Single museum visit, 2.5 hours
These multifaceted, half-day art workshops include an in-depth examination and discussion of works of art in the galleries followed by behind-the-scenes access to the Education Studio, where students will create a related art project.
During the workshop, National Gallery of Art educators will encourage students to look carefully at works of art and share their responses, to formulate theories based on observation, and to make connections between processes and results. Students will have the opportunity to create a work of art in the studio inspired by the art they have seen in the galleries.
Photographer Gordon Parks: The Power of the Picture
This session will focus on an exhibition of photographs by Gordon Parks (1912–2006), a pioneering African American photographer of mid-20th-century America. Parks made his name creating picture stories that represented social injustices: racism, poverty, and economic inequality. The exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950 traces Parks’s evolution from self-taught photographer to artist, journalist, and advocate for people experiencing hardship from World War II to the dawning of the Civil Rights movement. New research on Parks’s groundbreaking work has revealed important influences on his early photography. Students will view works in the exhibition and learn about how Parks developed his style by adopting techniques and themes drawn from commercial/industrial, documentary, journalistic, and fashion photography. Attention to Parks’s work, as well as greater awareness of social ills, was boosted by the rise of popular mass media and television during the 1940s.
Drawing on what they see in the galleries, students will create a work of art related to social justice issues, inspired by current or historical events.
Students should come to the workshop prepared to participate in group discussion.
A minimum of 15 participants is required to reserve a date; up to 28 students may participate in a single workshop. A single school may request no more than two workshop dates. Registration is open from August 1 to November 20, 2018.
Workshops are held on weekdays from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm or 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Teachers may register to bring their students on one of the following dates:
December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
January 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 18, 22
February 4, 5, 8, 11, 15