Monthly Archives: February 2013

Excuse me, but do you have the Time?

By Camille Tewell, Teacher Programs Manager, The Big Picture

I received an email from a teacher the other day. At the end of the message she wrote: “I…love the arts integration program that you have at the museum. I just wish I could slow some of the other things going on around school so that I could focus on implementing it.” 

We hear this a lot–teachers are busy people. The school year moves quickly and there are other demands on your time. How can busy people explore new ideas in their profession without neglecting their responsibilities? Where do you find the time for inspiration? What difficult questions to answer! Surely there isn’t a single solution that works for everyone.

We want you to know that we are listening. Big Picture professional development programs for teachers come in all shapes and sizes—we offer short webinars, single- or two-day workshops, and (if you have lots of time to spare) year-long, intensive fellowships. Could one (or more) of these fit into your life?

If not, try our blog on for size. We won’t trespass on your time here, particularly with our new series of bite-sized posts (we’re calling them “Timecapsules”) on the concept of Time, which has been designed with your (limited) time in mind. Do you teach Time in your subject area? Each Timecapsule features a work of art in our collection and brief thoughts on how the work connects with the common teaching concept of Time.

Timecapsule #1 to be opened on ArtNC News in exactly 5 days.

Top Ten: Most Popular Works of Art on


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

Ever wonder what everyone else is teaching? Last month, these ten works of art received the most hits out of the 150+ NCMA collection works on Which of these do you use in your classroom?

1. The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

2. The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset

3. Ships in a Stormy Sea off a Coast

4. Forward

5. Portrait of Emy

6. Still Life with Basket of Fruit

7. Mosaic

8. Crater of Popocatépetl

9. Capriccio: The Rialto Bridge and The Church of S. Giorgio Maggiore

10. Lucrezia de’ Medici (1545-1561)

Collaboration #3: The Creative Crew

By Michelle Harrell and Emily Kotecki, Coordinators of NCMA Teen and College Programs

When you watch a movie, sports game, short film, animation, or the evening news, have you ever considered how many people played a part in its creation? What you see is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the completed product. End credits give you a sense of just how many jobs and people work together to create a film. From the initial brainstorming to the final cut, videography is an inherently collaborative pursuit. The number of collaborators can range from 10 to over 100. In each case, people with individual skills come together to work toward a common goal.

We live, create, and consume in a visual culture where video is pervasive. 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Instead of being passive consumers of this media, learning videography can empower students to be creative, collaborative, and visually literate members of society. Creating is at the top of the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and a great way to to teach students about the process of collaboration. In the Museum’s online videography course for high schoolers, students pick the roles they want to play and work together on an Exquisite Corpse-style video. In their teams, they engage with the project, take control of their learning, and create together.

Collaborating and getting feedback from different perspectives can be difficult, but ultimately the process makes the final project even stronger. Marc Russo, video animator and an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at North Carolina State University’s College of Design, describes the benefits of collaborating on his own artistic projects.

Marc Russo on Collaboration from The North Carolina Museum of Art on Vimeo.

Meet Mark Russo and discover strategies for collaborating across the disciplines at the Spring Educator Expo on Thursday, March 21 in Jacksonville, NC.