Columbia Museum of Art offers educators a variety of upcoming workshops

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Columbia Museum of Art offers educators a variety of upcoming workshops

CMA educator workshops are built on the museum’s collection and exhibitions on view. Photo courtesy of Drew Baron / Columbia Museum of Art.

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces educator workshops in April and May covering such subjects as Visual Thinking Strategies methodology, the practice of mindfulness, and South Carolina Design Thinking Standards. Designed for small groups, in-depth educator workshops use the museum’s collection and exhibitions to introduce new ways of thinking about the curriculum and to show innovative teaching approaches. Each educator receives an illustrated teacher packet and a certificate of participation.

Virtual Educator Workshop: Visual / Verbal
Thursday, April 1 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Zoom
This educator workshop dives into the complex connections that students can make between visual images and language, both verbal and written. In this dynamic professional development session, participants learn about the Visual Thinking Strategies methodology and build on those skills by trying out activities that can be adapted for use in the classroom. CMA Writer-in-Residence Ray McManus leads a session on incorporating poetry with art. All materials provided. Registration includes gallery admission, and one set of CMA Words & Works cards. Participants earn seven hours of professional renewal credit. Registrants will be sent a zoom link for participation. $60 / $42 for members.

Educator Workshop: Visual / Verbal
Friday, April 2 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This educator workshop dives into the complex connections that students can make between visual images and language, both verbal and written. In this dynamic professional development session, participants learn about the Visual Thinking Strategies methodology and build on those skills by trying out activities that can be adapted for use in the classroom. CMA Writer-in-Residence Ray McManus leads a session on incorporating poetry with art. All materials provided. Registration includes gallery admission, lunch, and one set of CMA Words & Works cards. Participants earn seven hours of professional renewal credit. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing; face coverings are required. $60 / $42 for members.

Educator Workshop: The Art of Mindfulness
Friday, April 30 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
There is a growing call to incorporate practices of mindfulness in the classroom. This workshop examines the intersection of art-making and mindful practices that can benefit teachers and students in any classroom. Learn exercises that can build empathy and encourage students to better understand their thoughts and actions, particularly through challenging times. Registration fee includes gallery admission, lunch, and one Art of Mindfulness digital toolkit. Participants earn seven hours of professional renewal credit. Capacity limited to 10 participants to allow for physical distancing in the CMA studios; face coverings are required. $100 / $80 for members.

Educator Workshop: The Artful Designer
Friday, May 14 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
With design at its core, this full-day workshop gives an overview of the South Carolina Design Thinking Standards and how art can be infused in cross-curricular design projects. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s design gallery with Curator Catherine Walworth, plus hands-on games and activities that can be modeled and modified for use with students as they work collaboratively to develop design thinking mentality. All materials provided. Registration fee includes gallery admission, lunch, and one set of CMA Person, Place, Product cards. Participants earn seven hours of professional renewal credit. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing; face coverings are required. $60 / $42 for members.

These programs are supported by a grant from Aflac, housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, and an entrance on Main Street. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

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