Those of us who teach art know what a thrill it is to guide the creative and expressive ideas of our students. Few of us would teach anything else. However, an exciting trend in art education is emerging. More and more classroom teachers and administrators are realizing the impact art has on students and the total school curriculum. Such enthusiasm and interest was clearly evidenced last summer during the sixth annual Teacher Institute at the National Gallery of Art. Teachers and administrators from across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and abroad traveled to Washington, DC, during July and August to learn as much as they could about the Modern art movements
This is a list of art movements. These terms, helpful for curricula or anthologies, evolved over time to group artists who are often loosely related. from 1900 to 1940. The Institute's focus changes annually. Previous topics included American art American art, the art of the North American colonies and of the United States. There are separate articles on American architecture, North American Native art, pre-Columbian art and architecture, Mexican art and architecture, Spanish colonial art and architecture, , French Impressionism impressionism, in painting
impressionism, in painting, late-19th-century French school that was generally characterized by the attempt to depict transitory visual impressions, often painted directly from nature, and by the use of pure, broken color to and the Renaissance.
Each of the three sessions of the Teacher Institute has the same focus and lasts one informative, thought-provoking and action-packed week. Each of the session's fifty participants arrives at the National Gallery, receives a detailed packet of information along with a hearty welcome from members of the Education Division, enjoys delicious pastries and coffee, then settles in for lectures, tours and hand-on-activities. The staff of the Department of Teacher and School Programs has carefully planned the week's agenda, allowing for short breaks and time allocated for "shop talk." Various study groups give the teachers and administrators a chance to share ideas and concerns.
A typical day runs from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. and consists of lectures and hands-on or in-gallery activity sessions.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Distinguished scholars from nearby colleges and universities, such as the University of Delaware  The student body at the University of Delaware is largely an undergraduate population. Delaware students have a great deal of access to work and internship opportunities. , Georgetown and the Maryland Institute College of Art Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is an art university in Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1826, making it the oldest accredited art college in the United States. , along with the Gallery's curators and lecturers provide informative lectures. The course is presented in a humanities format, which places art in context and in the society of its time. A connection is evident among art, literature, theater, history and music. This interdisciplinary approach allows the participants to get the "whole picture," and assists in understanding how and why these works were created and what they meant to viewers in another time. It's exciting to be in the Gallery prior to its opening to the general public and to take in some of the behind-the-scenes activities. One of these activities allowed for an "up close and personal" look at German Expressionist ex·pres·sion·ism
A movement in the arts during the early part of the 20th century that emphasized subjective expression of the artist's inner experiences.
ex·pres prints in the East Building's Print Room, which is only open to the public by appointment. The gallery writing and reflection activities at both the National Gallery and the nearby Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum was designed by Gordon Bunshaft to house 6,000 pieces of the enormous art collection amassed by the industrialist Joseph H. allowed the group to work more closely with the Gallery's staff and lecturers.
Educational and Enjoyable
Accommodations for the week are available for a modest fee at Marymount University Marymount University is a coeducational, four-year Catholic university whose main campus is located in Arlington, Virginia. History
Marymount was founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) as Marymount College, a two-year women's school. in Arlington, Virginia, which is about twenty minutes from the National Gallery. As the week progresses, everyone gets to know each other, and the chartered bus rides in and out of the city are alive with chatter and laughter. This provides an excellent opportunity to develop camaraderie and to network. The Gallery staff eagerly assists Institute participants with information about the Gallery and the city, all of which makes the week both educational and enjoyable.
Mark Your Calendars
Plans are now underway for the 1995 Summer Institutes with three sessions focusing on American Art and, on alternate weeks, two sessions focusing on Renaissance Art scheduled as follows: July 10-15: American Art; July 17-22: Renaissance; July 24-29: American Art; July 31-August 5: Renaissance; and August 7-12: American Art.
A special initiative will allow for an emphasis on including principals and administrators, ideally with a team of teachers from their district. An application must be submitted describing how participation in the Institute will benefit both the applicant (or team) and students. For more information and an application, contact Julie Springer, Department of Teacher and School Programs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 20565. Tel: (202) 842-6796.
Robert H. Chappel is an art teacher at Wilson High School There are numerous Wilson High Schools in the United States, most named after the United States President Woodrow Wilson, including:
leave, leave of absence - the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; "a ten day's leave to visit his mother" .
[Editor's Note: For other summer institute initiatives, see the listings under "Summer Opportunities" on pages 3 to 8.!