Building Skills in Museum Education through Online Courses

As usual, Lindsey has posted very helpful information.

Looking Back, Moving Forward in Museum Education!

February 6, 2020

One of the ways all professionals, especially museum education professionals, should take advantage of professional development opportunities is taking courses that will develop skills we use in our professions. Sometimes it is more convenient to take online courses that allow museum professionals to schedule their coursework around their available time. Online courses provide opportunities to connect with other individuals when one is not able to get that experience in a regular course. There are many options to explore for online courses especially for museum education courses.

The most recent example of options I came across is from MuseumDev, which offers 4-week courses for museum professionals taught by subject experts with specialized skills and practical experience. MuseumDev courses are offered to those who are currently employed in a museum and want to broaden their skill set, on the job market for museum positions and want to gain a…

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Sun Made Copies of Awesomeness (again)

2020 UPDATE.(Scroll down further in the post to see the art lesson ideas.) Since posting this lesson, I took a history of photography course.  I feel a few changes and addendums are needed. It's still a great lesson - but there's more to it than an activity and some peripheral artists. There's science here! The... Continue Reading →

I’m making a frog

I've got the images all backward. BUT... perhaps you can see that under all the figerglass, is a frog. And inside that latex mold... is a frog! He looks like I put him on a wedding cake. Why am I making a frog? It may become a piece of desert art! This is where you'll... Continue Reading →

Day at the Museum: Field Trips for Kids and Museum Educators

I’ve asked my kids what they remember about visiting art museums. Mostly it was impressions of the reverence they had to have for the institution. Then there were natural history museums – it the impressive scale of ancient things and as for children’s museums, they remember the fun they were able to have interacting – huge chess sets, wind tunnels, water and manipulative objects.
Wouldn’t it be great to mix it all up?
My thoughts tend to drift toward how museums educators can make everything more inclusive for special needs children. My experience is with bringing art into the classroom and teaching about the masters at the primary education level – the best times were had with children who had special needs. Specifically developmental or cognitive disorders. These are children who are often being taught to assimilate instead of meet the world on their terms – it was thrilling to let them find that expression through art was something they could make their own.

Thank you Lindsey for this great post.

Looking Back, Moving Forward in Museum Education!

Added to Medium, July 27, 2017

Before we know it, it will be time for kids to return to school. The highlight of the majority of the students’ school year is the field trip or two. Both kids and museum educators look forward to these field trips for different reasons. Kids enjoy time away from the classroom to play and to, ultimately, learn. Museum educators look forward to interacting with the students to show them ways to bring the material they learn to life, and to assist teachers in teaching the material the students learn in the classroom. To successfully fulfil our institutions’ missions as well as our schools’ expectations, we learn about what the teachers’ standards are for in the classroom they make sure to follow to help their students fulfil the requirements. By seeing how field trips effect kids and museum educators, we can understand how field trips…

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I’m a published author!!

I'm so happy with the research that came together for this post. The project will eventually yield an exhibition at the Lied Library on UNLV campus. I'll for sure post when it happens. Sadly, the exhibit was cancelled due to the Pandemic. The paper this article was derived from won the Lance & Elena Calvert... Continue Reading →

One Last Lesson

Yes! You can put away the Art Room and still have something to do. The students probably have the supplies for this artwork in their desks already. And the best thing (imho) here, is that the concepts and practiced skill learned in this lesson will give them something to do all summer or whenever they’re... Continue Reading →

Art is Basic on Peter Reynolds

Recently, I was I am often drawn into Pinterest... In fact, it's a favorite place to find inspiration and feel like I am staying in touch with my artistic self.  I see so many awesome lessons by art educators. I had to post about International Dot Day. You see, International Dot Day takes place at... Continue Reading →

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