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Our teacher workshops will enhance your curriculum with fresh new ideas to integrate the arts and the Museum into your classroom. Workshops combine academic content with innovative classroom applications, and each workshop includes lesson plans and activities for use in the classroom.

In this section, you will also find opening and closing dates for student exhibitions. These exhibitions provide a perfect venue for your students to exhibit their work.

October 2014
FREE // $25 for non-Birmingham City and non-Jefferson County System teachers

Teacher Workshop: Zentangles in the Classroom

October 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn method of meditative drawing that has applications in educational, clinical and corporate settings. By creating art from drawing repetitive patterns, Zentangling increases focus and creativity. Debbie Dumais, a Gifted Education Specialist at Fultondale Elementary School and a Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher (CZT) will instruct teachers on how to use the Zentangle Classroom Apprentice kit with their students. In this workshop she will share the benefits of using Zentangle in a classroom setting and will provide participants with Zentangle Apprentice tiles, pens, pencils, tortillion, a booklet for notes, and lesson plans for using Zentangle in the classroom. She will bring student work samples and will have other Zentangle materials available for purchase. The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.

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November 2014
FREE // $25 for non-Birmingham City and non-Jefferson County System teachers

Teacher Workshop: Private Eye: Observe, Describe, Create, Reflect

November 8 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop offers hands-on techniques in how to develop observational skills by using the scientific method, careful drawings, and descriptive writing. Teachers will practice using jeweler’s loupes to study a variety of artifacts and natural objects related to the new African Galleries. Teachers will learn how to integrate College and Career-Ready standards in language arts with course of study objectives in visual arts, while investigating historically and culturally relevant topics with the eyes of a scientist. In addition, teachers will learn how to expand this unit to include a final abstract painting based on the previous activities, as well as a final writing component. This is a great unit for middle and high school language arts teachers, visual arts teachers, and can be adapted easily to upper elementary levels! Administrators are welcome to see a great example of how arts integration works, and the outstanding free resources available to all teachers through the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Education Department! As always, participants will leave with complete lesson plans, assessment materials, and finished original artwork

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