Education

Thinking Through Art—new for the 2017-18 school year! Join teachers from across Boston in a yearlong course at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, empowering you and your students to practice critical thinking and communication skills through visual art.

Learn an innovative, rigorous way to teach through the arts using group discussion and reflective practice. Through regular opportunities to talk about art, students will demonstrate measurable growth in their ability to reason with evidence, think flexibly, and communicate their ideas in conversation and in writing.

Thinking Through Art offers two sequential, yearlong programs for teachers. If you are new to the Gardner Museum’s programs, join Level 1 to learn how to lead open-ended discussions as a way to integrate art into your classroom. If you have participated in the Gardner’s School Partnership Program in the past, we invite you to join Level 2, gaining mastery over this type of teaching and becoming a leader in your school. Details for each level of Thinking Through Art and the benefits for teachers and students are described below.

Both levels of Thinking Through Art includes the following components:

  • Professional development at the Gardner Museum, resulting in up to 2 graduate credits or 30 professional development points
  • Two guided visits to the Gardner Museum for every class
  • Digital visual art curriculum and tools for assessing student learning

Apply here for Thinking Through Art

Deadline for applications is June 2, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their status by June 16, 2017.
Email ThinkArt@isgm.org for more information.

Thinking Through Art Level 1

Learn to facilitate open-ended discussions of works of art using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a method proven to develop students’ critical thinking and communication skills. Learn how to choose artwork tailored to the needs of your students, and how to assess student learning in the context of group discussion. Teachers and their students will experience the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as a place of learning, inspiration and community.

Components & Benefits
Professional Development

  • 2 Graduate Credits / 30 Professional Development Points
  • Summer Institute 2017: August 21, 23, 24, & 25, 10 am-4 pm
  • Fall 2017 Workshop: November 16, 4-7 pm; OR November 18, 9 am-12 pm
  • Spring 2018 Workshop: March 15, 4-7 pm; OR March 17, 9 am-12 pm
  • One-year Gardner Museum Friend-level memberships for participating teachers

Museum Visits

  • Two guided visits to the Gardner Museum for each class, led by skilled Museum Teachers before Museum open hours
  • The Gardner Museum covers transportation costs for at least one Museum visit for each class

Classroom Curriculum & Student Assessment Tools

  • Ten digital sets of developmentally appropriate lessons of visual art images, to be led by classroom teachers
  • Writing and discussion-based tools to measure growth in critical thinking and communication skills

Requirements
Teachers must be teaching in a Boston Public School for the 2017-18 school year. Preference will be given to high school humanities teachers. We encourage participation by cohorts of teachers from the same school. Teachers and their principals must sign a memorandum of agreement acknowledging the following program requirements:

  • Teachers will attend all professional development workshops.
  • Teachers will bring at least one class for two guided visits to the Gardner Museum. Middle and high school teachers who have multiple classes may bring all classes/sections to the Gardner Museum.
  • Teachers will complete all assignments: Lead 9 classroom Thinking Through Art lessons; 1 page reflection following each classroom lesson; 8-10 page paper following final Museum Visit

Fee
$50 materials fee per teacher, plus $150 for teachers seeking graduate credit.

Thinking Through Art Level 2

Through rigorous professional development and a supportive community of educators, deepen your facilitation skills and become an advocate for student-centered teaching and arts integration within your school. Reflect on your own teaching and learning, while adopting tools to mentor your peers. Build on your expertise with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and use the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as a resource for designing lesson plans and student assessments that cultivate open-ended inquiry in your classroom.

Components & Benefits
Professional Development

  • 1 Graduate Credit / 20 Professional Development Points
  • Summer Institute 2017: August 16, 10 am-4 pm and August 17, 10 am-12:30 pm. In addition, all participants are required to be coaches for Level 1 teachers during a session on August 23, 24, OR 25, 10 am-12:30 pm
  • Fall 2017 Workshop: October 19, 4-7 pm; OR October 21, 9 am-12 pm
  • Spring 2018 workshop: March 1, 4-7 pm; OR March 3, 9 am-12 pm
  • One year Gardner Museum Friend-level memberships for participating teachers

Museum Visits

  • Two guided visits to the Gardner Museum for each class, led by skilled Museum Teachers before museum open hours
  • The Gardner Museum covers transportation costs for at least one museum visit for each Boston Public School class
  • Students receive Gardner Museum family passes

Classroom Curriculum & Student Assessment Tools

  • 10 sets of developmentally appropriate lessons of visual art images, to be led by classroom teachers
  • Writing and discussion-based tools to measure growth in critical thinking and communication skills
  • Support & structure designing your own lesson plans and assessment methods

Requirements
Teachers must have completed Thinking Through Art Level 1 or have participated in the Gardner Museum’s School Partnership Program for at least 1 year.
Teachers and their principals must sign a memorandum of agreement acknowledging the following program requirements:

  • Teachers will attend all professional development workshops.
  • Teachers will bring at least one class for two guided visits to the Gardner Museum. Middle and high school teachers who have multiple classes have option of bringing all classes/sections.
  • Teachers will complete all assignments: Lead 4 Classroom VTS Lessons, each including 2-3 images; Design and implement at least 1 VTS Extension Project; 1 page reflection following each Classroom Lesson; 5-7 page paper about VTS Extension Projects, including evaluation of lesson design

Fee
$50 materials fee per teacher, plus $75 for teachers seeking graduate credit.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Education and community programs are generously supported by the Barr Foundation, Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, the Succop Family Charitable Foundation and the Yawkey Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. These programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.