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June 2014
STUDENT GALLERY RETURNS
The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Student Gallery! Located next to The Farrell Auditorium, the gallery is dedicated to displaying artwork created through collaboration with local school and community partners. Now on view, "St. Louis Artworks: A Day in the Life at Opera Theatre St. Louis" presents paintings inspired by recent Opera Theatre stage performances. The artwork was created by teen apprentices affiliated with the St. Louis Artworks Training Program, which offers area youth hands-on work experience in the creation and commerce of visual art. The exhibition will be on view through the end of June.

The Saint Louis Art Museum Student Gallery affords students of all ages an opportunity to display their work within the context of an encyclopedic museum. The venue accommodates a range of two-dimensional media in small to medium formats, which may be exhibited for a period of one to three months. If you are interested in featuring your students' work in the Student Gallery, please contact School Services at schoolprograms@slam.org for additional information.
FALL STUDENT PROGRAMS PREVIEW
Many exciting opportunities await students at the Saint Louis Art Museum this fall. In addition to docent-led and self-guided visits, there are a number of special programs available for all grade levels:

Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ongoing): multi-visit program for 4th and 5th grade classes in St. Louis City and County in which students thematically explore the Museum collection through close observation, writing, and drawing.
High School Arts Week (October): a week of activities facilitated by guest teachers, each day focusing on a different interdisciplinary connection in the arts. Classes may apply for single or multiple day participation.
Disability Awareness Day (October): this single day program for middle and high school students includes an auditorium presentation featuring local advocacy groups and arts connections.
Middle School WWI and WWII Workshop (TBD): this workshop integrates social studies, visual culture, and language arts using the Museum's collection of WWI and WWII era artwork. If interested, please contact us to schedule a session.
High School Art Project (November/ December): a one-day program in which teams of students from multiple schools work with a teaching artist on a collection or exhibition based project.

Program details may be found online at School Services. Please contact schoolprograms@slam.org for additional information.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER DOCENT!
Are you retiring from classroom teaching this spring? If so, please consider putting your wisdom and experience to work at the Saint Louis Art Museum! The Museum is currently accepting applications for the Volunteer Docent Guide Class of 2014. New recruits will learn about the Museum collection, practice visitor engagement, and provide welcoming and meaningful experiences for our public, all while developing friendships with their fellow volunteers. "People's interest in the arts is inborn. It just needs to be nourished and brought to the surface." - Billie Phillips, Saint Louis Art Museum volunteer docent guide and retired Supervisor of Visual Art, St. Louis Public Schools.

Volunteer docent guides at the Museum represent our community. We are looking for enthusiastic people to inspire dialogue with visitors of all ages while experiencing works of art throughout the Museum. Volunteer docent guides learn to engage with the Museum's visitors in multiple ways - touring the galleries with our diverse public, encouraging wonder and discovery amongst students, and connecting across the collection with adult groups. Important skills needed for this volunteer position are patience, universal respect, and the ability to connect and communicate with various audiences.

The docent guide training program takes place Mondays, from 9:30 am to noon, September to May (a two-year timetable from fall 2014 to spring 2016). Classes will focus on touring techniques for specific age groups, as well as developing familiarity with Museum collection content. Our training tools prepare docents to meaningfully connect with visitors, encouraging thoughtful exchange through lively conversation and a wide range of gallery activities.    

Individuals who wish to become a Volunteer Docent Guide may apply online. Please apply soon - the deadline for applications is July 1, 2014. For additional information, please contact Cheryl.Benjamin@slam.org.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TEEN ARTS COUNCIL
Teens aged 14 to 18 who enjoy planning and participating in teen-centered social events are invited to apply for the Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council (TAC). The Council is built upon the philosophy that teens should have an active and influential voice in the implementation of museum programs for their peers. During the academic year, council members propose and facilitate public events for teen audiences, including a fall social and an annual spring art exhibition. Members also participate in fun arts-based classes and workshops at the Museum and at venues in the greater St. Louis area.

For additional information about the Teen Arts Council, including application instructions, please visit the Teen Arts Council online or contact Bearden.Fellow@slam.org.


Outdoor Film Series
on Art Hill

July 11, 18, 25 and August 1
Festivities begin at 7pm, Movies begin at 9pm


Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Grey to Monet 
Now extended through
July 14, 2014 in the
Main Exhibition Galleries

Flowers of the Four Seasons in Chinese and Japanese Art 
Through September 1, 2014
Gallery 225

Tragic and Timeless: The Art of Mark Rothko 
Through September 14, 2014 
Gallery 251