July 12 - July 28, 1999
Summer Teacher Institute, 1999
IUPUI University Library, Indianapolis, IN.
Jill Taylor, Diana Rennels, Brownsburg Elementary,
Brownsburg Community School Corporation
| The Summer Teacher Institute was a big success.
The teachers were wonderful and we all learned a lot from
the experience. The teachers spent most of their time at
the institute writing instructional designs which incorporate
visual images. The student-centered projects integrate visual
art into the regular curriculum as outlined in the Indiana
State Proficiencies. Other activities of the institute
fostered a closer awareness of the visual arts to reinforce
instruction throughout the curriculum, and create new opportunities
for connections to museums as learning resources. Networking
with each other and sharing new learning experiences were
other positive outcomes of the institute.
| Guest presenter Larry
Hurt, 1999 Indiana Teacher of the Year and visual arts
instructor at Ben Davis High School at MSD Wayne Township,
was one of the highlights of the Summer Teacher Institute.
Larry provided new insight and strategies on how to bring
the arts into the classroom setting. Larry demonstrated
several activities with the teachers that they can use in
the classroom with students to get the students "thinking"
about art and feeling free to open up and discuss art. For
the classroom teacher with very little background in art,
this was very valuable. Larry demystified art and provided
strategies for taking art out of the "art classroom" and
bringing it into all classrooms for all students. He also
discussed with them Abigail Housen's methodology and stage
model of aesthetic development, Visual
Understanding in Education, VUE.
Sherry Camden, Greenbriar Learning Community, Anderson
Community School Corporation
Jason Lacey, Avon High School,
Avon Community School Corporation
| Another special activity was a visit to
The Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The teachers were shown the teacher materials and student
kits available to all Indiana teachers, and how the IMA
can be a rich resource to teachers as they implement instructional
projects. Troy Smythe gave an excellent demonstration viewing
a small group of paintings that can be used with students
to discover information about a culture in a particular
period and compared with another culture and period. This
opens up discussion and opportunity for further research.
We all found ourselves seeing different things, looking
at a painting in different ways, finding different meanings
or no meaning, but knowing that all of us had valid comments
and something to contribute to the discussion. We want that
same mutual respect of ideas and the freedom to express
ourselves translated into similar activities in our classroom.
| The distance learning opportunity via two-way
audio/video technologies with The
Cleveland Museum of Art was very valuable. The teachers
saw many possibilities for future distance learning opportunities.
During the school year the teachers will visit and experience
more onsite activities with local museums such as the IMA,
Eiteljorg Museum, The Children's Museum, and the Indiana
State Museum. They will also explore distance learning opportunities
with local museums and museums throughout the country. Some
of the teachers want to expand the distance learning experience
to schools in other states with a museum serving as host
between the two. They saw several opportunities for museums,
public libraries, and schools to collaborate on mutual projects.
Andrew Bales, Jackie McCracken, Belzer Middle
School, MSD Lawrence Township
Laurie Gatlin, Stacy Ray, Plainfield High School,
Plainfield Community School Corporation
Art Institute of Chicago
provided resource materials which were very helpful to
the teachers for creating student activities in their
The teachers will continue to journal and
collect classroom information as they implement their
instructional designs during the school year.
All Twelve Teachers at Summer Teacher Institute