Teachers As Artists: Expression

By Louise A. Palermo, Curator of Education

In a celebration of, and in partnership with, Washington (WAEA) and Oregon (OAEA) Art Education Associations, Maryhill Museum of Art invites you to view our annual exhibition, “Teachers as Artists.” This year’s theme is “Expression.” This juried exhibition allows the talented people who teach our children to show you the level of excellence they bring to the classroom. Most art educators continue to work on their skills throughout their lives, improving and learning new techniques, not only to be better educators, but because they are professionals and art is their life journey.  

This exhibition can be viewed in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center until April 17. Come to the opening on March 18 at 1:00 and meet the artists. Let them know the ways an art educator made a difference in your life.

Art Museums and Cultural Institutions as tools for educators

In addition to honoring art educators, Maryhill is committed to supporting them through programs and professional development opportunities. In partnership with several community cultural institutions, we will offer a three clock hour or professional development hours event to support classrooms in exciting ways.

On September 8 from 4 to 7 o’clock, educators will gather at Maryhill to be given a special tour of our galleries, an exciting art-making opportunity, and find out about other organizations that want to serve our schools in new and great ways through partnerships and programs. The Ft. Vancouver Regional Libraries, The Dalles-Wasco County Library, The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, and the US Army Corps of Engineers from The Dalles Lock and Dam have joined forces to offer you art education experiences that also engage STEM learning.

In addition to the tour, information, and a full pizza dinner, you will received lots of useful tools such as lesson plans, resources, and learn about great support opportunities for you and your students.

To make a reservation call Lou Palermo at 509-773-3733 x25 or email louise@maryhillmuseum.org. Registration is $10.00

Summer Institute for Artists and Art Educators: Art History and media 

Maryhill Museum is really excited to offer art educators something one teacher referred to as “Summer Therapy Camp.” This five-day institute is all about you and will explore art history through the exciting media that defined a period of art-making. From tempera to digital media, we’ve invited guest artists to enrich your art and support lesson planning for invigorating your skills being an inspiration to your students. The Summer Institute was developed to highlight the deep connections between STEM education and art education. It’s so hot…it makes STEAM!!

Participants will earn 32 Professional Development/Clock Hours and also 15 STEAM professional development hours, as well.  

We do more than sit in a classroom during this week. We will engage with exciting media through our own art-making, visit working artist studios, and enjoy our camaraderie in the beautiful area of the Columbia River Gorge.  

We will work with you to help you find a room-share arrangement; or you can stay in a lovely campsite at Maryhill State Park or stay in one of the many Bed and Breakfast accommodations in the area. It’s enriching for your soul, as well as your artistry! 

If you are a member of Maryhill, registration is $250/$270 for non-members. We do have a generous scholarship offered on a first-asked basis.  

These are just a few of the programs with teachers in mind, but they are also for everyone! If you are interested, please consider joining us!