Visual Thinking Strategies with Deborah Gaston and Ashley Harris
Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a methodology that builds vocabulary and critical thinking skills through conversations about art. After a quick introduction to the structure by NMWA educators, take some time to consider and discuss two pieces from the museum’s collection.
SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist. Note: You need to register for each session you wish to attend. See below for descriptions of other sessions with links to register.
About the Virtual Educator Summer Camp Series
NMWA’s virtual Educator Summer Camp is designed for anyone who has chosen, or been thrust into, the role of a teacher. All educators are welcome—school teachers, adults supporting students who are temporarily learning remotely, home school instructors, scout leaders, etc. We just ask that you come with your learners in mind and a playful spirit!
Independent, one-hour sessions on a variety of topics are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, July 6 through 31. Sessions, inspired by the ABC Institutes and NMWA’s collection, are hands-on, participatory, and fun! Topics include:
- Step-by-step bookmaking
- Easy art making at home
- Conversations about art
- Introductions to women artists
- Discussing art with learners
You will receive a recommended supply list, applicable digital resources, and a Zoom meeting link in advance of each session you register to attend. Camp activities are designed to make use of materials and tools you might have at home, to encourage repurposing and seeing everyday objects in a new light.
Register for one session or many depending on your interest and commitments.
Session participants can request professional development certificates of completion reflecting total earned participation hours. Instructions will be provided to all session registrants.
Questions? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Summer Camp Sessions
Monday, July 6: NMWA, Women Artists, and Your Teaching
SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist. Discover the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ diverse collection and meet its dedicated educators during this kick-off to our Educator Summer Camp series. We’ll provide bite-sized samples of content and conversations planned for upcoming sessions to spark your curiosity about artists’ books, art-making, and the creative contributions of women artists!
Wednesday, July 8: Decorative Papers with Adjoa Burrowes
SOLD OUT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist. Learn how to decorate paper with Adjoa Burrowes, using watercolor combined with everyday household items such as salt or plastic wrap to get amazing textural effects. Make paste paper using tempera paint with flour or glue for patterned paper. All papers can be used for collage and book-making projects.
Friday, July 10: Collage and Assemblage Techniques with Dafna Steinberg
SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist. Learn how to create inventive works of art with Dafna Steinberg. Using paper materials found at home, learn how to use three-dimensional found objects to create sculptural mixed-media pieces. Discussions about respectful representation of people and diversity in collage-making will underpin this session.
Monday, July 13: Zines to Protest Injustice with Jen White-Johnson
SOLD OUT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist. What does fighting against racism and discrimination mean to you? How can art and visual language be used to represent this meaning? This session with Jen White-Johnson delves into the medium of zine making, including how zines have been used historically as counter-culture methods of protest against injustice, and the ways they can be used for activism efforts in the present day.
Wednesday, July 15: Easy Art Assignments with Sarah Urist Green
SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist. Learn about Sarah Urist Green’s latest book You Are An Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation and her PBS Digital Studio series The Art Assignment. Then try your hand at a few of Sarah’s assignments that were inspired by the work of women artists.
Friday, July 17: Instant Books with Carol Barton
SOLD OUT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist. Join Carol Barton to learn how to make three very simple “instant books” using materials most everyone has at home. Three distinct techniques will be demonstrated: a cut-and-fold accordion, a hole-punched binding, and a pamphlet stitch binding.
Monday, July 20: Page by Page: Drum Leaf Binding with Carol Todaro
SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist. This elegant binding allows you to build a book from a stack of folded sheets, or folios, and a bit of glue. Books will be finished with a simple folded cover. The session taught by Carol Todaro includes examples of imagery suitable for this binding as well as suggestions for using found materials to make books.
Wednesday, July 22: “If you like _______, then you should try ______.” with Deborah Gaston
SOLD OUT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist. Diversify the artists you feature in art lessons! By introducing your learners to historical and contemporary women artists, you help us inspire future generations and support our efforts to champion equity in the art world. This session offers inspiration by introducing fascinating, talented, and under-represented artists as alternatives to “the usual suspects” typically discussed.
Friday, July 24: “Perspective Taking” Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines with Abby Krolik and Addie Gayoso
SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist. Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines are highly-adaptable strategies that extend and deepen students’ critical thinking and become a part of the fabric of everyday learning. This session will introduce some routines that help build perspective-taking skills through discussions about works in the museum’s collections and facilitated reflections.
Monday, July 27: Visual Thinking Strategies with Deborah Gaston and Ashley Harris
SOLD OUT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a methodology that builds vocabulary and critical thinking skills through conversations about art. After a quick introduction to the structure by NMWA educators, take some time to consider and discuss two pieces from the museum’s collection.
Wednesday, July 29: Pop-up Books with Colette Fu
SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist. Pop-up book artist Colette Fu will show you several types of pop-up accordion books and demonstrate how to make your own. Basic pop-up structures and principles of kirigami will be demonstrated that can overlap into other book forms and cards.
Friday, July 31: Trivia: Can you name that woman artist?
Join us for a game of trivia to test your knowledge of women visual artists and the artwork they create! Prizes will be awarded to those who prove they are champions of women in the arts!