Monthly Archives: September 2012

Educator Expo in Their Own Words

By Camille Tewell, Teacher Programs Manager, The Big Picture

Thank you, teachers in western North Carolina, for coming out to our Summer Educator Expo on August 30! We enjoyed the opportunity to bring professional development and resources to YOU.

Did you miss this event? Your colleagues in Asheville and beyond shared the following reflections with us after the event:

“I loved finding out about all the different resources available to assist with planning.”

“I feel more equipped to work on cross-curricular themes based around the arts.”

 “I learned about printmaking and how EASY it is to integrate into my classroom! I loved it!”

“My colleague and I have plans in the works to incorporate one of the strategies. We’ve also pulled a history teacher into the collaboration.”

The next Expo is November 7 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Spaces are going quickly. To register see our Programs page. Hope to see you there!

Visual Literacy Resources: Part 2

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

Download these practical and easy routines for discussing works of art in the classroom or museum gallery. Teachers tell us these strategies are simple to remember, generate thoughtful discussion, and help students practice critical thinking skills.

You can use these questions with any work in the ArtNC image gallery. Pick a work of art. Pick a strategy. Be surprised by what you and your students discover together.

Visual Literacy Resources: Part 1

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

The new North Carolina Essential Standards include three standards to support visual literacy instruction in the K–12 art classroom. This is a great thing! Visual literacy—the ability to construct meaning from visual images—is a critical skill for students and teachers alike. However, it is often tricky to explain what it means and looks like to those who are not familiar with its related benefits or methodologies. It can also be difficult to find new ways of nurturing this skill across grade levels, learning types, and subjects.

Fear not! Over the next few days, we will be exploring four different resources that can help you define, advocate for, and teach visual literacy to a wide range of learners.

The Visual Literacy White Paper
This document clearly defines the term visual literacy, describes its history and educational benefits, and demonstrates what it looks like in K–12 and college instruction. Share it with administrators, parents, or anyone who questions the pedagogy or impact of visual literacy.