These pictures are taken from the classes I taught at the Brooklyn Museum. The ten week weekend course was called "Imaginary Landscapes," and students explored the many ways artists represent landscapes and the blurred line between "real" and "imaginary." The School Partnership that I led was called "New York: Now and Then" in which we looked at the artowrk that depicted icons of New York in the past and present and students created prints to represent their favorite places in the city.

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  • Students experimenting with materials

  • Students learned to engrave styrofoam plates to make ink prints. Each week I displayed student work from the week before.

  • I took the class outside to draw from observation in the area surrounding the Brooklyn Museum. Students used these sketches to create prints that then became landscape scrolls.

  • Modeling the ink rolling process to a class of 2nd grade students.

  • In modeling techniques it is important to engage the students by asking questions as you demonstrate and let them guess what will result from the process.

  • Modeling common mistakes and asking the students to identify what went wrong. This will help students remember that their prints will be reversed.

  • Giving students time to share and examine the work that their classmates are making is an important part of my teaching philosophy.

  • I designed group activities including having students create short skits to interpret artwork. These activities proved remarkable successful with 2nd graders who were eager to perform for each other. I was surprised to find that students for whom English was not their first language were more eager to participate than in other more traditional lessons.

  • Talking about marketplaces and life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in front George Luks' painting, "Hester Street."

  • Make time to have fun!

  • In addition to teaching from the paintings and sculptures around the museum I incorporated multimedia and museum didactic materials into my lessons.

  • At an opening reception students see their work displayed in the Brooklyn Museum. They can bring family and friends to see their work for an entire semester in the Education Gallery.

  • One of my students in front of their final project - a print of Brooklyn in the style of an Asian Scroll Landscape. The Education Gallery is open to the public during Museum hours and often elicits impressed responses from visitors.