by Mary Broxterman
1. Hands on…let the artist inside come out to play!
Teachers get to work hands on with artists like Wandeling Press’s illustrator Laura Kern during last year’s March program. When Kern finished her lecture, teachers went to the Rosenthal Education Center to experiment with watercolor and Kern joined in! She taught the basics of watercolor, paper, and techniques. The evening ended with Kern giving a signed copy of her book to every teacher. Nice ending to a great evening!
2. Lesson Plans
We teachers are always looking for new lesson plans. Evenings for Educators not only provides teachers with great lesson plans, but the teachers who wrote the lesson plans present their lessons and their students’ projects to you. The presentation concludes with Q & A and you leave with a copy of both the Elementary and Secondary lessons.
3. Get smARTer….Never Stop Learning!
Evenings for Educators introduces you to a variety of educational resources at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Information about the library, conservation and the Rosenthal Education Center have all been discussed. Evenings for Educators is offered during the school year from September-May. Teachers are invited to attend the three day long Summer Teacher Institute in July, including an offsite field trip on the last day.
This past summer teachers worked at the American Sign Museum!
4. Explore the definition of art…Decorative vs Functional
Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light was a special exhibition and topic last year. Guest speaker Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, talked about the history of glass with a focus on Tiffany. This lecture and exhibition was the perfect stepping stone for a class discussion on the definition of art. Can art be both decorative and functional?
5. Meet the Artist
Ana England: Kinship
It is always great to tour the new exhibitions, but when you get to meet the artist, hear them talk about their work, and have them walk you through their exhibition…it doesn’t get better than that!
Ana’s lecture was so personal, she shared with us her home and own photographs and stories. England is fascinated with nature and the ways nature connects with us. You can see it in her art and feel it in her voice, words, and tone. Knowing and seeing what she goes through with the materials and scale of her work made for a stronger appreciation of her, her work, and the exhibition.
6. Docent Lead Tours
All teachers love docent lead tours. Teachers love to learn. Evenings for Educators allows you to build a personal relationship with these docents. You get to know each other, they know what you teach, and call you by name.
7. Cincinnati is a work of Art in and of itself, check out the “Cincinnati Wing.”
The city of Cincinnati has a strong history of art; Rookwood Pottery, Duveneck, Edward Timothy Hurley, and more. Evenings for Educators offers tours, lesson plans, and access to books that make the Cincinnati Wing a tool for every classroom.
8. Cross Curricular
Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor, explored the art and cultural connections to armor, swords, and guns. Gary Grose is a local collector of Japanese Arms and Armor. He spoke about the history of the Japanese swords and matchlock guns. His knowledge of his collection was impressive. The Curator of Asian Art, Hou-mei Sung, talked about the four years it took to make this exhibition come to life. This exhibition gave an opportunity for World History and Art Teachers to work together.
The Evenings for Educators program also gives educators a chance to connect with teachers from other schools, other districts, and other states. You share ideas, lesson plans, resources, and make friends with teachers and artists you meet through the program.
10. Have Fun while getting college credits & professional development hours at the same time!
You will fall in love with Evenings for Educators. It starts with interesting guest speakers, then you are given a tour of the current exhibition, you get to make art, and end with teachers sharing lessons with examples of students’ work. There is always something you can use in your classroom. To top it off you can also get College Credit or Professional Development Hours. It doesn’t get better than this!
Evenings for Educators ROCKS!