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Teacher Workshops 2016–2017

Workshops are designed to help teachers find meaning and pleasure in the visual arts. These programs introduce art in the Gallery's collection and in special exhibitions, explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections, and model methods for teaching with art. All programs include teaching resource materials.

Teachers of all subjects (pre-kindergarten through grade 12), homeschoolers, and pre-service educators are welcome. Workshops take place at the Gallery.

J. Carter Brown Memorial Evening with Educators

Rediscover the East Building
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
4:30–7:30 p.m.

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Explore I. M Pei’s newly renovated and reinstalled East Building, which now boasts more than 12,000 additional square feet of exhibition space for the Gallery’s ever-expanding collection of modern and contemporary art. The evening opens with a lecture by Harry Cooper, curator of modern art, who will explain the ideas behind the reinstallation. Later, spend time touring the two new Tower galleries and the rooftop terrace that overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue. Visit the exhibition Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker (September 30, 1916–March 5, 2017), and socialize at a buffet dinner in the Cascade Café. Bring a colleague and join the fun!

After-School Weekday Workshops

Storytelling and the Visual Arts
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Repeat date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
4:00–6:30 p.m.

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Period rooms, with their historic furnishings and interior designs, can set the imagination on a journey into the past. They evoke the passage of time, conjure up lives lived in other circumstances, and reveal the personal tastes of those now gone. This workshop focuses on storytelling and draws upon the decorative arts and interior settings given to the gallery by the Philadelphia collector Joseph E. Widener. Activities will be led by writer and poet Elizabeth Cross and are appropriate for all educators wishing to help their students build verbal and written language skills using art as a compelling source of inspiration.

In Someone Else's Shoes: Art, Empathy, and the Written Word
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Repeat date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
4:00–6:30 p.m.

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Help students discover what they have in common with others through writing activities that foster cognitive empathy and evaluation of perspective. Working in the galleries from original works of art that lend themselves to narrative interpretations, participants will be asked to step outside themselves and become one of the people or objects depicted. From their new point of view, teachers will imagine their role’s thoughts, feelings, and motivations based on what they see. Appropriate for all teachers, this workshop offers the opportunity to bolster students’ life skills while engaging in imaginative storytelling.

Saturday Workshops

Barbara Kruger: Images, Text, and Social Critique
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Repeat date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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This workshop explores the art of Barbara Kruger, whose provocative, captioned images engage in social, cultural, and political critique. Early work as a graphic designer and picture editor immersed her in the advertising world’s currency of constructed and marketed identities. The influence of commercial art is evident in her use of images drawn from mass media and paired with confrontational slogans. A now-iconic work from 1981 shows a photograph of a female, classical statue—a traditional symbol of beauty—with the phrase: “Your gaze hits the side of my face.” The politics of the male gaze and the asymmetrical power relationship between men and women were frequent subjects for Kruger. Participants will tour the exhibition of Kruger’s work, attend a talk that puts her work in social context, and create their own social critiques through strategically combining text and image in a short studio exercise. The exhibition In the Tower: Barbara Kruger is on view September 30, 2016 – January 22, 2017.

In Full Swing: The Art of Stuart Davis
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Repeat date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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American modernist Stuart Davis (1892–1964) was riveted by the European cubist style he first saw at the 1914 New York Armory show. His reinterpretation of cubism resulted in a personal idiom of boldly colored, dynamic shapes that reflect his love of jazz music and New York City’s vibrant street culture. His work was a harbinger of the 1960s pop artists’ interest in advertising, the media, and commercial culture. Drawing upon the exhibition In Full Swing: The Art of Stuart Davis (November 20, 2016–March 5, 2017), this workshop examines the painter’s sources of inspiration through activities that combine music, image making, and the written word.

Request an In-Service Workshop

In-service workshops are designed for educators to learn how works of art can support student learning. The Gallery offers a limited number of onsite opportunities for groups with a minimum of 20 participants.

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Cancellation Policy

You may cancel a workshop enrollment via email to or your Eventbrite account.  Login to Eventbrite and go to the "My Tickets" page. Click on "View Order" and then click "Cancel Order." Note that if you reserved multiple spaces, this will cancel all reservations. If you need to make a change to the number of participants, please contact Refunds are not available. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our policies.


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