TST BOCES Cooperative Enrichment organized a teacher workshop at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art September 22, 2017 to help show regional educators some of the learning opportunities available through the museum.
The workshop, titled “Explore Asia,” was structured around the Johnson Museum’s Asian collection, which features pieces from across the continent, ranging from modern works to pieces many centuries old. A tour of the Asian galleries led by Ellen Avril, Curator of Asian Art and Chief Curator at the Johnson Museum, gave the educators present a chance to view and discuss some of the pieces currently on display.
“Whether you’re teaching about Asian culture or climate change, medieval life or belief systems, The Johnson represents a rich extension of the classroom,” said Carol Hockett, Coordinator of School and Family Programs at the Johnson Museum. “Object based learning in the museum galleries can engage students in close looking and critical thinking that can complement classroom work and put it in context.”
A number of engaging activities provided other ideas and inspiration for educators to use in their curriculum, including a musical presentation by Doga Tekin and the Middle Eastern Ensemble. Teachers at the workshop also got a hands-on demonstration in “Gyotaku,” the traditional Japanese art of printing fish using ink and rice paper.
The “Explore Asia” teacher workshop is part of an ongoing relationship between TST BOCES and the Johnson Museum of Art, designed to empower educators to use the resources available through the museum to enrich and diversify their lesson plans.