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National Portrait Gallery Presents LEARNING TO LOOK, SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE, 7/7-9, 7/28-30

National Portrait Gallery Presents LEARNING TO LOOK, SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE, 7/7-9, 7/28-30

Integrating portraiture into the classroom provides exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects.

The Summer Teacher Institute will take a broad look at the National Portrait Gallery's collection. During the institute, the museum's curators and historians will provide in-gallery content lectures, introducing the collection. Utilizing an interactive approach, Portrait Gallery educators will model a variety of "learning to look" strategies-unique ways to hook and engage students when they look closely at portraits. Participants will learn how to "read" portraiture and use the art as a springboard into a more in-depth discussion about biography and history.

Teachers from grades kindergarten-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies, English/language arts, and visual arts teachers.

2014 dates: July 7-9 or July 28-30

Institute participants will:

  • Gain expertise from museum educators, curators, and historians through gallery talks, discussions, and hands-on activities
  • Learn to use portraiture in the classroom, identifying and analyzing key components of a portrait and relating visual elements to relevant historical context and significance
  • Make interdisciplinary connections among portraiture, social studies, and English/language arts
  • Develop and share lesson ideas with colleagues

To ensure participation, a nonrefundable program fee of $100 per person is due upon acceptance into the teacher institute. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs. Each participant will receive a stipend of $200 at the conclusion of the workshop.

Visit http://npg.si.edu/education/teachprog.html to apply.

Please direct queries to npgeducation@si.edu or 202-633-8503.

Application deadline is April 15, 2014.


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