NEHS teachers looking to enrich their teaching should consider applying to the Smithsonian’s Teaching Humanities Through Art Institute, which takes place in Washington DC at the Smithsonian American Art Museum during the month of July.
The 4-day institute includes interactive sessions with museum professionals, which will allow you to develop skills in using American art to make interdisciplinary connections, foster critical thinking skills, and develop visual literacy among your students. You will generate a tool kit of practical strategies for integrating art into your curriculum, which you can immediately use in your classroom.
Phoebe Hillemann, from the Smithsonian Summer Institute says that the Institute provides “teachers with the chance to spend time with a wide range of artworks in our galleries, see a variety of teaching approaches modeled, and get hands-on experience putting them into practice. We discuss how to pair works of art with historical documents and literary sources; we explore digital tools that they can use to bring art into the classroom; and we go behind the scenes to learn from experts in the Museum.”
Smithsonian Summer Institute scholarships are available to offset the costs of traveling to, and staying in, Washington DC for those living outside the city.