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Notre Dame College Two-day Course Introduces Museum of Art as Teaching Aid
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Notre Dame College Two-day Course Introduces Museum of Art as Teaching Aid

Notre Dame College is instructing teachers how to utilize the rich and varied programs the Cleveland Museum has to offer educators, including Distance Learning, Art to Go, The Connie Towson Ford Teacher Resource Center and the Permanent Galleries─as well as the new interactive Gallery One.

"Spending the Day at the CMA: How to Visit Your Cleveland Museum of Art" is a two-day graduate-level course from 5-9 p.m. Friday, October 18, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19, that trains educators in all subjects and grade levels how to make the most of the museum’s resources, with a spotlight on the Gallery One and ARTLENS interactive exhibits, unveiled to critical acclaim earlier this year.

The course blends art, technology and pedagogy and is taught by Kathleen Riley, M.S.Ed., an instructor at Notre Dame and art educator in Chagrin Falls schools for nearly 30 years.

The first day of the course involves classroom instruction in Philip Yanawine's "Visual Thinking Strategies," a method that uses art to teach thinking and communication skills.

The second day of the course provides an all-day, guided tour of the museum, as well as instruction and assistance incorporating the museum and its works into personalized lesson plans and presentations that correlate with core curricula and are designed with each educator’s specific students in mind.

At the museum, Dale Hilton, the director of teaching and learning from CMA's department of education and interpretation, will provide orientation and hands-on instruction in utilizing the numerous resources the museum offers educators, including the new Gallery One, which features the largest multi-touch microtile screen in the United States. Students also will learn how to employ the museum’s innovative ARTLENS iPad app to self-curate a tour of the museum’s permanent galleries tailored to their own classrooms.

The course is $260, plus incidental expenses for the museum (parking, lunch, etc.). Students can bring their own iPads or rent one at the museum for $5. Those who complete the class earn one graduate credit hour.

To register or learn more, go to www.NotreDameCollege.edu/adult and click on Professional Development. Once on the Professional Development site, select "Click Here to Register" and follow the directions.