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Teacher Programs

Teacher Programs

Teacher Workshops

Art and Nature
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
4:30–6 pm
How can arboretums help classroom teaching? Tour Merion’s 12 acres and participate in hands-on art activities to see how science, horticulture, and art can be brought together in lessons for kindergarten through fifth grade. Takes place at 300 North Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA 19066.
Educators only: $25; members $22. 

The Language of Form and Rhythm in Art and Music Composition
Monday, December 2, 2013
4:30–6 pm
Experience art in a whole new way with this interactive art and music workshop. Meet visual artists and musicians to see how the elements of form and rhythm translate across art media.
Educators only: $25; members $22. 

African Art: Patterns and Music
Saturday, January 25, 2014
10 am–2 pm
Explore Dr. Barnes’s teaching practice of identifying rhythmic patterns in African art and comparing them to musical compositions. This workshop features the masquerades and sculptural traditions of the Dogon and Bamana cultures. Meet with African drummers and dancers to learn about incorporating movement and music into the classroom. Materials include lesson plans and recommendations for art projects. Lunch provided.
Educators only: $25; members $22. 

Textiles and Culture
Saturday, February 22, 2014
10 am–3 pm
First, look at African sculpture and Navajo textiles for surprising common themes across these different media and cultures. Then explore Yinka Shonibare’s use of Dutch wax fabrics and his work on colonial themes in our special exhibition, Yinka Shonibare: Magic Ladders. In the afternoon, learn techniques to use textile art in your classroom. Lunch provided.
Educators only: $35, members $32. 

Designing and Building a STEM to STEAM Toolkit
Saturday, March 8, 2014
10 am–2 pm
Learn to incorporate art and design-thinking tactics into a STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This workshop takes you from the ground up, exploring the Parkway building, learning about a successful school-community project, and constructing your own maquette (scale model). Includes teaching resources, a model project, architectural tour, hands-on activities, and lunch. 
Educators only: $25, members $22. Register: education@barnesfoundation.org or 215.278.7300.

Exploring Impressionism
Saturday, March 29, 2014
10 am–2 pm
Explore art and nature through the lens of Impressionism. In the morning, tour the art galleries in Philadelphia to view our collection of Impressionist artworks. Learn how the Impressionists rewrote the rulebook for how painters captured nature. In the afternoon, visit the Merion campus to tour our arboretum and work with a Barnes teaching artist to reinvent how you bring art and nature into your classroom. Lunch provided.
Educators only: $25, members $22. Register: education@barnesfoundation.org or 215.278.7300.

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