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Teacher Workshops

Learn about new exhibitions and the permanent collections and how they can enhance your curriculum. Connections to the MA Curriculum Frameworks are included in every workshop. PDPs and In-Service Credits available. For dates, times, and topics, check the Calendar or contact the Director of Docents, Ann Descoteaux, 978/345-4207 ext. 302, or Director of Education Laura Howick at ext. 305

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Educational Resources

Please contact Laura Howick, Director of Education, if you have questions about these resources or suggestions for additional resources, 978.345.4207 ext. 305 or lhowick@fitchburgartmuseum.org

CD-ROM: Inspiring Minds Through Art: An Introduction to Object-Based Learning

Developed by the Museum in conjunction with teachers from the former Museum Partnership School, Inspiring Minds Through Art offers teachers an easy-to-understand approach to integrating art objects into their math, science, English language arts, or history curriculum. Included are three ways to connect the arts to other subjects, an Art Library of almost one hundred objects from the Museum’s collections, and thirty-one printable lesson plans. Computer requirements: Windows 2000 or Mac OS 9.2 or OS-X. Please note: Newer systems may not be able to play this CD-ROM.
 
Borrow this CD-ROM for a $50 deposit (check or credit card) and $3.00 for shipping (cash or check). Deposit is refunded upon return of the CD-ROM. Call 978-345-4207 ext. 302 or 305 to reserve a copy. 
Or, Click Here to download the thirty-one arts-integrated lesson plans from the CD-ROM. 
 
CD-ROM funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning.

Resources for On-going Exhibitions

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Global Africa: Creativity, Continuity, and Change in African Art

Please find below information about Global Africa: Creativity, Continuity, and Change and pre-visit suggested discussion topics to prepare students for their visit. Research has shown that doing the first and second steps listed below helps students concentrate on learning once they get to the museum.

Your visit will fulfill the general fourth-grade History framework of studying the people of the United States. This exhibition shows examples of how American culture has been, and is, influenced by people from other countries and cultures. Download the Global Africa Educational Resource PDF

Discover Ancient Egypt

Prepare your students for a visit to this educational, interactive gallery. The 50-page manual describes the lay-out, objects, educational components, and sub-topics in the gallery. Suggestions of key concepts for discussion and activities are provided for each area. Also included are copies of the large didactic labels, a first person account of opening a tomb, a bibliography, background information on women’s legal rights, and recipes for foods eaten by the ancient Egyptians. Download the Discover Ancient Egypt Educational Resource PDF

Please contact Laura Howick, 978-345-4207 ext 305, for more information and materials.


Resources for Temporary Exhibitions

Fantastical, Political 

Through June 3, 2018

Fantastical, Political features the work of five contemporary New England artists in order to examine the use of “fantastical” aesthetics–conceived here as extravagant, ornamental, or, in certain instances, surreal–to drive dialogues on femininity, ecological degradation, national identity, gun violence, and a culture of war. Artistic techniques represented in the exhibition include drawing, collage, marbling, ceramics (cast and handbuilt), sculpture, and mixed media. Download the Fantastical, Political Educational Resources PDF here.

People Watching: Then and Now 

Through January 14, 2018

From ancient times to the present, portraiture has represented the people of its day and the complex social, political and cultural moments in which each subject and artist lived. People Watching brings together paintings and sculpture from FAM’s collection–principally ancient busts, Western paintings from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, and African sculptures–with artworks by thirteen contemporary artists from New England to explore the way that observation and representation of the human subject has shifted over time. Download the People Watching: Then and Now Educational Resources PDF here.

Plastic Imagination

Through January 15, 2017

Plastic–a product inextricably tied to the manufacturing history of North Central Massachusetts–has many characteristics that make it fantastically unique. This multipurpose material can be luminous, colorful, lightweight, flexible, durable, practical, playful, affordable, and aerodynamic. It can conjure associations with industrial accomplishment, encourage feelings of nostalgia, fuse popular culture and fine art, and trigger very real fears about consumption and waste.  Download the Plastic Imagination Educational Resource PDF

TRIIIBE: same difference

Through June 5, 2016

Fueled by a common interest in identity, performance artists Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio (identical triplet sisters) and National Geographic photographer Cary Wolinsky joined forces in 2006 to form TRIIIBE - an artistic collective that often expands to include family, friends, and fellow artists. TRIIIBE's painstakingly staged photographs, performances, and videos play up the sameness of the sisters to provoke cultural conversations about gender, equality, and difference, while traversing hot-button social and political issues.  Behind each TRIIIBE endeavor is a clever, satirical, and egalitarian exchange of ideas and an elaborate cluster of costumes, wigs, props, and make-up.

This resource packet includes suggestions for writing and art activities, explanations of key strategies used by TRIIIBE, questions to provoke discussions about identity, plus copies of labels and images of several artworks. Download the TRIIIBE Educational Resource PDF

Land Ho!

Through January 10, 2016

Land Ho! was a group exhibition that celebrated the timeless lure of the landscape in art. From majestic mountains and gently rolling hills to bucolic pastures and dewy, green fields, our landscapes are ever-changing terrains with the power to move, excite, and inspire us. Artists have been spellbound by the beauty and mystery of the landscape for centuries, and it is a rare and wonderful treat when landscape paintings from generations past hang side by side with works by twenty-first century talents. Download the Land Ho! Educational Resource PDF 

One Language Is Never Enough: Latino Artists in Southern New England

Through January 4, 2015

One Language Is Never Enough: Latino Artists in Southern New England is a group exhibition featuring twenty-four contemporary artists who currently live and work in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Each of these artists can trace personal roots to specific cultures and countries in Latin America, including: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

The artists included in this show address themes of identity, hybridity, environmentalism, social responsibility, memory, language, stereotype, and spirituality, and have mined traditions of portraiture, printmaking, photography, sculpture, illustration, magic realism, landscape painting, and abstraction to do so.  Download the One Language Is Never Enough Educational Resource PDF

Still Life Lives!

Through January 12, 2014

Still Life Lives! was a group exhibition that celebrates the vitality of the still life tradition and its themes of beauty, bounty, darkness, fragility, and fleeting moments. Still Life Lives! featured paintings from FAM’s permanent collection – gorgeous florals and fruits by Nell Blaine, Marc Chagall, Henri Fantin-Latour, William Harnett, Walt Kuhn, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marguerite Zorach, to name a few – surrounded by striking examples of the genre by over twenty contemporary New England artists. More information
A list of themes and artists' strategies
Lesson ideas for ELA and History