WSFC Art Teachers Unite at Reynolda!

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WSFC Art Teachers Unite at Reynolda!

From the Education Department | @LearnReynolda

On Wednesday, October 16, the Museum hosted over 80 art teachers from the elementary, middle and high schools of Forsyth County for a dynamic professional development meeting.  


Penny Freeland, Lead Visual Arts Teacher for the Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools, organized the workshop, entitled "Visual Literacy Circles." The motif of the circle was really appropriate as the three teaching levels (Elementary, Middle and High School) rotated between three activities held in the Auditorium, Gallery, and Studio of the Mary and Charlie Babcock Education Wing.  This semi-annual meeting presented teachers with opportunities to integrate art and language arts goals in their classrooms.  Penny worked with teachers to explore an activity comparing two different artworks, to stimulate students' vocabularies through descriptive text.


Education Department staffers Kathleen Hutton and Julia Hood assisted with two other sessions, in which teachers practiced visual thinking strategies while looking at an artwork in the gallery--a way to generate group discussion about art in the classroom--and had the opportunity to work in the Reynolda House studio on collaborative artworks that combined drawn images with text.


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