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Teacher Workshops

Workshops are designed to help teachers find meaning and enjoyment in the visual arts that they can share with their students. 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 for educators to take home.

Teachers of all subjects and grade levels (pre-kindergarten through grade 12), homeschoolers, and pre-service educators are welcome. Workshops take place at the Gallery.  For more information, please email us at [email protected].


Past Programs

František Kupka, Localization of Graphic Motifs II, 1912/1913
Exploring Complex Global Issues through Slow Looking
Thursday, January 30, 2020
4:00–7:00 p.m.

In a world saturated with images, from the superficial to the horrific, how do we focus attention on what truly matters? This workshop will explore one of the most pressing issues of our time—mass migration—through the immersive video installation by Richard Mosse: Incoming (2014–2017). Participants will experience the power of slow looking in exploring works of art, ourselves, and our world. The workshop will model the Voice & Choice and Parts-Purposes-Perspectives thinking routines (tools designed to facilitate investigation of complex topics) and consider the role of artist as activist. The program will conclude with time for reflection and connections to classroom practice.


Arthur Dove, Moon, 1935
Mindful Looking and Making
Saturday, February 29, 2020
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This Saturday workshop is designed as a creative and reflective retreat for educators of all disciplines and contexts. Learn mindfulness meditation techniques to support clarity and strength of mind. Relish in slow looking by exploring the exhibition Painting from Nature: European Landscape Sketches, 1770–1870 through sketching, journaling, and creative writing exercises. We will create accordion books as a tool for capturing observations, playful wondering, and reflective thinking—nurturing a process-oriented practice for building alertness. Come ready to disconnect from the digital world in order to reconnect with yourself and find inspiration in nature and art.


Using Art to Explore the Refugee Crisis
Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Lunch provided

“I believe that beauty is the sharpest tool in the box; I think that aesthetics can be understood as the opposite of anesthetic; it can be used to awaken the senses rather than to put you to sleep. We have a moral imperative to adequately communicate these difficult narratives so that people can be more aware.” —Richard Mosse

In 2019 approximately 272 million people became international migrants. More than 71 million (half of these children less than 18 years old) were forced to flee from collapsed economies, violence, failed governments, political or gender persecution, and environmental change. Some migrants sought official asylum, while others secretly crossed borders. Some stay in a growing number of refugee camps and detention centers, and some will live in the shadow of the law for most of their lives.

The devastating scale of this continuing crisis raises fundamental questions about narrative and responsibility. In a world of growing mass displacement, how can the story of millions of human beings caught at a historical crossroads be told? How can the arts provide opportunities for these issues to be addressed in the classroom?

These two questions will guide a day of learning centered on contemporary artist Richard Mosse’s Incoming installation. Educators will learn about forced migration and explore how to use the arts to explore difficult topics with their students. Specifically, we will:

  • experience and reflect on Incoming by Richard Mosse, using thinking routines transferable to classroom practice;
  • learn about the contemporary global phenomenon of forced displacement and the legal frameworks that govern it through a panel presentation;
  • reflect on the unique leveraging power of the arts to help us understand the refugee crisis; and
  • explore our own responsibility toward others and our capacity for action.


František Kupka, Localization of Graphic Motifs II, 1912/1913, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund and Gift of Jan and Meda Mladek, 1984.51.1; Arthur Dove, Moon, 1935, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth, 2000.39.1; Richard Mosse, still from Incoming #88, 2014–2017, digital chromogenic print on metallic paper. © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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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