For Teachers

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.

Teacher Workshop: Zentangles in the Classroom

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.

Please note: This workshop is provided free of charge for all Jefferson County and Birmingham City School System teachers!

Please contact our Education department at 205.254.2571 to register.

Youth Art Month Student Exhibition Closes

February 16 – March 16, 2014

Grades: K – 12

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present its twenty-first Youth Art Month exhibition in March 2014. Youth Art Month was established to recognize the essential role of art in a balanced education. Artwork will be accepted for all grades. A reception to honor the students will be held at a time to be announced.

Teacher Workshop: Texting Geometry – POSTPONED

**This workshop has been postponed. Please check back for a rescheduled date, or contact our Education department at the number below for more information.

Integrating math and visual arts has never been so easy!  Participants will explore area dissection, word problems, sequencing, and principles of design in this unique hands-on workshop!  Teachers will learn how to create text based compositions that explain particular math expressions and descriptive step-by-step solutions to solving math problems.  This lesson is easily adapted to other math standards at different academic levels!  Workshop activities will also include museum tours and studio activities that enhance understanding of these standards and suggestions for guest artists that can visit schools during the unit of study.   Participants will leave with complete lesson plans, assessment materials, and finished original artwork.

Please note: This workshop is provided free of charge for all Jefferson County and Birmingham City School System teachers!

Please contact our Education department at 205.254.2571 to register.

Chinese New Year Student Exhibition Closes

Students from public schools throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area contributed to this annual exhibition. This year, Chinese New Year begins January 31 and celebrates the horse. The Chinese consider the horse as energetic, intelligent, and warm-hearted. Look for horses in the Museum’s collection of Chinese art on the third floor!

The BMA is commited to being an active civic partner in our community. For over 30 years, the Museum has collaborated with school systems, teachers, and students to provide innovative arts experiences that enable students to develop creativity, innovation, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to collaborate. These skills are crucial for success as students continue their education and enter the workplace.

For many years, the Museum has also partnered with the Chinese community and the Birmingham Chinese Festival Association; this exhibition continues that tradition. The Museum values opportunities to collaborate, combine strengths, and provide vital cultural resources for the continued growth and expanded awareness of the community.

Teacher Workshop: Moving Ways to Read and Write About Images in West African Textile Art

In this workshop, teachers will explore West African culture through its textile art, called Adinkra. The Adinkra symbols of the Ashanti people in Ghana represent attributes for which they strive: strength, wisdom, learning from mistakes, hope, truth, etc. In this dynamic workshop, teachers explore ways to examine the symbols for these personal attributes and learn to guide students’ exploration of each symbol through creative movement and writing. Movement explorations are guided by an understanding of lines, levels, shapes, and pathways. Writing explorations involve use of synonyms, verbs, and modifiers for each symbol. The experience concludes when students combine their movement and writing into a culminating performance. Developed in collaboration with the Acadiana Arts Council, Lafayette Parish School System, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Museum will be celebrating the opening of the newly reinstalled African art exhibition. The teachers will participate in these activities throughout the day.

MARY FRANCIS “CISSY” WHIPP presents workshops nationally on integrating dance into the curriculum. She has been working as a performer, choreographer, and dance educator for more than 25 years. She received her BFA in choreogra phic design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MA in performing arts: dance from the American University in Washington, D.C. She founded Louisiana’s first professional modern dance company, Moving South Dance, Inc. She has taught in college dance programs at Potsdam State University of New York, and most recently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she directed the Children’s Dance Guild and choreographed for the State of LA Danse Concert series. Ms. Whipp has served on the committee for developing arts assessment standards for the Louisiana Department of Education and is currently teaching creative movement and dance at the J. Wallace James Elementary School for Arts & Technology in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Please note: This workshop is provided free of charge for all Jefferson County and Birmingham City School System teachers!

Please contact our Education department at 205.254.2571 to register.


Teacher Workshop: Art and College and Career-Ready Standards Online Workshop

Attend a workshop from the comfort of your own home and learn ways to incorporate the College and Career-Ready standards into your art classroom. You will be provided a link to the workshop site prior to the workshop so that you can test your connections and access the helpdesk for assisance with any problems.
Please contact our Education department at sharris@artsbma.org or 205.254.2668 to register.