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Archive for October, 2011

Teachers, Let Us Treat You!

The weather is changing, the leaves are nearly done falling, and the 2011-12 academic year has been underway for nearly 12 weeks already. It’s a difficult time of year to feel energized, especially in the classroom.  What teachers need right about now is the chance to take a breather — to sip some wine, mingle with friends, wander through works of art, and maybe even buy a little something lovely, just because; they need our Teacher Night!

Teachers, please let us treat you to a special evening this Wednesday, October 26, from 6 – 7:30.  This free, open house event is our way of thanking and acknowledging you for all that you have done this semester, and all that you will continue to do.  We will have free wine and appetizers for you to enjoy, as well as discounted shopping for you in The Dot Shop, our new retail space.  Our galleries will be open for you to see our latest exhibits, especially, Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, and we will have representatives from SAX and United Art & Education here to show you new products and ideas for your classroom.  It’s going to be a “no requirements, just relaxation” kind of night, and we hope you will join us!

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Teaching with a “Full Deck”

"Full Deck" in SBMA's Warner Gallery

For those of you just joining us, here at SBMA we’re all ramped up about Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art, which opened in our Warner Gallery two weeks ago.  This electrifying exhibit of skateboard art is especially appealing to children and young artists, and we would love to host any school or other groups who would like to see it.

There are many ways in which a viewing “Full Deck” can serve as a platform for learning and meeting curricular standards in nearly all subject areas.   This week we would like to offer an engaging science lesson plan that focuses on the physics of skateboarding and would make a fantastic follow-up to a “Full Deck” field trip, hint hint.

If there’s one thing that a skateboard will help you remember (four times over), it’s that the wheel is a beautiful thing. Therefore, we’re not even going to try to reinvent it.  Instead, we offer you this link from “Teach Engineering,” an outreach of the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Entitled “Skateboard Disaster,” it promises to be a great success among the middle school crowd. Enjoy!

Ramp Up Your Teaching With “Full Deck”

"Full Deck" in SBMA's Warner Gallery

“Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” is now open at SBMA, and we are certain that children and young adults throughout Michiana will want to see it.  Before all of you classroom teachers cry out in protest, “No!  I don’t have the time to leave my classroom and squander precious time-on-task minutes!” we would like you to know that the possibilities for integrating “Full Deck” into academic goals and standards are endless.  In fact, we are so certain that a field trip to SBMA would be a highlight of the 2011-12 school year for both students and teachers, we are going to be posting a series of activities and lessons that correspond with this exhibit.

This week’s lesson was developed by Melissa Green, a junior high language arts teacher, and offers a way to spin off the skate ramp and into poetry.  For those of you who try this lesson with your students, we would love for you to share with us the poems that your students create.

Click here to download the POETRY in MOTION lesson.

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