Teacher Program: Abstraction Attraction
Ever wondered how to teach students to appreciate abstract art and help them discover its relevance? Do you have trouble “getting” abstraction and mining it for meaning? Then this is the program for you!
Participating teachers will:
- Explore Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today as well as the museum’s collection.
- Hear from Nancy G. Heller, author of Why a Painting is Like a Pizza: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Art, and professor of Modern & Contemporary Art History at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
- Hear from Virginia Treanor, NMWA’s associate curator, about the types, origins, and significance of abstract art forms.
- Learn about artists with ties to the Washington region.
- Brainstorm curricular connections with local teachers.
- Play gallery games aimed at finding a love for—or at least an appreciation of—abstraction.
Pizza will be provided.
$10. Reservations required.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Magnetic Fields places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time, revealing the artists’ role as unrecognized leaders in abstraction.