Multi-Visit Programs

Student work from the 2016 Scientific Illustration Unit.  Photo by Andrea Curtis.

Student work from the 2016 Scientific Illustration Unit.  Photo by Andrea Curtis.

With the generous and continued support of foundations, grants, and individuals, the Farnsworth Art Museum is able to provide free arts-integrated multi-visit programing to Maine schools, focusing in the Mid-coast regions. These in-depth partnerships connect arts-learning in the galleries to in-school curricular goals. Together, museum educators and classroom teachers build lessons to enrich student learning through the arts. Prior to registering, please review the program requirements and note that space in the multi-visit programs are limited.  

 

Program Requirements:

  • Letter of Interest and Registration Form: Participating educators must submit a letter of interest and registration form and verify administrator support.  

  • Class Roster and Nametags: Prior to your first museum visit, educators must submit a student roster. Please also create nametags for your students so that we may get to know them in the galleries.    

  • Permission Forms:  For your first museum visit, educators must submit signed program permission forms for their students. Please identify any students who do not have photo permission to staff. 

  • Transportation Requests: Educators must complete a transportation request form if you are seeking transportation assistance. A final invoice from your school or bus company is required to receive reimbursement. 

  • Educator Observations: Please document student growth by completing the educator observation form.  Note significant observations in student learning, including shifts in vocabulary, descriptive language, problem-solving skills and/or writing achievements throughout the program.     

  • Arts-integrated Lesson Plan: Educators must submit an arts-integrated lesson plan connecting to curricular standards.

  • Evaluation: Educators must submit a final program evaluation form.  


Fall 2017: Calico Maine
(Grades 3-5)

October - November

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2017

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.

Facilitators: Karen Talbot and Andrea Curtis

To submit a letter of interest for this program, please click here.


Photo by Michael O'Neil.

Photo by Michael O'Neil.

Fall 2017: Ecology and Art
(Grades 9-12)

October - November

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2017

Partnering with artist and naturalist, Tim Christensen, we will deeply notice New England landscapes in the Farnsworth’s collection of American art.   Through an examination of land formations and environmental details, participants will uncover ecological clues embedded in 18th and 19th century landscapes.  We will consider symbiotic relationships found in nature and select our own natural objects to study in the studio.  Practicing the technique of sgraffito, we will consider positive and negative space and texture as we classify and etch representations of our natural subjects into clay.

Facilitators: Tim Christensen and Andrea Curtis

To submit a letter of interest for this program, please click here.


Winter 2017: Creative Writing (Grades 9-12)

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2017

In this Creative Writing unit students utilize the Farnsworth collection to explore elements of writing such as character development, setting, and plot. Gallery noticing activities, collaborative story-telling exercises, and descriptive writing prompts encourage students to create magical stories that connect to classic works of American art.

Facilitator: Andrea Curtis

To submit a letter of interest for this program, please click here.


Past Programs...

Fall 2016: Scientific Illustration
(Grades 3-5)

october-november

Registration Deadline: Registration Closed

The Scientific Illustration unit will explore a deeper understanding of the natural world through careful noticing strategies, in-school research, and art-making activities. Students will investigate works of art and sharpen their drawing skills in the Farnsworth galleries, transferring these skills back to the classroom as they investigate their local eco-systems.  

 

Scientific Illustration | Photo Gallery