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February 2015
Teacher programs highlight featured spring exhibitions and installations and mark significant milestones in the Museum's history.

Big Event for Teachers
Monday, March 30, 2015, 2:00 - 8:00pm

Discover the confluence of visual culture, history, storytelling, and environ- mental studies which flows through the featured exhibition, Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River.

Love Your Library
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:00 - 8:00pm

Richardson Memorial Library turns 100 years old this April! Learn how the Museum library can enhance the relevance and longevity of classroom lessons as you curate your own collection of electronic and print resources.

Visual Literacy Across the Curriculum
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:00 - 8:00pm

What does arts integration look like? Find out why visual art makes a perfect pairing with any subject.

Voyage of Learning
Tuesday, July 14 - Friday, July 24, 2015, 8:00am - 3:00pm

Summer camp isn't just for kids! This experiential outdoor academy introduces teachers to the many facets of park-based ecology and environmental education.

Workshop registration begins approximately one week prior to each workshop date. Please visit Teacher Programs for additional details.
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 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 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 2015 Master Teacher Summer Fellowship is Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Join us in the Museum's Student Gallery on Saturday, February 28, at 3:00pm for the opening reception of Text and Context: Student Work from High School Art Project. Meet the student artists, learn about project collaborators The Firecracker Press, and enjoy light refreshments.

Text and Context showcases work by student participants of High School Art Project, an annual Museum program in which teams of St. Louis city and county high school students collaborate on a creative task. This fall, student groups produced a two-dimensional work in their classrooms. Later they brought the works to the Museum, where they met with printmakers from The Firecracker Press, who helped the students incorporate text into their collaborative compositions using antique letter presses. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, May 3.

The Saint Louis Art Museum Student Gallery displays artwork created through collaboration with local school and community partners, affording 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.

For additional information on High School Art Project as well as other exciting programs for students of all ages, please visit School Programs.
Museum classes give young learners the opportunity to explore different cultures, time periods, and, of course, art! Join us to look at and make amazing art - no experience necessary.

Classes for ages 3-5
Wee Wednesdays
February 18, March 18, April 15

Free; pre-registration is required
Held on the third Wednesday of each month, Wee Wednesdays is an hour-long experience which allows tots to use their imaginations during a gallery tour, story time, and a hands-on project. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Classes for ages 6-8
$50 fee ($40 for Museum members)

A is for Asia
Saturday, February 21, 10:30am - 3:30pm

Look out for dragons during this fun youth class that celebrates the arts of Asia. Design and construct a paper journal, create origami animals, and embellish an original scroll painting over the course of a day.

Mad about Mummies
Saturday, March 21, 10:30am - 3:30pm

Is your kid mad about mummies? Then this class is for them! During this day of exploration, students will learn how mummies are preserved, hunt for mythological creatures in the galleries, and create their own Egyptian artifacts.

Classes for ages 9-12
$50 fee ($40 for Museum members)
Calligraphy and Origami
Saturday, February 21, 10:30am - 3:30pm

Transform an ordinary piece of paper into a beautiful work of art. Students will learn to fold paper into creative three-dimensional forms and try their hand at bamboo brush calligraphy as they complete a hanging mobile.

Fun with Fabric
Saturday, March 21, 10:30am - 3:30pm

Dye, stitch, and paint fabrics during this class that combines fashion and art. Students will view wearable art and create their own fashionable frock.

Classes for ages 13-16
$50 fee ($40 for Museum members)
Basic Drawing Studio
Saturday, February 28, 10:30am - 3:30pm

Work with pencils and charcoal in this drawing studio that immerses students in the principles of shading, perspective, and value.

Pre-registration is required for participation in all youth classes, whether free or fee-based. To register and for additional information, please visit Family Programs.
Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham is acclaimed for his paintings which depict life along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River brings together over 70 drawings, paintings, and prints that underscore the environmental, economic, and historic importance of the river in the formulation of Midwestern and national identity. The iconic works are populated by flatboatmen, traders, and trappers, men who, along with the landscape, symbolized the changing Western frontier.

Related Educational Programming for Students and Teachers:

Bingham School Tours
February - May 2015

Enrich your students' understanding of Missouri history by scheduling a docent-led or self-guided exhibition tour. Tickets are $1 per student for grades K - 12 when your tour is booked four weeks in advance and your payment is received two weeks prior to your visit. Adult pricing varies. To request a tour, please complete a Group Visit Request Form and indicate your interest in the exhibition.

Navigating the Changing Nation: The River and Mid-Nineteenth Century American Art
Friday, February 20 - Saturday, February 21, 2015

This national symposium brings together scholars and historians of American art and culture to delve into the social and artistic importance of America's rivers as pictured during the 19th century. A discounted rate of $15 is available for teachers and students.

Big Event for Teachers
Monday, March 30, 2015, 2:00 - 8:00pm

Plumb the depths of visual art, ecology, and regional history as visualized in Bingham's river paintings during this afternoon of free professional development workshops.

Family Sundays: Rolling on the River
April 2015

Celebrate George Caleb Bingham and American art during Family Sundays in April! Visit the Museum every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00pm throughout the month for hands-on art activities, family-friendly tours, and live demonstrations.

Bingham Day
Monday, May 4, 2015, 9:00am - 2:00pm

This special event illuminates Westward Expansion and river culture for Missouri 4th grade students. The day includes interactive exhibition and collection tours, an auditorium performance, and hands-on activities. Watch for additional information in the next edition of Educator eNews.

Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River will be on view February 22 through May 17, 2015 in the Main Exhibition Galleries..
Colorful blossoms and sweet fragrances will permeate the galleries as Art in Bloom, the Museum's annual weekend of fine art and flowers, commences in March. This highly anticipated event features creative floral arrangements inspired by works in the collection, complemented by lectures, demonstrations, themed dining, and more.

This year's highlights include lectures by James Farmer, noted landscape designer and editor-at large for "Southern Living Magazine"; daily floral arrangement tutorials; a lunch buffet and afternoon tea hosted in the Terrace Tent; live performances; and "Iron Florist St. Louis," a new floral smackdown competition modeled after popular cooking shows!

Art in Bloom will take place Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, 2015. Admission is free and open to the public. Advance ticket purchase is required for select programs.
Do you know a student who enjoys visual art and is interested in museum work? Museum Teen Assistants develop and lead tours for young audiences and participate in a variety of community programs throughout the St. Louis area. In the course of their work, teens improve their public communication skills, gain leadership experience, develop transferable professional skills, and build their resume.

High school students between the ages of 15 and 19 who have completed 9th grade and will return to high school in fall 2015 are invited to apply. Applicants must be available to work Tuesday through Friday, June 11 - August 4, 2015 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. An additional five hours per month are required during the academic year (August - May).

For additional information about the Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Assistants program and application procedures, please contact Lisa Stelling-Jokisch via email at or via phone at 314.655.5268.

The application deadline for the 2015 Museum Teen Assistants program is Friday, March 6, 2015.
The Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for "I-den-ti-ty," the third annual Young Artists Exhibition. Organized and juried by members of the Teen Arts Council, the exhibition is open to students in grades 8 to 12 who are invited to submit two artworks in any media which reflect this year's exhibition theme of identity.

Works should address how you perceive yourself, how you are perceived by others, or the importance of identity in contemporary life. Artwork must be two-dimensional and created within the past twelve months. The submission deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015.

The 2015 Young Artists Exhibition will be on view May 9 - September 6, 2015 in the Museum's Student Gallery. The opening reception, which takes place Saturday, May 9, from 2:00 - 4:00pm, 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 email with the subject heading "YAE 2015 Performance Interest."

The Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council cultivates teen audiences at the museum, inspiring them to become professional artists, arts administrators, arts educators, and lifelong patrons of the arts. The mission of the Teen Arts Council is to be active and visible in both the Museum and in the greater St. Louis community through relationships with local artists, businesses, and organizations.

Learn more about the Teen Arts Council and the Young Artists Exhibition by contacting
St. Louis native Dr. Maya Angelou was a celebrated poet, writer, educator, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. The Saint Louis Art Museum will honor Dr. Angelou's phenomenal legacy in this year's If It Wasn't for the Women program. This annual event celebrates the triumphs of women of color with a panel of dynamic artists, scholars, community activists, and humanitarians. The program will feature three guest presenters: Alice Windom, St. Louis native and friend of Maya Angelou; Freida L. Wheaton, poet and arts advocate; and Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, author.

If It Wasn't for the Women will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 10:30am in the Saint Louis Art Museum Education Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Please email RSVPs and program queries to

Art in Bloom
March 6-8, 2015

Currents 109: Nick Cave
Through March 8, 2015
Galleries 102, 249, 250, and 301

Nicholas Nixon: 40 Years of The Brown Sisters
Through April 5, 2015
Gallery 235

Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life
Through September 20, 2015
Gallery 336