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August 2014
Enlarge your view this fall in hands-on workshops that emphasize language arts, design, social studies, and kinesthetic movement. Enrollment for the first workshop of the school year will begin in mid-September.

Yoga, Dance, and South Asian Art
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Reshape your classroom culture using behavioral techniques based in yoga and dance to alternately calm and energize kinesthetic learners.

Beyond the Frame: Using Art to Explore Identity, Perception, and Bias
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Interpret visual art through the prism of class, gender, and ethnicity to understand how identity influences students' perceptions of themselves and others.

Weekend Studio: Traditional Tibetan Thangkas
Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, 2014, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Transcend the everyday and consider Buddhist philosophy visualized in the form of colorfully embellished silks. Participants will paint and embroider their own meditative banner textile in this two-day intensive workshop.

Image to Word
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Translate modern and contemporary art into creative writing, storytelling, and stream of consciousness in a fusion of the verbal and visual.

Workshop registration occurs approximately one week prior to each workshop date. Watch for full workshop details coming soon.
Join us Saturday mornings this fall to view and create amazing art. Adults and children will explore and create together - no experience necessary. 

Go Geometric (ages 6-8)
August 30, September 6 and 13, 10:30 am to noon
Fee: $45 ($35 for Museum Members) 

The use of geometric shapes and mathematics has been absolutely essential to the work of artists Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Andy Goldsworthy. Students will explore the potential of squares, circles, and triangles as they create their own geometric sculptures and paintings in this hands-on workshop.

Color Exploration (ages 9-12)
August 30, September 6 and 13, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $45 ($35 for Museum Members)
Artists Mark Rothko and Ellsworth Kelly incorporated basic principles of color theory in their paintings. In this class, students try their hand at color mixing and learn about color values as they create their own vibrant compositions.

Saturday Studio for Teens
Watercolor Basics (ages 13-16)
October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10:00 am to noon
Fee: $60 ($45 for Museum Members) 
Details coming soon!

Please visit Family Programs to register and learn more about the Museum's youth and family-program offerings.
Teens are invited to meet up and participate in the annual Teen Arts Council Fall Kick Off, to be held Saturday, October 4, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Join us for music, refreshments, prizes, and of course, obligatory selfies. The event will also feature the Student Gallery exhibition, "Better Family Life: Art and Empowerment," which highlights students' personal reflections about the African Diaspora.

The Fall Kick Off is organized by members of the Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council. Conceived in 2012, the Council was created with the philosophy that teens should be integral to the planning and implementation of Museum programming for their peers. Student members gather throughout the academic year to develop engaging educational and social events for teen audiences both at the Museum and in the wider St. Louis arts community.

Learn more about the Teen Arts Council and its activities online. For additional information about the upcoming Fall Kick Off and to RSVP for the event, please email or call 314.655.5373.
The Student Programs schedule is bursting with opportunities for high school students this fall. Half-day and week-long workshops connect to both the permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Registration will take place approximately four weeks prior to each program date. Transportation assistance is available to both city and county schools.

High School Arts Week (October 21 - 24): A week of workshops centering on arts integration in the Museum. Led by local poets, actors, and musicians, High School Arts Week is suitable for visual arts, drama, writing, and music students of all skill levels. Each day will offer a different arts-related focus. Schools may request to attend one or more programs offered during the week. All workshops incorporate Common Core and State Standards. 

High School Art Project (November TBD): This half-day workshop utilizes the fall exhibition, "Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia," and the permanent collection to introduce students to the art of body adornment as practiced in the Pacific Islands and the rest of the world.

"Better Family Life: Art and Empowerment" (Opening Reception: October 4, from 2:00 - 3:30pm): This Student Gallery exhibition features the Museum's Art With Us community residency at the Better Family Life Cultural Center. The exhibition chronicles the visual dialogue between Better Family Life students who created paintings depicting the African Diaspora experience and teaching artist-in-residence Gonz Jove, who composed a related onsite mural. The exhibition will be on view in the Saint Louis Art Museum Student Gallery from October 4, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

 For additional information regarding these or other School Programs, please email

In June the Saint Louis Art Museum welcomed Jennifer Kavanaugh as the 2014 Master Teacher Summer Fellow. Jennifer is a 5th grade teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School where she specializes in arts integration across the curriculum. Her extensive background in theatre arts and elementary education has equipped her with a solid foundation in arts literacy and whole child education, fully preparing her for the challenges posed by the Master Teacher Summer Fellowship. Jennifer worked previously as a teaching artist at Reading in Motion in Chicago, where she assisted classroom educators in building students' reading skills through arts-based programming. A seasoned performer, Jennifer has also taught playwriting classes at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and runs a neighborhood theatre camp each summer in which students of all ages write and perform original works as well as improvisational theatre. During her month-long tenure as Master Teacher Summer Fellow, Jennifer explored her interest in the connections between cognitive activity and the creative process. She spent a great deal of time researching the effect that viewing and making art has on the brain, in the process discovering new ways to integrate the arts in her lessons. Jennifer says of the experience: "Spending unlimited time with the collection has led me to consider the many ways that the use of art directly aligns to higher-order thinking. It has strengthened my belief that art is an essential component of the type of classroom that recognizes all parts of the student, and uses the many facets of the brain to make learning truly engaging and profound." Watch for Jennifer's teacher workshop next spring. 

If you are a teacher with an education, humanities, physical sciences, foreign language, social sciences, visual or performing arts background and are interested in the 2015 Master Teacher Fellowship, please visit Teacher Programs for additional information.
Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia
The Saint Louis Art Museum is the sole North American venue for this evocative exhibition that examines the relationship between art objects and and atua - the gods, idols, and spirit forces which exist outside the corporeal body. The exhibition examines the artworks as embodiments of atua and their roles as ancestor figures, intermediaries, and containers for disembodied life forces.

Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia will be on view October 12, 2014 through January 4, 2015 in the Main Exhibition Galleries.

Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake
In honor of the year-long 2014 celebration of the city of St. Louis and its founding, the Museum is pleased to present artworks from the reign of King Louis IX. This exhibition focuses on the life and legacy of the 13th-century Gothic king as well as his relationship to our own Midwestern city that bears his name. The exhibition centerpiece will be the Morgan Library Picture Bible, an illuminated biblical manuscript believed to have been commissioned by Louis himself. The Bible will be accompanied by additional manuscripts as well as carved ivory and metalwork, all part of an array of outstanding artworks dating to the period during and after Louis IX's reign. 

Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake
will be on view August 29 through November 2 in galleries 234 and 235.

Donald Danforth Lecture on American Indian Art
September 24, 2014
6:30 pm

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

Brett Weston:
Through December 7, 2014
Gallery 321

Facets of the Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art from the Collections of George E. Hibbard and the Saint Louis Art Museum
Through February 22, 2015
Gallery 100