FAM Education Cohort: 19th Century Landscapes: Theatrical Paintings and Toy Theaters for the Classroom

March 19, 2014
Wednesday, 4 - 6 p.m.
Meet in museum lobby
Facilitated by Susan Beebe

Description:  Educators will explore 19th Century artwork in the museum galleries, were we'll look for relationships between these paintings and small theatrical scenes, with characters in the painting serving as actors to tell a story, and flat levels of trees and other features of the landscape like stage sets.  Participants will then adjourn to the Gamble Education Center to construct their own paper and cardboard Toy Theaters, with a working cloth curtain. 
Toy theaters were a favorite 19th century toy for children and adolescents, which are enjoying a revival, with a Toy Theater Festival in New York now in its 10th year.  Toy theaters can be used in many ways in the classroom, especially with another favorite 19th century toy, paper dolls as actors and characters. There's nothing like the raising of a stage curtain to get people ready to watch a great story -- about history, literature and art.

Facilitator Bio:  Susan Beebe is an artist and teacher who has taught many children to make their own toy theaters and will have examples of theaters she has made herself at the Gamble Center. She currently teaches Elementary Art at the Children's House Montessori School in Camden. She taught Studio Art at the Watershed School, and has led workshops at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Coastal Maine Art Workshops, Midcoast Children's Museum and at many local libraries and schools.  She is a graduate of Boston's Museum School.
Contact Hour(s):  2 hour
Pre-registration appreciated: Andrea Curtis, acurtis@farnsworthmuseum.org

Farnsworth Art Museum
Arts in Education Professional Development Program
FAM Education Cohort
The Arts in Education Professional Development Program at the Farnsworth Art Museum is designed to connect classroom teachers, specialty teachers (i.e. art, music, technology, etc.), professional artists, docents, and museum educators to develop and co-facilitate multi-learning experiences that engage student learners in experiential art-making activities that connect to classroom curricular standards.  This inquiry-based, visual learning approach enhances student learning by integrating the arts into the classroom. 
The FAM Education Cohort Workshops are free weekly professional development opportunities in which educators can experiment, collaborate, and explore together in a rich arts-learning environment.  Content and meeting times vary.  Please view the FAM Arts in Education Cohort Schedule for more details.  These workshops are free and open to all educators, unless otherwise noted.  Pre-registration may be required for specific workshops.  Contact Hour Certificates will be provided for participation.     
For more information about this program, contact Andrea Curtis at acurtis@farnsworthmuseum.org
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