How can art can lead us to deeper truths and new ways of seeing?


Wednesday, September 23rd 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. 

This session will be composed of thoroughgoing examinations of two or three prints in the exhibition “Worth a Thousand Words: Nineteenth-Century American Prints from the Farnsworth.” What myths do we hold dear about mid-century America?  About Abraham Lincoln? About gentile Southern life? This session will demonstrate how art can lead us to deeper truths and new ways of seeing.

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.


Roger Dell has been curator of gallery education at the Honolulu Academy of the Arts, director of education at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, director of education at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Massachusetts, and is currently director of education at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine. Dell has created innovative art museum education programs for students and adults and has lectured widely on art history, arts education, and museums. In Chicago, Dell was one of the managers who built a $60 million Museum of Contemporary Art new building, overseeing the design and programming of the education space. In Fitchburg, Dell was the lead person in the creation of the Museum Partnership School, an arts magnet middle school within the Fitchburg Art Museum and an adjacent school building. This unique collaboration between a public school system and a private arts museum afforded students the opportunity to take their classes in an art museum, where artworks were used as texts, and art was integrated into the curriculum of each and every subject. Between 2002 and 2006, the Museum Partnership School was designated a Lincoln Center Institute Focus School, which brought a wide array of dance, theater, and visual arts to the school. While working in museums, Dell has taught at the university level in Hawai'i, Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts; for ten years Dell taught in the Arts and Education Program, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and for eight years in the Museum Studies Program, Harvard Extension School. 


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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