Category Archives: Field Notes

Nothing signifies 'play' like this installation by Martin Creed. Photo by Nicolas Mirguet.

Long Live the Spirit of Play: Tracking a Theme through NAEA 2014

By Rachel Ropeik, Brooklyn Museum What do maker spaces, bodily collisions with strangers, and sculptures made of Turkish delight have in common?  They were all part of sessions at the recent 2014 National Art Education Association Convention in San Diego.

Nothing signifies 'play' like this installation by Martin Creed. Photo by Nicolas Mirguet.

Long Live the Spirit of Play: Tracking a Theme through NAEA 2014

By Rachel Ropeik, Brooklyn Museum What do maker spaces, bodily collisions with strangers, and sculptures made of Turkish delight have in common?  They were all part of sessions at the recent 2014 National Art Education Association Convention in San Diego.

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In the Midst of Practice: Reflections on the Gallery Teaching Marathon

By Olga Hubard, Teachers College, Columbia University We all know that one way we grow as museum education professionals is by sharing our practices and the thinking that surrounds them. In most cases we do this through traditional presentations: our

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In the Midst of Practice: Reflections on the Gallery Teaching Marathon

By Olga Hubard, Teachers College, Columbia University We all know that one way we grow as museum education professionals is by sharing our practices and the thinking that surrounds them. In most cases we do this through traditional presentations: our

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Looking Back / Looking Ahead

As the second year of the ArtMuseumTeaching site wraps up, I thought it would be good to post a brief review of the past year as well as some thoughts as we look ahead in 2014.  Not that we need

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Looking Back / Looking Ahead

As the second year of the ArtMuseumTeaching site wraps up, I thought it would be good to post a brief review of the past year as well as some thoughts as we look ahead in 2014.  Not that we need

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Curriculum SLAM: Contemporary Art, Contemporary Pedagogy

Submitted by Lydia Ross, Programmer of Education, School and Teacher Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Re-published from NAEA Digication e-Portfolio site. As 21st century art teachers there are so many competing pressures for time and attention that it can sometimes be

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Curriculum SLAM: Contemporary Art, Contemporary Pedagogy

Submitted by Lydia Ross, Programmer of Education, School and Teacher Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Re-published from NAEA Digication e-Portfolio site. As 21st century art teachers there are so many competing pressures for time and attention that it can sometimes be

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Exploring Teacher Professional Development in Art Museums: CALL FOR PAPERS

By Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Curator of Education, Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University Although art museum educators exist in the interstices of teaching, learning, and research, it is not often that we are invited to share our professional

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Exploring Teacher Professional Development in Art Museums: CALL FOR PAPERS

By Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Curator of Education, Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University Although art museum educators exist in the interstices of teaching, learning, and research, it is not often that we are invited to share our professional

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What’s the Value of an Art Museum Field Trip?

By Anne Kraybill, School and Community Programs Manager, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Early in my career, I worked at an art museum that experienced what many art museums have experienced, a steady decline in school tours. Our tours did not

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What’s the Value of an Art Museum Field Trip?

By Anne Kraybill, School and Community Programs Manager, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Early in my career, I worked at an art museum that experienced what many art museums have experienced, a steady decline in school tours. Our tours did not

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It’s Time to Recognize Excellence

As art museum educators, we get so wrapped up in our own practice and day-to-day work that there are many things we sometimes do not have time for. From writing that article we’ve always wanted to write to simply spending

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It’s Time to Recognize Excellence

As art museum educators, we get so wrapped up in our own practice and day-to-day work that there are many things we sometimes do not have time for. From writing that article we’ve always wanted to write to simply spending

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Museums Un/Plugged: Are We Becoming Too Reliant on Technology?

I don’t know if it was attending the Museums & the Web conference back in April or just simply recognizing the amount of time I spend navigating technology issues in the museum, but I recently have had a good old-fashioned

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Museums Un/Plugged: Are We Becoming Too Reliant on Technology?

I don’t know if it was attending the Museums & the Web conference back in April or just simply recognizing the amount of time I spend navigating technology issues in the museum, but I recently have had a good old-fashioned

the mug whose breaking set Rob Walker wondering how stories make us care more about objects, or, as it says on the project’s website: “O.G. S.O.”, photo used with permission from Rob Walker.

Real is a Thing That Happens to You: Tracking a Theme Through the AAM Annual Meeting

“Real isn’t how you are made.  It’s a thing that happens to you.” This year’s American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting wrapped up in Baltimore last week, but I’m still wrapping my mind around some of the ideas that

the mug whose breaking set Rob Walker wondering how stories make us care more about objects, or, as it says on the project’s website: “O.G. S.O.”, photo used with permission from Rob Walker.

Real is a Thing That Happens to You: Tracking a Theme Through the AAM Annual Meeting

“Real isn’t how you are made.  It’s a thing that happens to you.” This year’s American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting wrapped up in Baltimore last week, but I’m still wrapping my mind around some of the ideas that

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Why Museums Can Excel in Online Learning

“The recent development of MOOCs (massive open online courses) can provide museums with valuable possibilities for education, community outreach and multi-disciplinary collaboration.” The quote above by David Greenfield, a doctoral candidate in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University, was part of

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Why Museums Can Excel in Online Learning

“The recent development of MOOCs (massive open online courses) can provide museums with valuable possibilities for education, community outreach and multi-disciplinary collaboration.” The quote above by David Greenfield, a doctoral candidate in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University, was part of

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What’s at Your Core? Knowing What’s Important to You and Why It Matters

I was recently asked “What are your core values as a teacher?” For a moment I was stumped. I have taught students and colleagues about articulating clear and effective core values and the importance of using these to guide strategies

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What’s at Your Core? Knowing What’s Important to You and Why It Matters

I was recently asked “What are your core values as a teacher?” For a moment I was stumped. I have taught students and colleagues about articulating clear and effective core values and the importance of using these to guide strategies

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What Can Art Museums Learn from the MOOC Phenomenon?

Written by Linda Forshaw, guest author _______________________________________ In recent years there has been a new player in the field of education. MOOC (massive open online courses) have taken the world (somewhat) by storm with various free courses from prestigious (and

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What Can Art Museums Learn from the MOOC Phenomenon?

Written by Linda Forshaw, guest author _______________________________________ In recent years there has been a new player in the field of education. MOOC (massive open online courses) have taken the world (somewhat) by storm with various free courses from prestigious (and