Shapes and Colors: Paths to Poetry


Wednesday, October 21st from 4:00-6:00. 


The Farnsworth Art Museum's (FAM) Educator Cohort is designed to help classroom and speciality teachers incorporate arts-learning strategies in the classroom through visual thinking strategies, an inquiry-based process, and hands-on-art-making activities that connect to curricular standards. No previous experience in the arts or arts-learning is required. All educators are welcome. Contact Hour Certificates are presented for educator participation. 

In works of art, we respond to shape and color. This hands-on workshop will explore our responses from a number of vantage points: 1.) Looking at paintings, 2.) Responding to poems that take different shapes, and 3.) Engaging in collage activities where shape and color trigger words.  Participants will brainstorm about how the activities they engaged in and what they experienced will fulfill learning and creative objectives they have for their students.

Please meet us in the Main Lobby of the Farnsworth to begin our session. All participants will receive 2 Contact Hours upon completion of the workshop.



Ellen Goldsmith is the author of three books of poetry -- Where to Look, Such Distances, and No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect, which won the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 1997 chapbook contest. In Maine, she has taught for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Farnsworth Art Museum, 5-Towns CSD Adult and Continuing Education and the Coastal Senior College. Her teaching explores the connections between poetry and art and the way the creative process opens door to learning and feeling. She is a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum and professor emeritus of The City University of New York.


FAM Educator Cohort Workshops are free professional development opportunities for local teachers.

to register

Please note that although all workshops are free and open to all local area educators, registration is required. Please submit the form below and indicate the sessions you plan to attend. 

This workshop is limited to the first 20 registrants on a first come, first serve basis. We will notify you in the event that you attempt to register for a full workshop.

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