I just finished an on site workshop called World Views: Landscapes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. There was a companion online course called Global Perspectives Exploring Landscapes. I recommend the Metropolitan Museum's courses highly. Teachers from all over the world worked online in a collaborative method using a variety of technological wonders including voicethread.com, as well as an internal system (epsilen.com) to have live chats, as well as blogging as they were guided through their landscape experiences. We, at the on site workshop, had the benefit of seeing the paintings, and working with the museum educators directly. We communicated through blogging and photos about our experiences with the online teachers. (The online teachers were a closer bunch in terms of communicating with each other, as they were working a week longer that we were). Our week culminated with having some of the online teachers joining us at the museum. I am fortunate enough to live within commuting distance to the
museum, and am able to avail myself of its riches. The program is run by William Crowe. You receive so much information, exercises to do with your students, insights, and the collaboration with other educators. Not everyone involved is an art teacher, or ap teacher, some are in other disciplines. I think that only adds to the richness of the experience. At one point we even got to go paint outside in Central Park to get the experience of painting en plein air. On Monday when the museum is closed we got an educational tour of the Turner exhibit, and one of my prized possessions is the catalogue which we received. We also spent a great deal of time examining the chinese garden installed in the museum, as well as chinese landscape scroll paintings, and I received the teacher packet to that exhibit as well, complete with DVD, slides and written commentary.
Last year I went to the Collecting Collections workshop, which was a collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney and Metropolitan Museum of Art's educations departments. That experience enriched how I taught my AP Class last year to the point where I can make a direct link between my students' understanding of the "moderns" and their essays in class.
If you have the opportunity to partake of any of the future classes, I recommend them highly.