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Top 5 Things for Teachers to Do with the DAM in Fall 2012

Teachers, on top of your TCAP, ELA, and IEP efforts, don't forget to make some time to enjoy the DAM and the tools we offer. Here are 5 things for teachers to do with the Denver Art Museum this fall:

  1. See the world exclusive Becoming Van Gogh for free. Teachers are invited to the DAM for a special Teachers' Night on November 13. Sign up for the School & Teacher Programs Art Mail e-newsletter today if you haven’t already to get details about the event and reservations. Look for your Art Mail invite on October 2. We send about six e-newsletters per year.
  2. Use a lesson plan from the DAM’s free Creativity Resource for Teachers website. DAM educators worked with teachers to design the language arts, social studies, and visual arts plans and other features on the site. Search by age group, standard, skill or other criteria. In addition to hundreds of lesson plans, the website offers categorized art images, classroom showcases, teacher workshop and webinar details, and more. 
  3. Utilize DAM tour scholarship assistance to visit for a field trip. Go to the tour descriptions on the DAM website's Schools page to see their Colorado academic standards compliance. Tour topics that explore some of the more than 70,000 objects in the DAM collection include Japan, Mexico, architecture. There also are tours of the exhibitions Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight, El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, Becoming Van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keeffe exhibitions.
  4. Sign up for a webinar. Our two teacher webinars scheduled this fall focus on found object art and horses of the American west depicted through artistic representations and historical accounts. The webinars are framed to give teachers easy-to-implement ideas and resources.
  5. Attend a workshop at the museum, just for teachers. In October, explore the new state standards through sessions taught by the DAM, Opera Colorado, Colorado Symphony, Buntport Theater and the Colorado Department of Education.  In November, find inspiration from Vincent van Gogh, then take it to your classroom with painting and poetry techniques.

And in case you’ve been living under a pile of homework, the cost of an annual teacher membership is $45.   

Fairlight Baer-Gutierrez is the digital communications manager in the communications department at the Denver Art Museum. Fairlight has been at the DAM since 2011 and she is always game to answer, entice, and inform visitors on Facebook and Twitter. Her favorite artwork that has been on view here is La Famille du Saltimbanque: L'Enfant Blesse by Gustave Dore, on level six of the North Building.