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This course will provide educators with ways to use art and therapeutic strategies to engage students with important issues in their world and in themselves. In the Barnes Foundation's galleries, teachers will learn practical guidelines for their own self-care and how to use mindfulness with slow looking at art. The four-day institute features hands-on workshops and exclusive access to the art collection as well as a guided tour of the special exhibition:I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola. Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo will discuss how he incorporates contemporary social justice issues within his work. Lisa Kay, of Temple University's Tyler School of Art, will discuss her new book: Therapeutic Approaches to Art Education. Participants will preview 30 Americans, an exhibition opening October 2019, showcasing influential African-American artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, and Nick Cave, and receive materials to prepare to visit that exhibition with their students. The Institute emphasizes an arts-integrated approach to lesson plan development. Teachers will be immersed in the objective method of the Barnes Foundation, and learn teaching strategies that help students develop their visual-literacy skills. Resources for classroom lessons will be provided, including lesson plans and ideas for integrating art across the curriculum into content areas such as: English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Teachers can earn Act 48 credit by completing a Student Learning Objective (SLO) assignment or earn graduate credit by completing a five-lesson SLO project.

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