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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.

School Reception: All Area Educators

September 13, 2016

We are pleased to invite to join us for a back to school reception for all area educators. This should be an exciting time of refreshments as we explore both our collections and our education programming – with giveaways for teachers, as well! For more information contact Matthew Stokes at mstokes@artsbma.org

Area Educators Meet-Up at Cahaba Brewing

August 4, 2016

Join us a for a drink! As schools start back, please join us at Cahaba Brewing Company for a time of networking and refreshment. The museum’s education department will provide a beer for the first 100 teachers. Please stop by and learn about our programming, as well as those from our cultural partners around the city. For more information contact Matthew Stokes at mstokes@artsbma.org

Teacher Workshop: Private Eye: Observe, Describe, Create, Reflect

Teacher Workshop: Private Eye: Observe, Describe, Create, Reflect

January 24, 2015

This workshop offers hands-on techniques in how to develop observational skills by using the scientific method, careful drawings, and descriptive writing. Teachers will practice using jeweler’s loupes to study a variety of artifacts and natural objects related to the new African Galleries. Teachers will learn how to integrate College and Career-Ready standards in language arts with course of study objectives in visual arts, while investigating historically and culturally relevant topics with the eyes of a scientist. In addition, teachers will learn how to expand this unit to include a final abstract painting based on the previous activities, as well as a final writing component. This is a great unit for middle and high school language arts teachers, visual arts teachers, and can be adapted easily to upper elementary levels! Administrators are welcome to see a great example of how arts integration works, and the outstanding free resources available to all teachers through the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Education Department! As always, participants will leave with complete lesson plans, assessment materials, and finished original artwork.

First priority will be given to teachers in the Birmingham City and Jefferson County School Systems. Enrollment is limited. To register, please click here.

Teacher Workshop: Private Eye: Observe, Describe, Create, Reflect

Teacher Workshop: Private Eye: Observe, Describe, Create, Reflect

November 8, 2014

This workshop offers hands-on techniques in how to develop observational skills by using the scientific method, careful drawings, and descriptive writing. Teachers will practice using jeweler’s loupes to study a variety of artifacts and natural objects related to the new African Galleries. Teachers will learn how to integrate College and Career-Ready standards in language arts with course of study objectives in visual arts, while investigating historically and culturally relevant topics with the eyes of a scientist. In addition, teachers will learn how to expand this unit to include a final abstract painting based on the previous activities, as well as a final writing component. This is a great unit for middle and high school language arts teachers, visual arts teachers, and can be adapted easily to upper elementary levels! Administrators are welcome to see a great example of how arts integration works, and the outstanding free resources available to all teachers through the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Education Department! As always, participants will leave with complete lesson plans, assessment materials, and finished original artwork

Teacher Workshop: Zentangles in the Classroom

Teacher Workshop: Zentangles in the Classroom

October 4, 2014

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.

Teacher Workshop: Zentangles in the Classroom

Teacher Workshop: Zentangles in the Classroom

April 5, 2014

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