historically been excluded from this cultural narrative. Working apart from the mainstream, these artists make art that often shares a personal story and may serve as the only voice they have in the larger world. Their work acts as a lasting record of the struggles and achievements of a diverse public and a testament to the power of creativity. View this collection and pause to enjoy refreshments in the Museum's beautiful, covered Kogod Courtyard.

Fee: $25 (includes reception)


Registration opens after Labor Day.



Perspective-Taking: Seeing Through the Eyes of the Protagonist (and exercising historical empathy)
March 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper's Cape Cod Morning

Avid readers and researchers know the intoxicating effect of falling into the skin of a character (real or fictional) and seeing deeply into the past or inhabiting an unknown world thanks to the power of words. How can artwork amplify this experience for passionate readers? How can it provide an entry point for those that need additional scaffolding? Participate in activities that utilize the imagination as a window to humanities content.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 (includes refreshments). Register.



The Past in the Present
April 8, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

By Any Means Necessary (after Malcolm X) by Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

When navigating the reality of today and seeking to shape their futures, your students may not see the power of the past at work in their lives. As the educators of tomorrow's voters, leaders, and citizens, you know that history can serve as a roadmap and a cautionary tale. Explore the Museum's contemporary art galleries with the senior curator of contemporary interpretation to uncover the history hiding in contemporary art. Participate in activities that challenge you (and your students) to internalize the past, trace its ripples to the present, and take informed action toward change for the future.


Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center


Fee: $10 (includes refreshments). Register.