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Sunken Cities School Group Tours Extended Hours

Visit Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds during early morning hours designated especially for schools. Student groups are invited to attend the exhibition prior to public hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays April 3-26, May 1-31, and September 4-6, 2018. These early morning tours will begin at 9:00, 9:15, 9:30 and 9:45 am. Group reservations are required a minimum of four weeks in advance for docent-led or self-guided exhibition tours. School group ticket prices are $1 per student, with one complimentary adult admission for a chaperone per every ten students. To qualify for educational pricing, groups must consist of at least 10 students.

While schools are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these exclusive early morning access hours, docent- or self-guided visits may also be requested between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm using the online tour request form.

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Teacher Workshops

Acquire cross-curricular approaches to learning and teaching during evening and weekend sessions for K-12 educators. Interactive gallery discussions, hands-on activities, and immersive studio sessions model ways in which teachers can incorporate object-centric lessons in their classroom while engaging with the Museum's varied resources. Workshops highlight both featured exhibitions and permanent collection objects, focusing on the relationships between visual art and other dynamic forms of interpretation. Please email teacherprograms@slam.org to register or for additional information.

Weekend Studio: Beneath the Surface

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Delve into the world of ancient Egypt while learning the intricate art of metalwork design in this studio workshop. Time-worn bronze, gold, and silver objects presented in Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds will inspire participants as they discover handmade works used for daily and ceremonial purposes. Teachers will learn techniques of surface-relief metal decoration, including chasing, repoussé, and texturizing, as they design and fabricate an ornamental masterwork of their own.

Ancient Egypt Submerged

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5-8 pm

Underwater archaeologists have recently discovered two ancient Egyptian cities whose artifacts have been brought to St. Louis in Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. Tour the exhibition with Dr. Anne Austin, Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Missouri - St. Louis, to learn the foundations for teaching ancient Egyptian history and civilization and why these underwater excavations offer critical new insights into our past. This workshop includes hands-on activities designed to teach Egyptian hieroglyphs that can be modified for students of any age. Participants will then be able to use this critical content to explain and explore artifacts in the Sunken Cities exhibition as well as in the Museum’s Egyptian collection.

Modernist Textiles

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:00–8:00 pm

The Museum’s recently reinstalled Decorative Arts collection highlights an array of innovative Italian, American, and Scandinavian design from the 1950s to 1960s. Furnishings, tableware, lighting, and textiles highlight exuberant form and color, innovative construction methods, as well as handcraft and individualization. Explore these characteristics of mid-century modern aesthetics and more in this craft-inspired workshop that introduces teachers to modernist fiber arts. Inspired by textile samples, participants will weave with a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials to create unique designs on a tapestry loom as they experiment with contrasting vibrant colors and materials that are soft, rough, natural, and shiny. In addition, teachers will learn how to create woven inlay to make graphic shapes.

A Legacy Preserved: African American Abstraction from the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection

Date to be Determined

Focusing on the recently gifted Ollie Collection, this session considers the cultural and visual history of modern and contemporary artwork created by black artists as well as the practice of collecting. Teachers will learn how New Jersey-based collectors Ronald and Monique Ollie built an extraordinary trove of prints, paintings, drawings and photographs that provides a framework for understanding black aesthetics. This workshop will discuss the lives and experiences of artists of color, as well as related historical topics, such as the Black Power Movement, that provide context and resources for teaching African American art. Participants will also experiment with form, color, and mixed media to create an abstract mixed media composition.

The Notebook Series: Egyptomania

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 and
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Science and art intersect in the featured exhibition, Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds, and in the Museum’s newly-installed permanent collection of Egyptian art. Learn about these dynamic presentations of ancient culture while using the objects therein as a catalyst for observation, inquiry, creativity, and imagination. Teachers will explore the galleries, gathering field notes and illustrations for use in a basic journal that they will design and assemble. Creative writing exercises, drawing, and journal writing prompts will provide teachers with tools for cultivating students’ aesthetic sensitivity, abstract thinking, and reasoning.

Teacher Advisory Group

Expand your perspectives as a member of the Museum's Teacher Advisory Group (TAG). Composed of active teachers from all disciplines and grade levels, TAG serves as an invaluable link between the Museum and the St. Louis area teaching community. Members meet regularly to discuss ideas, collaborate on focused projects, and serve as a sounding board for Museum education initiatives, resources, and programs.