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March 2014
SPRING 2014 TEACHER PROGRAMS
Mark your calendar for informative and fun teacher programs at the Saint Louis Art Museum this spring!

To Protect and Preserve: Art Conservation at the Museum
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00pm (FULL)
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00pm


Go behind the scenes of the Museum's painting and objects conservation labs to learn about the treatment and protection of artwork.

BIG EVENT FOR TEACHERS
Monday, April 14, 2014, 2:00 - 8:00pm

Celebrate all things French with the featured exhibition, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, as the city of St. Louis turns 250 in 2014!

Beyond the Surface: Textile Printing and Design
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Stamp, layer, and silkscreen a unique fabric design inspired by the colorful weavings of the textile installation, Mother Earth, Father Sky: Textiles from the Navajo World.

Voyagers Academy of Learning
Tuesday, July 15 - 25, 2014, 8:00am - 3:00pm

Immerse yourself in this experiential summer camp and go green using the natural and cultural resources of Forest Park!

Workshop registration begins approximately one week prior to each workshop date. Please refer to Teacher Programs for full workshop descriptions.
2014 MASTER TEACHER SUMMER FELLOWSHIP
Each summer the Saint Louis Art Museum awards the Master Teacher Summer Fellowship to a St. Louis area educator. Teachers of humanities, social sciences, visual/ performing arts, foreign languages, and physical sciences disciplines who have a concern for arts-based interdisciplinary education are encouraged to apply. During the four-week paid appointment, the fellow pursues her/ his pedagogical interests through a variety of self-directed learning research projects.

Kimberly Glessner, Hillsboro High School Art History and English teacher, was last year's fellowship recipient. During her tenure at the Museum, she researched Postwar German and American art as she explored the connections between visual/ textual literacies in accordance with Common Core Standards. Kimberly says of the experience: "Being selected as the Master Teacher Fellow was remarkable! I felt empowered to examine my own teaching interests and to share my passion for modern art and culture with teacher colleagues across various grades and disciplines. It is important to target junior high and high school populations, and as Master Teacher Fellow I was able to address a topic that I feel is widely applicable to both teachers and students."

Prospective applicants for the Master Teacher Summer Fellowship must have a Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred); at least three years of teaching experience; and be a certified teacher currently employed in the St. Louis area. Please visit Teacher Programs for complete fellowship information.

The Master Teacher Summer Fellowship application deadline is Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
ART IN BLOOM RETURNS!
Attention all gardeners and flower enthusiasts! Art in Bloom, the Museum's annual weekend festival of flowers and fine art, returns this February! View imaginative floral interpretations inspired by works in the collection, and enjoy free family activities, floral demonstrations, lectures, performances, and more.

Festival highlights include lectures by Judith Farr, award-winning set designer for Downton Abbey, and David Bromstad, interior designer and HGTV host; docent-led explorations of the collection; a family performance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and an elegant afternoon tea hosted in the Terrace Tent.

Art in Bloom will take place Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 2. Admission is free and open to the public. Advance ticket purchase is required for select programs. Please visit slam.org for the full schedule of programs and events.
COMING SOON: MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to offer experiential programs for middle and high school students this spring. Please join us for for a workshop or schedule your own docent-led or self-guided tour.

Exploring with the Artist
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 9:00am - 2:30pm

The annual high school program Exploring with the Artist offers small groupsof students and their teachers an opportunity to work directly with a contemporary artist to explore an artistic problem. This year's featured artist is Los Angeles-based Won Ju Lim, whose work consists of densely structured mixed media environments created using sculpture, video, collage, and photography. Lim's work will be on view in the Museum's Currents series and will provide the basis for the Exploring with the Artist sculpture project and group critique. Program enrollment will begin in mid-March. Please email schoolprograms@slam.org for additional information.

War in the 20th Century
April/ May 2014

Kimberly Glessner, 2013 Master Teacher Summer Fellow, leads this interdisciplinary middle school workshop which connects visual culture and historical events. Students will embark on a journey through the collection as they examine artistic responses to conflict, from World War I to the Cold War, through a variety of writing, discussion, and drawing activities. Program dates to be determined in consultation with participating teachers. Need-based bus transportation is available for qualifying city and county schools. Teachers interested in participating in this program should contact schoolprograms@slam.org for additional information.

Save the Date: Teen Arts Council Young Artists' Exhibition
May 20 - 31, 2014

High school students are welcome to submit works of art for inclusion in the 2nd annual Young Artists' Exhibition. Coordinated and juried by members of the Museum's recently formed Teen Arts Council, the exhibition celebrates the creative endeavors of local young artists. Students may submit two-dimensional works created in a variety of media which interpret the theme, "First Impressions." Artwork submissions must be received by May 1. Please email kimberly.jacobs@slam.org for additional information . Stay tuned for updates in the next edition of Educator eNews.
IF IT WASN'T FOR THE WOMEN: THE ART OF STORYTELLING
In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Saint Louis Art Museum presents its 4th annual program If It Wasn't for the Women. Since 2011 the Museum has celebrated the triumphs of women of color with a panel of dynamic artists, scholars, community activists, and humanitarians. This year's presentation will highlight the art of storytelling through oral traditions, visual art, and dance.

Throughout history, African Americans have adapted the oratory tradition of storytelling through different artistic forms such as quilting, folk tales, music, dance, and gospel music. In the 21st century, the stortytelling tradition continues to thrive and evolve into even more unique forms. If Wasn't for the Women welcomes two artists: Diane Williams and Aparna Kalyanaraman, both of whom share a passion for using their talents to carry on distinct methods of storytelling.

Diane Williams is an accomplished author and fiber artist who uses her storytelling skills to prove how images -both verbal and visual - can guide us to a place of cultural understanding, tolerance, and empathy. Williams will interweave the distinct traditions of African Kente cloth with the history of the American Underground Railroad as she explores the textiles of Harriet Powers, Faith Ringgold, and Gwen Magee. Aparna Kalyanaraman uniquely incorporates East Indian, West African, and Columbian dance in her method of teaching and choreography. She will share what fuels her passion for dancing, as well as various cultures' commonality through dance and storytelling.

If It Wasn't for the Women will be held Saturday, March 8, from 10:00am-noon at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis located at 6128 Delmar Blvd. Refreshments will follow the program. Admission is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and RSVPs are encouraged via email at kimberly.jacobs@slam.org or via phone at 314.655.5373. 
MUSEUM ENTRANCE FOR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
The Museum has undergone many changes recently, not least of which was the designation of a new group entrance. The South Auditorium doors re-opened last October as the entrypoint for all school groups and community organizations arriving by bus, shuttle van, or other means of large passenger transportation. The entrance was established in order to expedite group entry and exit as well as to ensure the safe unloading and loading of passengers. It is accessible from Fine Arts Drive via Valley Drive Tuesday through Sunday during the Museum's operating hours. Please make certain to book your visit ahead of time by submitting a Group Request Form for docent-led or self-guided tours!
IMPRESSIONIST FRANCE: VISIONS OF NATION FROM LE GRAY TO MONET
The Saint Louis Art Museum partners with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this spring to present Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet. Featuring a selection of paintings and photographs by renowned masters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Édouard Manet, this exhibition chronicles the emergence of landscape as a reflection of French national and cultural identity. The exhibition focuses on works made between 1850 and 1880, during a period of history in which the country was being radically transformed and modernized. In addition to painted masterworks, important photographs by artists including Gustave Le Gray, Charles Marville, and Édouard Baldus document the distinctions between France's industrialized cities and rural countryside.

School Tours: The Museum is pleased to offer discounted exhibition entry for students at a rate of $1 per ticket through the end of May. In order to redeem this special rate, visits must be booked four weeks in advance via the Group Request Form and must take place Tuesday through Thursday. 

Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet will be on view in the Special Exhibition Galleries March 16 through July 6. Find out more about the exhibition here.
EXHIBITION AND IMAGE CREDITS
 

Art in Bloom Returns!
Isabella Kirkland, American, born 1954; published by Feature, Inc.; detail of Descendant, from the portfolio Taxa, 2006; inkjet print; 34 1/16 x 25 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Sidney and Sadie Cohen Print Purchase Fund 158:2011.1 © Isabella Kirkland. Courtesy of Feature, Inc., New York

Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet
Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926; The Promenade with the Railroad Bridge, Argenteuil, 1874; oil on canvas; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr. 45:1973


Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet is co-organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The St. Louis presentation of Impressionist France is supported by BMO Harris Bank. This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


Art in Bloom
February 28-March 2, 2014


New Media Series - Marco Brambilla: Evolution (Megaplex)
January 10-March 30, 2014
Gallery 301

Life Cycles: Isabella Kirkland's Taxa
January 24-June 15, 2014
Gallery 321

Anything but Civil: Kara Walker's Vision of the Old South
February 26-August 10, 2014
Galleries 234 and 235