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Teacher Workshop

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

March 4, 2008

The Museum of Fine Arts will present "The Other Side of Currier & Ives," a two-part teacher workshop on Monday, April 7, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, April 14 from 4 -6:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to teach American history using images from the museum's large collection of 19th-century Currier & Ives prints. The deadline to register for the workshop is March 14.

The workshop is open to history, art, and English language arts teachers in Massachusetts schools. Teachers are eligible to earn 10 professional development points (PDPs) for their participation.

The educators will study some of Currier & Ives' more controversial images of difficult subject matter, such as the "Darktown" series that portrays African-Americans in a way that is offensive and shocking to today's viewer. Other images illustrated the Industrial Revolution and immigration in the 19th century.

Teachers will gain visual literacy skills as they learn how 19th-century visual culture influenced Americans' perceptions of society. They will also explore how these images can be incorporated into the history, art, and English curricula.

Presenters include Heather Haskell, director of the Springfield Art Museums; Julia Courtney, curator of art; and James Moran and Lauren Hewes of the American Antiquarian Society.

For more information about the workshop and to register, call the museum at 413.263.6800, ext. 323.
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