Monthly Archives: July 2012

How to: Gallery Walk

By Mel Murphy

What It Is:
Gallery Walk is a discussion technique in which students move around the classroom to work with multiple works of art, documents, or artifacts in round-robin fashion.

Why Do It:
Gallery walks are extremely flexible and can be planned for any length of time, from a 10-minute bell ringer to multiple days of inquiry. Artifacts and documents can be displayed on posters, on computer screens, or on Internet discussion boards. Students work independently or in small groups, which takes away the pressure of contributing to discussion in front of the whole class and allows even shy students to contribute to investigation. For instructors it’s a chance to gauge the depth of student understanding of particular concepts and to challenge misconceptions. (Source: Science Education Resource Center)

How to Do It:
Display works of art around the room, along with markers and chart paper. If you are not comfortable allowing students to make marks directly on the image, be sure to remind them not to mark on the copies of the works of art. Then have students move around the room in groups and record on the chart paper their response to the question “What does this work of art make you wonder?” After rotating through all the works of art, students should select specific questions to guide further discussion and academic inquiry.

Link Information:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC).  “What is Gallery Walk?” April 2, 2008.

Big Picture Student Exhibitions at the NCMA

By Camille Tewell, Teacher Programs Manager, The Big Picture
Think your students might like seeing their own works of art displayed at the NCMA? Start planning now! Implement a lesson in early September to meet the deadline for the winter exhibition. Or, try a lesson at any point during the year to submit works for our fall 2013 show. Here are the details:

Test out one of the many art-integrated lesson plans on and submit the best student work sample. (You are welcome to make modifications to the lesson plan to meet the needs of your students.) Two-dimensional works must be no larger than 18 x 24 inches, and three-dimensional works should be less than 10 inches deep.

Submissions from any grade level or subject area are welcome. Works will be selected based on the originality of the student work sample and the teacher’s use or adaptation of the art-integrated lesson plan.

Entries must include:

·       Photo of the student work sample (jpeg is recommended)

·       Photo of the implementation of the lesson plan in the classroom (jpeg is recommended)

·       Title of the related ArtNC lesson plan and a description of any modifications you made

·       Two- to three-sentences describing why you think the student’s product is exemplary.

Exhibition 1 (two-dimensional works only)

·       Deadline for submissions: September 24, 2012

·       Exhibition on view at the NCMA January 11–April 14, 2013

Exhibition 2

·       Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2013

·       Exhibition on view at the NCMA October 25, 2013–January 5, 2014

To submit an entry, send it by e-mail to Camille Tewell at

What Can a Small Bird Be?

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture


Do you teach character traits–respect, responsibility, self-discipline, courage….? Then you need to read What Can A Small Bird Be? This new children’s story produced by the NCMA and the NC Department of Public Instruction is a great resource that supports guidance and reading instruction at the elementary and middle school level.

Listen to the story and keep an eye on our upcoming teacher programs for related teacher workshops coming this fall.