Saturday, March 8, 9 am to noon
K-12 teachers are invited to experience our new exhibition At First Sight: Collecting the American Watercolor. The exhibition offers the rare opportunity to view some of the paintings that sparked Crystal Bridges founder Alice Walton’s earliest collecting interests. Making watercolor paintings has brought Ms. Walton great joy over the years, and it also contributed to her deep appreciation for the work of professional artists. In this session, teachers will create watercolor paintings of their own, followed by facilitated looking in the exhibition. Teachers will reflect on the act of creating works of art and how it can change the way they look at art of a similar medium.
Register online or at Guest Services.
Saturday, April 12, 9 am to noon
The Paley Collection
K-12 teachers are invited to experience our new educational tour of the exhibition: The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism, then return to the studio for an art-making activity based on the themes of this collection. $10. Register online or at Guest Services.
Thursday, April 17, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
K-12 teachers are invited to a workshop that explores the intersection of economics and the visual arts as a way to deeply engage students in learning economic concepts. Teachers will learn how to incorporate works of art in the teaching practice to explore economic issues either depicted in the work of art or in the materials used in the fabrication. Artworks can also be viewed as primary source documents and show the historic impact of economics. These concepts will be studied through engaging lectures by scholars in economics and art history, interactive gallery discussions, and small working groups, giving teachers tools to utilize art as a resource to teach economics. The session is presented in collaboration with Economics Arkansas, the Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education, and will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Watts, an economics professor at Purdue University; and Dr. Leo Mazow, an art history professor at the University of Arkansas. Register online or at Guest Services.
Professional Development for your Faculty
Crystal Bridges offers teacher professional development for your school or district faculty. These sessions are led by Museum Education staff and provide teachers with the tools and strategies they need to teach from works of art in the Museum’s collection, including images and other resources for use in the classroom. The cost for these sessions is $50 per 25 teachers. Capacity limits us to 50 participants per session. Request for Professional Development for the 2013-2014 school year can be made by clicking the link below.
Spring 2014 Tours
School Visits are now available on a first come, first served basis. Fall 2013 is just about full, but Spring 2014 will be available October 1, 2013 on the Museum’s website.
THE WILLIAM REESE COMPANY TEACHER FELLOWSHIP
The William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship seeks to enrich high school curriculum by encouraging research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. Administered by the Crystal Bridges Library, the Fellowship is designed to encourage creative research projects that draw on the assets of the Library to create arts-integrated curriculum that will enhance traditional teaching methods and student engagement.