You may think of summer time as vacation, but for many teachers, it’s time to go back to school! Educators not only take advantage of summer continuing education offerings to get a head start on required hours for the coming school year, but also get inspiration for new projects and learn new things that they can apply in the classroom. This is why many teachers choose to spend their very first days of summer vacation at the McNay’s Summer Teacher Institute.
This year’s theme is Every Object Tells a Story. From June 11 though 13, educators experience three days of storytelling, art making, and careful visual investigation of works in the museum’s permanent collection. The first day of the Institute, led by Paul Bolin, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, focuses on the personal stories tied to objects that we own. Think about the works of art that really speak to you. Have you ever considered why you feel a connection to them?
Over the course of three days, educators have the opportunity to tell their own stories and create new ones with the help of some of San Antonio’s most talented artists, performers, and writers. On the second day, this includes photographer Sarah Sudhoff. She recently completed an artist residency at Artpace and had her work featured in the McNay’s series Artists Looking at Art last year.
Also that day, educators see a dance performance by SpareWorks.dance and hear from Artistic Director and choreographer Amber Ortega-Perez. Her new work, Man-made Man, was commissioned by the McNay and inspired by the sculpture exhibition, The Human Face and Form.
On the last day, poet and art educator Jim LaVilla-Havelin leads the teachers in making written responses to artwork. Jim is the outgoing director of the Young Artist Programs at the Southwest School of Art and his poetry has appeared in many publications.
Here’s how to register: Teachers earn 18 hours of continuing professional education credit for attending all three days. Fee includes a box lunch on Thursday and museum admission all three days. McNay members $65; nonmembers $75. Two or more teachers from the same school receive a discount, ask when you register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210.805.1768. Registration ends June 7.