Professional Development

Join us as we engage in creative teaching strategies and explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections focused on the Freer and Sackler’s collections and exhibitions. Please mark your calendars for upcoming professional development opportunities.

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Teacher Virtual Workshop: Slow Looking and Hokusai  

Saturday, April 10, 2021
11 am–1 pm EDT
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What is slow looking and what are the benefits of engaging in this practice? The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely recognized for a single imageThe Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, thathas become an icon of global art. Learn more about Hokusai and his works included in the Freer Gallery of Art collectionsThen, practice a slow looking exercise with a work of art by Hokusai as you engage in an interactive lesson plan demonstration led by a Freer and Sackler teacher in virtual residence. Leave the session with new resources and skills you can develop with your students. 

Teacher Virtual Workshop
Making Me: Identity Artifacts

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
6–7 pm
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How can we guide the inquiry of identity through the arts? Examine a work of art using the lenses of identity and family through thinking routines. Define the many layers of your identity through a self-reflection activity. Then create and document your own identity artifact by using metaphor and objects found in your home. This workshop is designed for teachers, parents, and care providers of all stripes and is part of the Remake Learning Days Festival.