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Teacher Workshops 2017–2018

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

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
4:30–7:30 p.m.

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At the height of the Dutch Republic’s economic and artistic power (1650–1675), Johannes Vermeer worked within a network of Dutch painters who inspired, rivaled, and aimed to surpass one another. They shared a focus on meticulously painted “high life” scenes that depicted the daily lives of men and women of the elite class. Similarities in subject matter, style, composition, and technique may be seen among their greatest works. Study paintings by Vermeer and related artists and discover what they most admired in each other’s pictures. Team up with colleagues and consider ways you might integrate these images into your classroom teaching. After touring the exhibition, educators are invited to continue their conversations over a buffet dinner with wine in the Concourse Café. Don’t miss this landmark exhibition!

After-School Weekday Workshops

Art and Meaning-Making
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Repeat date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
4:00–6:30 p.m.

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Hiram Powers’s The Greek Slave (1841–1843; carved 1846) held pride of place in William Corcoran’s personal art collection, which later became the foundation of America’s first cultural institution to be established expressly as an art museum. The Greek Slave was the best-known and most acclaimed American sculpture of the nineteenth century. This workshop examines how it was received by the art-viewing public when first exhibited, and the varied, complex, and seemingly incongruous associations it raised. Critical commentary from the period will encourage participants to contextualize the work against the backdrop of slavery, the institution of marriage, and women’s legal rights.

Exploring Global Connections through Art
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Repeat date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
4:00–6:30 p.m.

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Discover how works of art can spark thoughtful dialogue about social issues that affect us as individuals and as global citizens. Working in groups, participants will practice perspective-taking through close observation, analysis, and discussion of selected artworks. By sharing their questions and interpretations, teachers will seek to understand an artist’s viewpoint and values, their own, and those of their fellow educators. All activities aim to promote empathy, curiosity, and the capacity to communicate across cultural differences. The program will conclude with a reflection on the ideas and methods presented and how these approaches might support learning across disciplines. Appropriate for teachers of all subjects K–12, but especially for grades 4 and up.

Saturday Workshops

Surreal Encounters
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Repeat date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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This workshop explores surrealism through the work of Joan Miró and his contemporaries. As a young man in Paris in the early 1920s, Miró was drawn to the rebellious and antiwar sentiments expressed by artists associated with the Dada and surrealist movements. Shocked by the violence and upheaval of World War I, many artists rejected conventional approaches to art and turned inward, seeking to tap the irrational and subliminal drives of the unconscious mind.  Discover the creative processes the surrealists used to plumb the depths of dream, intuition, and chance. Unleash your creativity while enjoying surrealist games, fanciful writing techniques, and a sensory sketch inspired by Miró's drawing repertoire. Activities can be easily adapted to different subjects and used by students from elementary through high school grades.

Art and Identity
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Repeat date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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Many contemporary artists explore ideas about identity in their work. Focusing on art by Janine Antoni, Yinka Shonibare, and others, this workshop delves into issues related to race, gender, cultural memory, and the formation of self. Small-group discussions will take place in the galleries and draw upon the visual evidence offered by each object. Biographical information and artist’s statements will supplement participants’ observations and responses. This workshop may be of particular interest to teachers of middle and high school students approaching adulthood and conceiving of their own identities and potential roles within a larger world.

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.

Please complete this form to request a workshop.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel a workshop enrollment via email to teacher@nga.gov 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 teacher@nga.gov. Refunds are not available. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our policies.

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