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Museum Forum for Teachers 2017

The art education-extravaganza that is Museum Forum for Teachers holds the distinction of being one of my favorite weeks of the summer. Each year, The WarehouseNasher Sculpture CenterModern Art Museum of Fort WorthKimbell Art Museum, and the Dallas Museum of Art work together to coordinate a week-long workshop dedicated to helping classroom teachers deepen their understanding of modern and contemporary art and develop strategies to teach, interpret, and use works of art in the classroom and in museum galleries. Best of all, each institution hosts one day of the week giving participants and fellow museum educators the opportunity to explore a variety of special exhibitions, collections, and experience different teaching styles. It’s well worth braving traffic across the Metroplex to experience the richness of DFW’s museum community!

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Discussing Doug Aitken: Electric Earth at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

This year, twenty-three educators embarked on a week of museum experiences, gallery discussions, and studio projects for CPE credit. Not every educator who participated has a background studying art, and the variety of perspectives enriched the quality of our discussions. In the spirit of highlighting different approaches, the museum educators brought back the “Educator Exchange” from last year and each led a session at one of the other institutions. I always find that I come away from the week inspired and energized for the upcoming school year. Check out some of our highlights from this year:

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And what do our participants have to say about their experience at Museum Forum for Teachers?

This week has felt like a vacation. It’s as though I have been on guided tours on location by Rick Steves every day. I’d love to attend next year…Well planned. Well done.

This was my favorite year so far…I don’t know how all of you manage every year to make this event a week of so much learning and fun. I can’t wait to get to each museum each day. Absolutely my favorite thing I do all year! Thank you!

This was my first year and I hope to be back! Art camp for teachers is how I will explain it when I am asked about the highlight of my summer.

I feel inspired, charged up again, and optimistic about the new ideas I’ll bring to my students. Thanks!

Once again, this Forum has completely exceeded my expectations. The content was rich, insightful, and relative, the projects were fun and accessible, and everyone on staff is an absolute joy to work with. This Forum is not only the cornerstone of my upperclassman content, but a week for me to reconnect with art and truly be myself. Thank you all so much for what you do!

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Lindsay O’Connor
Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs

Spring and Summer Programs for Teachers

We’re looking forward to welcoming Cindy Sherman (and all of her many personas) to the DMA in just a few short weeks.  The exhibition Cindy Sherman opens on March 17th and serves as a retrospective of her work from the 1970s to the present.  Teachers will have an opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the photographs during our Teacher Workshop on Saturday, March 23rd.  We’ll focus on themes of performance, transformation, and process as we explore the exhibition.  There are still several spaces available in the workshop, and tickets can be purchased online.

Cindy Sherman. Untitled #119. 1983. Chromogenic color print, 48 1/2 x 7' 10" (115.6 x 238.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York © 2012 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman. Untitled #119. 1983. Chromogenic color print, 48 1/2 x 7′ 10″ (115.6 x 238.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York © 2012 Cindy Sherman

March also marks the early registration deadline for our annual Museum Forum for Teachers: Modern and Contemporary Art.  Over the course of this week-long program, teachers spend one full day at each of five different metroplex cultural institutions: the Rachofsky Collection, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the DMA, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Kimbell Art Museum.  The week focuses on modern and contemporary art in our respective collections and special exhibitions.  Museum Forum is always the highlight of my year, and I’m looking forward to another great session!  This year’s Museum Forum will be held from July 22-26 and is open to secondary teachers from all disciplines.  If you would like to join in on the fun, we are currently accepting applications.  March 29th is our early application deadline–any teachers who apply before that date will receive a 10% discount on their tuition.

2012 Museum Forum for Teachers

2012 Museum Forum for Teachers

I hope to see you at the DMA this spring!

Shannon Karol
Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs

Friday Photos: Welcome Andrea!

Andrea Vargas Severin, Coordinator of Teaching Programs

We would like to introduce you to Andrea Vargas Severin, our new colleague and friend.  As the newest member of the Teaching Programs and Partnerships team in the Education Division, Andrea will be responsible for various details related to our work with teacher audiences, including professional development workshops, teacher in-services, and the educator e-newsletter.  You can expect to see her out and about before too long, providing tours to visitors of all ages and coordinating several partnership programs.  She will also be a key member of the team that writes web-based teaching materials.

Andrea has a Masters of Art in Art Education with an emphasis on Museum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Studio Art from Vanderbilt University.  Her previous experiences at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Richmond National Battlefield Park, and Mexic-Arte Museum will bring a fresh perspective to our work.  We are delighted to have her as a colleague.

Look for Andrea’s first post on this blog soon!  If you’d like to learn a little more about Andrea, you can visit the Authors page.  And if you’d like to meet her in person, come join us for the upcoming Designing Exhibitions Teacher Workshop on February 11.

Nicole Stutzman
Director of Teaching Programs and Partnerships

The Lens of Impressionism: Programs for Teachers

We are eagerly anticipating the Sunday opening of our big spring exhibition, The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850-1874.  We are pleased to offer three programs for teachers in conjunction with this exhibition:

Evening for Educators
Tuesday, February 23, 2010; 4:00-7:00 p.m 
$16 full price; $12 DMA members 

Travel to the Normandy coast through photographs and paintings on an evening when the exhibition is open exclusively for educators.

Teacher Workshop — The Lens of Impressionism
Saturday, February 27, 2010; 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
3.5 CPE hours; limit 25
$25 full price; $20 DMA members

Explore the dialogue between painters including Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet, and Claude Monet and early photographers such as Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, and Louis-Alphonse Davanne.

Teacher Workshop — Exploring Photography: The Lens of Impressionism
7 CPE hours; limit 20
$50 full price; $40 DMA members

This workshop stretches over two meetings; please plan to attend both dates.
Saturday, April 24, 2010; 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 1, 2010; 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Examine early photographs in this special exhibition with Dr. Terry Barrett, and explore the creative process in a demonstration of ambrotype photography with photographer and educator Frank Lopez.

Visit the Web site for complete details.  To register, send an email to with your name, school name, email address, phone number, and the name of the program you would like to attend.

Molly Kysar
Head of Teaching Programs


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