Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Getty Museum Educators Site

The Getty Museum Education Department gives a variety of teacher support to bring the arts into the classroom. A free Getty Teacher Update e newsletter currently offers the curriculum titled "Historical Witness, Social Messaging" which explores works of art "depicting aspects of social impulse,war, and unfair labor practices." On some lessons there are segments that include audio clips with curator interviews and features that allow the viewer to zoom into details of featured works of art.
The Education Department has another section called Teacher Programs and Resources which assists teachers in creating arts-focused lessons. They even include step by step guidance in teaching visual arts by grade level. There was a free 3 1/2 day institute for secondary-level teachers conducted July 13 - 17, 2009.
The Getty also has established the Teacher Art Exchange, an online community of teachers that discusses issues related to art education through e-mail. A new thread can be started by e-mailing a message to the listserv at teacherartexchange@lists.getty.edu.
Simply log on to The Getty Museum for more information and to sign-up for the free Getty Teacher Updates.

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