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February 2016
Explore something new this year! Join us for free, fun, and thought-provoking workshops that will reawaken your curricula this winter and spring. Enrollment for the first workshop of the year begins in early February.

Modern Abstractions: Dance and Visual Art in Dialogue
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 5:00-8:00 pm

Action Painting and modern dance overlap in this movement-oriented session that translates visual compositions into bodily gestures and vice versa.

Shape Me, Mold Me, Impress Me: Mold-Making and Casting Techniques
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:00-8:00 pm
Experiment with fabrication techniques for making silicon and plaster multiples in this hands-on studio workshop.

Weekend Studio: Warped Weaving
Saturday, April 2, 2016 and Sunday, April 3, 2016, 10:00 am-3:30 pm
Marvel at the intricate visual language of Near Eastern textiles and create your own wool weaving in this two-day class inspired by the spring exhibition, The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs.

Voyage of Learning
Tuesday, July 19 - Friday, July 29, 2016, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Take classroom learning outside! This annual teacher "summer camp" introduces educators to the institutional resources of Forest Park through experiential units in forestry, grasslands, prairies, aquatic ecology, and more.

Workshop registration begins approximately one week prior to each program date. Please refer to Teacher Programs for full workshop descriptions.
Teacher and Student Learning is looking for St. Louis City and County middle schools to participate in a new pilot program! The STEAM Project presents the Museum's collection through the eyes of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers while connecting technology, history, and design to STEM fields. During this two-hour program, students become familiar with artworks through interactive, multidisciplinary investigation in the galleries. Afterwards, students are charged with completing a hands-on design challenge in which they apply the concepts and techniques previously addressed during the gallery session.

In addition to making broad connections to STEM fields, participating classes are asked to select a core subject (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) that will serve as the focus of the design challenge. These core topics allow exploration of at least two unique collection areas, providing students with an uncommon perspective of STEAM concepts as applied to objects produced in a variety of cultures and time periods. We would love to explore these areas with your students this spring!

The STEAM Project is subject to scheduling availability. Teachers interested in participating in this program should contact for additional information.
The Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council (TAC) is currently accepting submissions for "Making Peace," the fourth annual Young Artists Exhibition. Organized and juried by members of the Teen Arts Council, the exhibition will feature works that visually address what peace looks like, how we choose peace, and/ or how we "make peace" with others.  

Teens aged 13 to 18 are invited to submit two artworks in any two-dimensional media that reflect this year's exhibition theme. Works should be digitally forwarded to with the subject heading "YAE 2016 Artwork" and must include the titles and dimensions of all submitted artworks as well as a brief artist statement or artwork description. The submission deadline is Sunday, March 6, 2016.

The 2016 Young Artists Exhibition will be on view May 14-September 9, 2016 in the Museum's Student Gallery. The opening reception, which takes place Saturday, May 14, from 2:00-4:00 pm, will feature live performances, including spoken word artists, musicians, singers, and dancers. If you know of any teens who may be interested in performing during the reception, please contact with the subject heading "YAE 2016 Performance."

The Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council (TAC) is built upon the philosophy that teens are integral in the design and implementation of peer programming. The Teen Arts Council endeavors to be active and visible in both the Museum and in the greater St. Louis community.  

Learn more about the Teen Arts Council and the Young Artists Exhibition online or by contacting
The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of  Oriental Rugs
The collection of a local St. Louisan who became one of the country's top connoisseurs of Oriental carpets is featured in The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. The exhibition highlights an assortment of carpets and tents that came to the Museum as gifts from businessman James F. Ballard in 1929 and 1972. As a result of Ballard's generosity, the Museum has amassed a body of Oriental rugs recognized as one of the most significant holdings in the world. The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs will be on view March 6 through May 8 in the Main Exhibition Galleries.

A Decade of Collecting Prints Drawings and Photographs
Drawn solely from the Museum's collection, this exhibition highlights a portion of the more than 700 works on paper acquired by the Museum's department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs over the past decade. Rarely-exhibited prints by African American artists Elizabeth Catlett and Eldzier Cortor are among the featured works, which encompass a range of themes and genres. In addition to celebrating acquisitions of the last decade, the exhibition recognizes the activities of the Print Study Room, an on-site facility that accommodates museum visitors seeking a close, first-hand look at the Museum's prints, drawings, and photographs.  

A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs will be on view January 29 through July 17 in galleries 234 and 235. 
Each summer the Saint Louis Art Museum awards the Master Teacher Summer Fellowship to a St. Louis area educator. During the four-week paid appointment, the fellow pursues her/ his pedagogical interests through a variety of self-directed learning projects. Fellowship responsibilities include: researching art objects, developing interdisciplinary learning materials, and preparing two museum education programs to be implemented over the course of the following school year.

Teachers of humanities, social sciences, visual/ performing arts, foreign languages, and physical sciences disciplines who actively integrate the visual arts in their curricula are invited to apply. Prospective applicants 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 a St. Louis area school. Please visit Teacher Programs for complete Master Teacher Summer Fellowship application requirements and terms.

The application deadline for the 2016 Master Teacher Summer Fellowship is Friday, April 1, 2016
Are you interested in becoming involved in the Museum's teacher education community?  If so, please consider contributing your talents to Teacher and Student Learning as we reformulate one of our signature programs. Tentative planning is underway for the Big Event for Teachers, an annual afternoon of professional development for elementary through university-level educators. The Big Event showcases a seasonal exhibition and/or collection area through hands-on workshops, drop-in art-making, refreshments, live entertainment, and docent-led collection tours, all intended to encourage teachers to utilize the Museum as a resource for their classroom curricula.

We would like to involve teachers in the planning process for this fall's Big Event for Teachers, which will feature printmaking processes in conjunction with the featured fall exhibition. Teachers who enjoy exchanging ideas, event planning, visual art, and devising creative solutions to logistical problems are appreciated and welcome to participate. Help us generate big ideas in order to improve the Big Event for you and your fellow teachers! 

If you are interested in volunteering with Teacher and Student Learning as we plan the next Big Event, please contact


The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs
Large Fragmentary Ushak Carpet with Quatrefoil Medallion, 16th century; Ottoman period (1281-1924); wool; 119 x 90 1/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of James F. Ballard 98:1929

Art in Bloom
March 11 - 13, 2016

Currents 111: Steven and William Ladd: Scouts or Sports?
Through February 14, 2016
Gallery 250, Alexandria and Charleston Period Rooms

Journey to the Interior: Ink Painting from Japan
Through March 6, 2016
Gallery 225

Blow Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design
Through March 20, 2016
Gallery 100