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Enrich your teaching practice through workshops that explore intersections between Visual Literacy and core curriculum. Throughout the year, Museum offers a variety of professional development opportunities for K-16 educators.

Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Introduction to Visual Literacy
Duration: 3 contact hours
This workshop will introduce the conceptual framework of Visual Literacy and Learning to Look thinking routine, demonstrate activities that can be used to teach Visual Literacy skills, facilitate discussion on connections between visual literacy and State and Common Core standards, and provide information about available Museum resources.

Visual Literacy Across Disciplines: The Language of Art
Duration: 2 contact hours
We’ve all heard the old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This workshop will explore strategies for using images to develop descriptive vocabulary. Participants will be introduced to The Language of Art: The Elements of Art and Principles of Design, a simple and effective basis for building student vocabularies about the visual world. During the workshop, participants will engage in gallery activities designed to assist students with vocabulary acquisition.

Visual Literacy Across Disciplines: Learning to Look
Duration: 5 contact hours
Learning to Look is a six-step process developed by the Toledo Museum of Art for looking carefully and exploring a work of art on a deeper level. This five-contact hour workshop will provide participants opportunities to gain familiarity with the process as well as demonstrate techniques for using the Art of Seeing Art to teach critical thinking and problem solving in the classroom.

Contact Kate Blake at kblake@toledomuseum.org or 419 255-8000 ext. 7240 for more information or to register.

Through a new partnership with Lourdes University and WGTE participants may be eligible to receive graduate credits for participation. Additionally, your administrators may use Title II funds to provide professional development on humanities-focused concepts and approaches to humanities instruction.

Reference Library

The TMA’s Reference Library is an art research library that ref lects the museum’s collections and exhibitions. In addition to books, periodicals, and DVDs, resources include discovery boxes for educators and documentary information on the Museum’s collections. Educators are invited to use the Library, free of charge, during public hours. Search the library catalog: toledomuseum.org/learn/library