Professional Development

Join us as we engage in creative teaching strategies and explore interdisciplinary curriculum connections focused on the Freer|Sackler’s collections and exhibitions. Please mark your calendars for these upcoming professional development opportunities. All opportunities will be held at the Freer|Sackler.

For more information, email us at AsiaTeachers@si.edu.

 

Educator Workshops

 

Points of View: Examining Art for Global Competence

In Partnership with DC-PZ
Co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
4:30–7 pm
Freer Gallery of Art

What role can works of art play in educating students for global competence? Explore perspective-taking across personal, local, global, and historic contexts with works of art through a variety of Thinking Routines. Take the learning back to your classroom with a Smithsonian Learning Lab Collection that you can adapt and share with your students. Sidwell Friends educator Eve Eaton designed the collection on the topic of global competency through environmental stewardship.  This program is free of charge and refreshments will be served. Certificates of attendance, which can be submitted for professional learning credits, will be issued to participants after the workshop.

Pre-registration by Saturday, March 2, is required.

 


 

Chinese Art as Symbols of Power

Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:30 am–1 pm
ImaginAsia classroom, level B2
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

How do works of art assert one’s power in life, in the afterlife, and in the spiritual realm? Through guided tours and gallery activities, explore Chinese art as symbols of power, from intricately cut jades and ceremonial bronze containers to massive bells from tombs and Buddhist sculpture from cave temples. Take the learning back to your classroom with lesson plans designed for middle and high school students, printed materials, and a Learning Lab Collection you can adapt and share with your students.  This program is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Certificates of attendance, which can be submitted for professional learning credits, will be issued to participants after the workshop.

Pre-registration by Wednesday, March 20, is required.

 


 

Educators’ Night Out

Thursday, April 11, 2019
5–8 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Celebrate the exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 in an evening just for educators. Engage in gallery conversations, experiment with making art, enjoy light bites and a cash bar, and leave with teaching posters and other materials you can use in your classroom.

Free pre-registration by Wednesday, April 10, is encouraged. Walk-in registrations at the door are also accepted.

 


 

Art and Science Intersections

Saturday, May 18, 2019
9:30 am–1 pm
Freer Conference Room, level G
Freer Gallery of Art

How do scientific tools, such as ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence and reflected infrared photography, change how we view and appreciate works of art? Tour Whistler in Watercolor: Lovely Little Games to discover how science reveals the complexity of creating works of art. Learn how to manipulate color with chemistry when you create a watercolor painting using acids and bases. Take the learning back to your classroom with a lesson plan designed for grades 4–6, printed materials, and a Learning Lab Collection you can adapt and share with your students. This program is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Certificates of attendance, which can be submitted for professional learning credits, will be issued to participants after the workshop.

Pre-registration by Wednesday, May 15, 2019, is required.