Focal Point: Shifting Perspectives through Photography
Summer Teacher Institute with The Phillips Collection & University of Maryland
Photography is all about perspective—we see a person, place, or object through the lens of the photographer and also through the lens of our own perceptions. In connection to Frank Stewart’s Nexus (on view at the Phillips, June 10-September 3, 2023), participants will construct a visual autobiography through photographs taken with the camera on their phone.
Educators will consider how their personal identity, culture, and life experiences impact how they see the world. They will examine how varying perspectives, composition, and other elements of photography can empower us to see differently. They will explore how factors like power, empathy, self-awareness, and respect play into the art of photography, making connections to social-emotional learning (SEL) in their teaching environments.
The course meets virtually from Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28, beginning at 10 am. We will meet for 2 to 3 hours, depending on the day.
12 hours of synchronous, instructional workshops on Zoom include interactive activities, artmaking, and social-emotional & culturally-responsive teaching strategies
3 hours of independent work time will include readings, taking photos (on a phone, tablet, or digital camera), and creating a digital photo journal
Optional: Meet up with other local teachers for a tour of The Phillips Collection on Tuesday, August 1, from 10-11:30 am
This workshop is applicable and open to educators who teach all subject areas and grade levels.
- Participants can elect to receive professional development:
- Maryland: 1 CPD credit
- Washington, DC: 15 PLU
- Virginia: 15 points for Professional Development activities (needs pre-approval from your evaluator/supervisor)
- Credit for other states is available on a case-by-case basis.
- Contact Dr. Margaret Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about graduate credit cost and registration through University of Maryland.
- You may choose to take the course not-for-credit.
The Phillips Collection and University of Maryland partner to offer professional development courses for PK-12 educators. The courses provide opportunities to integrate the visual arts seamlessly into the core curriculum, using The Phillips Collection’s Prism.K12 arts integration strategies and resources. Educators will expand their understanding of and skills in arts integration by planning, practicing, and implementing arts-integrated lessons in their classroom. Through online engagement and hands-on practice with students, the courses are delivered through virtual or in-person learning in collaboration with the University of Maryland and The Phillips Collection.
- Develop skills for designing and implementing arts-integrated lessons.
- Teach and reflect on arts-integrated lessons designed with artwork from the Phillips and local DMV artists.
- Work independently and collaboratively to design arts-integrated lessons using the Prism.K12 resources and strategies.
- Utilize culturally-responsive, inquiry-based, and counter-storytelling approaches to arts integration.
- Access The Phillips Collection’s digital and in-person resources for use in arts-integrated lessons and activities.
Questions: Email Head of Teaching & Learning Hilary Katz at email@example.com
IMAGE: Frank Stewart, Self-portrait, Dominican Republic, 1986, Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in., Collection of the artist
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