National Gallery of Art

The mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards.

Professional Development Workshops

 

VERMEER AND THE MASTERS OF GENRE PAINTING: INSPIRATION AND RIVALRY
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
At the height of the Dutch Republic’s economic and artistic power (1650–1675), Johannes Vermeer worked within a network of Dutch painters who inspired, rivaled, and aimed to surpass one another. They shared a focus on meticulously painted “high life” scenes that depicted the daily lives of men and women of the elite class. Similarities in subject matter, style, composition, and technique may be seen among their greatest works. Study paintings by Vermeer and related artists and discover what they most admired in each other’s pictures.
Dates:  11/8/17
Time: 4:30PM-7:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: National Gallery of Art
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography
Grades: Teachers grades PreK-12
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SURREAL ENCOUNTERS
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Explore surrealism through the work of Joan Miró and his contemporaries. As a young man in 1920s Paris, Miró was drawn to the rebellious sentiments expressed by artists associated with the Dada and surrealist movements. Shocked by the upheaval of World War I, many artists rejected conventional approaches to art and turned inward, seeking to tap the subliminal drives of the unconscious mind. Discover the creative processes the surrealists used to plumb the depths of dream, intuition, and chance. Unleash your creativity while enjoying surrealist games, fanciful writing techniques, and a sensory sketch inspired by Miró's drawing repertoire.
Dates:  1/20/18 and 2/10/18
Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM
Length of Event: 5 hours
Location: National Gallery of Art
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography
Grades: Teachers grades PreK-12
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ART AND IDENTITY
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Many contemporary artists explore ideas about identity in their work. Focusing on art by Janine Antoni, Yinka Shonibare, and others, this workshop delves into issues related to race, gender, cultural memory, and the formation of self. Small-group discussions will take place in the galleries and draw upon the visual evidence offered by each object. Biographical information and artist’s statements will supplement participants’ observations and responses. This workshop may be of particular interest to teachers of middle and high school students approaching adulthood and conceiving of their own identities and potential roles within a larger world.
Dates:  2/3/18 and 3/3/18
Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM
Length of Event: 5 hours
Location: National Gallery of Art
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Philosophy
Grades: Teachers grades 6-12
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ART AND MEANING-MAKING
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Hiram Powers’s The Greek Slave (1841–1843; carved 1846) held pride of place in William Corcoran’s personal art collection, which later became the foundation of America’s first cultural institution to be established expressly as an art museum. The Greek Slave was the best-known and most acclaimed American sculpture of the nineteenth century. This workshop examines how it was received by the art-viewing public when first exhibited, and the complex and seemingly incongruous associations it raised. Critical commentary from the period will encourage participants to contextualize the work against the backdrop of slavery, the institution of marriage, and women’s legal rights.
Dates:  1/24/18 and 2/21/18
Time: 4:00PM-6:30PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: National Gallery of Art
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Civics/ Law, Diversity
Grades: Teachers grades 6-12
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EXPLORING GLOBAL CONNECTIONS THROUGH ART
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Discover how works of art can spark thoughtful dialogue about social issues that affect us as individuals and as global citizens. Working in groups, participants will practice perspective-taking through close observation, analysis, and discussion of selected artworks. By sharing their questions and interpretations, teachers will seek to understand an artist’s viewpoint and values, their own, and those of their fellow educators. All activities aim to promote empathy, curiosity, and the capacity to communicate across cultural differences. The program will conclude with a reflection on the ideas and methods presented and how these approaches might support learning across disciplines.
Dates: 2/7/18 and 2/28/18
Time: 4:00PM-6:30PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: National Gallery of Art
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Diversity
Grades: Teachers grades 4-12
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llaborative Code DCC17 for Free Tickets! Don't forget to indicate that you heard about it from the DC Collaborative!


AHFES at Cultural Institutions

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
Paintings are more than just pictures in a frame—they are unfolding stories with multiple perspectives. During this tour, students will learn to "read" works of art by identifying characters, setting, and plot, and by imaginatively creating dialogues inspired by characters in the works of art. During four or five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises, small-group work, and sketching—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:

  • Making and articulating careful observations.
  • Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
  • Examining paintings from the perspectives of peers, the artists, and the people in the paintings.
  • Comparing and connecting different paintings.
  • Reasoning with evidence from the works of art themselves—developing narratives based on what's seen in the work of art.
  • Connecting new ideas learned from the tour to prior knowledge and experience.

Dates: (M/T/TH/F) flexible (teachers should specify 3 time preferences on the lottery form), Based upon a mutually agreeable schedule.
Time: 10:30 or 12:30 flexible, Based upon a mutually agreeable schedule.
Length of Event: TBD
Location: Madison Drive
Washington, DC 20001
Discipline: Humanities, Visual Arts/Photography/Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: 4-8
Tour Capacity:  Up to 90 students.

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COLOR'S GARDEN: AN ADVENTURE WITH THE ELEMENTS OF ART
Presented by: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
Color’s Garden: An Adventure with the Elements of Art is a truly special offering by the Gallery, a play that takes students ages 4 and up “inside art” to celebrate creativity and innovation.  Inspired by the cut outs of Henri Matisse, the performance features three professional actors, an original jazz score and lively projections and animations.  
Date and Time: 11/1/17, @10:30, 11/16/17 @ 1:30
Length of Event: 45 minutes 
Location: National Gallery of Art
4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565
Discipline: Performance with pre-visit classroom resources
Curriculum Connections: theater, dance, music, visual arts, language arts, cooperation, friendship, critical thinking skills
Grade: 1st – 4th grades
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 100 tickets
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