Registration Deadline: September 1
Facilitator(s): Karen Talbot, Artist and Andrea Curtis, Museum Educator
Inspired by the works of Maine artists, Dahlov Ipcar and Marguerite Zorach, explore colors, shapes, patterns, and textures in picturesque representations of animals and plants in the Farnsworth’s “Marguerite Zorach – An Art-Filled Life” exhibition. How can we use color and shapes to tell a story? Joined by artist and scientific illustrator, Karen Talbot, we will practice techniques of blending, mixing, and shading in the studio as we try our hand at representing the Maine Chickadee using bold shapes, textures, patterns, and color.
Classroom Connections: Maine Studies, Maine Animals, Maine History, Color, Shapes, and Patterns
Arts Vocabulary: Color, Value, Contrast, Subject, Composition, Scale/Size, Texture
Resources: The Calico Jungle by Dahlov Ipcar and Marguerite Zorach: An Art-Filled Life by The Farnsworth Art Museum. Available for purchase at the museum store.
Please review the unit components, learning outcomes, and partnership requirements below, and fill out a letter of interest if you would like to register for the unit.
The unit is comprised of the following activities, lesson plans, and museum visits:
1) Writing Prompt #1 & Nametags
2) Pre-Museum Classroom Lesson: Pointing with Our Words (45 minutes)
3) Museum Visit I: Foundations and Studio Art-making (3 hours)
4) Writing Prompt #2
5) Post-Museum Classroom Lesson
6) Pre-Museum Classroom Lesson(s): Additional Curricular Connections, Contextual Support, and Art-making Practice
7) Museum Visit II: Curricular Connections and Studio Art-making (3 hours)
8) Writing Prompt #3
9) Post-Museum: Final Exhibition Preparation and Presentation
10) Evaluation and submit final lesson plan
Scientific illustration and research-based contextual information of a Maine eco-system
Farnsworth Arts-in-Education Programs connect arts-learning to classroom curricular learning goals. Click here for a list of Common Core Curricular Standards that educators may connect to through this project-based program.
To receive free access to this program, participating teachers must submit the following:
1) An arts-integrated lesson plan connecting to Common Core (curricular) standards;
2) A student-learning observation form;
3) A transportation request form and bus invoice (if requesting assistance); and
4) The program evaluation form.
Additionally, teachers are also required to attend at least one FAM Arts-in-Education Consultation or program workshop. Schools are encouraged to connect “exhibitions” of student work with an in-school celebration (i.e. Parent Night, etc.).