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[teacherartexchange] The Museum as Educator-How to Look at Art with Children


From: Art Teacher (artprofessor_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 23 2012 - 10:39:31 PDT

The Museum as Educator-How to Look at Art with Children-Enroll
Today-New Class Starts August 27, 2012
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Past participants include docent trainees, museum educational
specialist, children's museum curator, teachers.

Advice for looking at art with babies, 2's, 3's, and even those
tweens, teens, and everything in between.

Here is a sampling of what they are saying about the class:

I particularly liked the section about how to look at art with the
various age groups - thinking about where each group is at and how
best to approach them on their level.

I found the video made by the Art Institute very interesting as well.

I really enjoyed watching all of the videos in Unit 1 that were geared
to the different age groups.

I realize that it is important to prep the students before they ever
get to the museum and this is something that I haven't really done
very well in the past.

I also like the idea of having museum "games" to get them more
involved and interested.

Network with others and a University Art Instructor while working at
your own pace in an online class that is open 24/7.

Children remember their first field trip to a museum for the rest of
their lives. It is important that the experience is educational and
fun. This workshop will give you tips for making the Art Museum one
of the most favorite memories and learning places. This 4 week
workshop is for the Museum educator or docents who has the
responsibility of giving tours to children, parents who want to give
their children a rich cultural experience, and for teachers who want
to use the resources in their classroom.

You will learn tips for preparing for the Art Museum visit through art
exercises, and other art resources, letting children know what is
expected of them at the museum. Specific guidelines for looking at
art and making it fun for students through interactive discussion and
games will be presented. Participants will learn teaching techniques
to reinforce the museum visit back in the classroom or through a
studio art experience in the museum facility.
Museum educators and docents will learn what to do before the museum
visit, during the presentation, and follow up to make the tour most
Tips and resources for looking at art with preschoolers, elementary,
tween, and high school students-including those with special needs and
challenges will be included in this workshop.

This workshop will examine famous works of art from the child's point of view.
We will take a look at a number of Art Museums resources that are
available to parents, teachers, and museum educators.
Along with analyzing artwork participants will create hands on art projects.
Tips for teaching art history to children will also be included.
Week 1-
What can the Art Museum teach us?
What to do before visiting the Art Museum.
Guidelines for Looking at Art with Children.
Examine it! Looking at Art Up Close!
Virtual Trip to the Art Museum.
Make It! A Studio Project.
 Week 2-
What can children teach us?
Tips for managing groups.
What to do at the Art Museum-the Day of the Trip?
Games and other distractions.
Examine it! Looking at Art Up Close!
Virtual Trip to the Art Museum.
Make it! A Studio Project.
Week 3-
Following up! What to do After the Museum Visit.
Taking the Art Museum back to the Classroom and Home.
Examine it! Looking at Art Up Close!
Looking at Art with children with Special Needs and Challenges.
Virtual Trip to the Art Museum.
Make it! A Studio Project.
Week 4-
Make the Classroom an Art Museum.
Get Exhibited! Student's Work in the Museum.
Examine it! Looking at Art Up Close!
Make Your Own Virtual Field Trip.
Make it! A Studio Project.

The Museum as Educator-How to Look at Art with Children
Enroll Today New Starts this Monday! Enroll Today. Don't miss out on
this opportunity.
4 week non-credit workshop
15 hours overall
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The online teacher workshop may be accessed 24/7. Expect to spend 3
hours a week or 12 hours overall throughout the class. All those
finishing the class will receive a handsome "Thank You for Your
Participation" Certificate. The class is interactive, you will have a
chance to post topics and questions to others in the class and to the
facilitator-a working art professor. This is a non-credit class.
This 4 week workshop is entirely online and facilitated by an
experienced art instructor.

Recommendations from a different workshop for teachers (Art for the
Classroom Teacher) taught by Art Teacher on the Net:
I have broadened my perspective on teaching, and gotten a lot of ideas
on how to reach children. I would recommend the course to my
coworkers. It would be good for further professional development.
It has been great to share ideas with others and gain new information
that I can use in my art classes. The websites are extremely helpful,
and I am glad to add those to my resources. I am looking forward to
using the format for looking at a work of art to encourage my students
to really look at a work of art in a whole new way. There are many
questions to choose from that will provide prompts for students when
writing about art.

I like the ideas for integrating art with other content areas. This
appeals to a variety of learning styles and strengthens skills
students can use across the curriculum and throughout their lives. I
plan to use the resources from this workshop to incorporate more
lessons that connect to other subjects.

I've enjoyed making some of the projects and will be able to use those
as examples when I teach the lessons.

I am especially excited about the ideas for planning a year of art. I
like the thought of planning the whole year and knowing what
objectives the students will be working toward. This will help when I
order supplies and will help me coordinate the lessons with the
different grade levels.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and would definitely recommend
it to others. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

I would recommend this course to classroom teachers, since they so
often have the opportunity to add some hands on learning to the

I would also recommend this class to art teachers as a review.

Whether you are an experienced art teacher or have no prior art
experience, this workshop is for you. No prior art experience is
necessary. This is a workshop for public, private, and homeschool
teachers-or anyone who works with children's groups and need art
projects ideas and advice.

Valerie Colston, M.A. author of "200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art"
(Released April 1, 2008) is the developer and presenter of the
workshop. She has been teaching art and art history classes for
several years in San Diego, California and online. Her award winning
Art Teacher on the Net is visited by teachers around the world.
Along with teaching Ms. Colston was an art project consultants for the
Wyland Foundation Oceans Teacher program, and has taught many 100 Art
ideas for Teachers workshops at the University of California, San
Diego Extension.
Her book "Teens Go Green!" published by Libraries Unlimited was
released December 2011.

For more information contact Valerie Colston at
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