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Museum Curriculum - what do Arts teachers need/want?

Museum Curriculum - what do Arts teachers need/want?

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I am working on the curriculum for our newest venture, an eTour, to debut during the 2011-12 school year. This will be a tour of the museum filmed in segments that teachers can access via the web and it will cover the countries/continents/people groups that the museum covers. As our museum is physically located in the Dallas area, and DISD schools are emphasizing STEM and PBL, I'm trying to tailor my curriculum to focus on those ideas, but want to incorporate Arts into it too (STEAM?). My big question is: what are the school districts and teachers - not just in Dallas - looking for in a curriculum from a museum? Are you wanting ideas that you can adapt to your students/district/state requirements? Are you wanting a full-on put it in your hands curriculum that you can just print and go? I realize that each teacher/district/state will need to adapt for their specific standards, but I'd like some input from teachers working in the classroom with PBL and/or the Arts about what they'd like to see. Thanks so much!! Best, Andrea International Museum of Culture

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Josh Blum
Middle-School Art Educator in Fredericksburg, VA

I am interested in giving context to works of art. I would prefer to see fewer artworks within a richer contextual setting than a large collection of different artworks of a similar style, with less background. I am often frustrated by museums that offer thematic or stylistic groupings of artwork in overly sterile environments, giving the impression that these works exist in a vacuum. Especially for secondary students, believe that social and cultural anchors are the key to understanding style and meaning in works of art. They need to be able to relate these things to subjects, objects, or events that they can understand.

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