Teacher Workshop: Contemporary Landscapes
How would you define landscape? I immediately imagine images with beautiful expanses of land featuring nature at its finest. Now, what about contemporary landscape? Adding that one word opens a world of possibilities and instantly gets the conversation started. Last Saturday, February 26th, our Teacher Workshop explored the subject of contemporary landscape by using Gabriel Vormstein’s The Teeth of the Wind and the Sea as a platform for discussion, activities, and art making.
Throughout the day teachers entered the Hudson (Show)Room exhibition with a new focus and a new perspective to approach the art. Each experience was designed to engage their critical thinking skills in a way that not only let them appreciate the work differently, but also gave them a activities for their classrooms that would connect with a variety of learning styles. One sample activity that really had the dialogue going was a matching game utilizing our past International Artists-in-Residence’s works. Can you match the titles of these four examples of contemporary landscape to the work?
- Double Six
- an island as it might be
- Borrowed Landscape (Citron, Cerulean, Violet, Blue)
- they said there was a paradise way out west
The day was a huge success and can best be summarized by this comment from one of our teachers, “I feel personally enriched as an artist by this workshop—which impacts how/what/even why I teach art. As a HUGE plus, I have new ideas and activities to take back to my classroom.” Please join us for the next Teacher Workshop on Saturday, November 5, 2011 and we’ll see if we can make the same impact on your life and in your classroom.
-Kaela Hoskings, Assistant Curator of Education