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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.


American Experience in the Classroom (Launch Party)
October 3, 2015 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Nahl

Charles Christian Nahl's Miners in the Sierras

The American Experience in the Classroom is a new online resource that features artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection that bring to life selected key moments in our nation's history, from the emergence of our nation to contemporary life. Primary sources, media, and related artworks enrich the dialogue between artworks and historical eras. Explore common threads that link artworks across time periods in American history and take home resources that will help start the school year.


Location: The Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center
Fee: FREE (includes refreshments and resources)
Workshop completed.



Spark Student Writing with American Art and Portraiture
Presented with the National Portrait Gallery
November 7, 2015
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Powers

Hiram Powers' Ginevra

How can analyzing art inspire student writers and engage critical thinking skills? Explore the connections among social studies, English language arts, and visual arts in this session with the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Teachers will discuss artworks from each museum and participate in object-focused activities with educators who model effective teaching strategies and link to standards. During a collaborative reflection and planning period, teachers will design art-related writing prompts that link to the Common Core State Standards.


Location: The Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center
Free

Workshop completed.



Wide-Eyed Wonder: Art, Architecture, and Innovation
Co-sponsored with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
December 3, 2015
4:30–7:30 p.m.


Renwick drawing

Nine contemporary American artists have transformed the newly-renovated Renwick Gallery [reopening to the public on November 13, 2015] into an immersive "cabinet of wonders," creating installations that respond to the building's historic architecture. In this special evening for educators, be some of the first to wander through these art installations and wonder at how the artists use unique materials, innovative technology, and meticulous labor to inspire awe and excitement, helping us see spaces and ideas in new ways. Spend the evening touring the galleries, hearing from curator Nicholas Bell, and enjoying a reception in the Grand Salon. Location: The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. (at 17th Street), Washington, D.C.


For Teachers of All Grade Levels
Fee: $25 (includes reception)


Workshop completed.



Show, Don't Tell: Improving Narrative Nonfiction at the Renwick Gallery
January 23, 2016
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Cottingham

Robert Cottingham's BIMAT

As students are increasingly required to write nonfiction texts across the curriculum, how can they write about their world both accurately and creatively? The Renwick's wonder-filled, immersive gallery environments provide the background for a workshop focused on addressing the challenges of establishing and maintaining the line between fact and fiction while using the writer's palette evocatively. Take home classroom-ready writing strategies as well as your own writings.


Location: The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. (at 17th Street), Washington, D.C.
Workshop registration full.





Engaging Students in Design Thinking
Presented with the National Portrait Gallery

March 5, 2016
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Artists can raise our awareness of issues of 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: The Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center
Fee: $10 (includes refreshments)
Register here.



Perspectives on History: Designing Change
Presented with the National Postal Museum

April 2, 2016
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: The Smithsonian American Art Museum's MacMillan Education Center
Fee: $10 (includes refreshments)
Register here.