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Teacher Professional Development

Summer Teacher Workshop

Symbols of Liberty: The Magna Carta, the Sons of Liberty Bowl, and The American Revolution

Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11, 10 am-5 pm each day
$100/teacher

In conjunction with the exhibition Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Massachusetts Historical Society will be offering a two day professional development workshop for teachers in grades K-12 that will provide an introduction to the rich collections of 18th century documents and objects at both institutions. The workshop will include lectures, hands-on activities in the classroom, and gallery explorations related both to primary source documents and original art objects related to the founding of the United States.

Participants will receive free admission to the MFA, a light breakfast and lunch, reduced rate parking in the MFA’s parking garage, and 10 professional development points (PDPs). Graduate credit will also be available for an additional fee, to be collected on the first day of the workshop.

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Free Workshops

Work with other teachers and MFA educators to explore ways of enlivening the classroom using Museum objects as teaching tools. Prepare for your upcoming school group visit to the MFA. Our complimentary workshops typically feature a slide presentation by a curator or guest speaker, followed by time in the galleries with Gallery Instructors. All are designed to address Curriculum Framework requirements.

 

Jamie Wyeth
October 8, 2014, 4-7 pm

This workshop will focus on the first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth, a member of a family of artists that includes his grandfather, N.C. Wyeth and his father, Andrew Wyeth. The exhibition will examine his imaginative approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his earliest childhood drawings through various recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that populate his world. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore Wyeth’s paintings, works on paper, and assemblages, and learn how they can incorporate his portraits and landscapes into their visual art or American studies curriculum.

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10; HSS: US History II)

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Goya: Order and Disorder
November 12, 2014, 4-7 pm

Francisco Goya is one of the creative giants of European art at a time when the eighteenth-century world gave way to what we think of as the modern world. This exhibition examines Goya’s powers of observation and invention across the full range of his work and will include many of his most significant paintings, prints, and drawings, arranged by the themes and compositional devices to which he returned again and again. This workshop will provide educators insight into why Goya’s arresting images have moved us over the ages, and demonstrate how teachers can use this exhibition in their classes on European history, English Language Arts, Spanish language and culture, or visual art. 

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: Arts Connections Strand Standards 6–10; HSS: World History I and II; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

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The Arts of Ancient Greece
December 10, 2014, 4-7 pm

In the fall of 2014, the MFA will open three new galleries devoted to the art of Ancient Greece, including galleries themed to highlight the dramatic world of Homer; the philosophy of the Greek Symposium and the influence of Dionysos, the god of wine; and the art of Ancient Greek theater. Learn how you can incorporate Greek music, drama, theater, and mythology into your study and teaching of the Ancient world.  

(Link to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: HSS: US History I and II; World History I and II; ELA 16: Myth, Traditional Narrative, and Classical Literature; Foreign Languages Cultures Strand)

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Professional Teacher Membership Discount

Pre-K through grade 12 teachers can receive a $30 discount on membership and enjoy all the benefits of membership. Proof of active teaching status is required to receive discount; visit any MFA ticket desk and present your school ID, letter from the principal or head on school letterhead, or current MTA card. Please note: discount is available in person only; mailed requests will not be honored.


Sponsors

Teacher Professional Development Programs are funded in part by a grant from The Lowell Institute and The Rabb/Goldberg/Cahners Fund for Teacher Resources.