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5 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
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English, Spanish; Castilian, Chinese, Portuguese
Topics
Architecture, Museums, Educational paradigms
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Contemporary Museum Education

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5 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
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Skill Level
Beginner
Video Transcripts
English, Spanish; Castilian, Chinese, Portuguese
Topics
Architecture, Museums, Educational paradigms
Course Description

This class provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the growing field of contemporary museum education. It includes an examination of the changes occurring in art and design educational paradigms within the museum world, the evolving nature of museums as institutions with educational missions, along with learning and interpretive theories unique to the museum context. The class provides an extensive hands-on component devoted to the special methods, practices, and skills associated with teaching with artworks, and in designing educational material, projects, programs and innovative learning experiences within the art and design museum settings. The course also explores critical issues facing the field through theory, practice, and the analysis of case studies, including audience diversity, collaboration with schools and communities, the rethinking of museum missions and practices, and the potential for innovation and avant-garde practice within the field.

schedule

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Session 1: Principles, Foundations, and the Contemporary Museum Educator (December 18, 2018)
Course overview components and uses of museum education
6 lessons
1. Introduction + Situating the Field
2. Questions About Museum Experiences
3. Components, Characteristics and Uses of Museum Education (Premium Exclusive)
4. Various Aspects of Learning in Different Educational Settings + the Artist/Educator
5. Signposts in the History of Museum Education
6. Review of Course Assignments (Premium Exclusive)
Session 2: Curating the Learning Experience (December 25, 2018)
Designing gallery learning experiences and engaging audiences
6 lessons
1. Overview
2. Audiences and Program Types
3. Design and Performance of a Gallery Learning Experience
4. Experiencing and Analyzing the Work (Premium Exclusive)
5. Examining One Artwork at the Whitney Museum with Heather Maxson
6. Session/Assignment Recap (Premium Exclusive)
Session 3: Expansion and Transformation of the Gallery Learning Experience (GLEx) (January 1, 2019)
Variations on the Gallery Learning Experience and Critical Education Practice in the Museum
9 lessons
1. Overview
2. Working with and Adapting to Different Audiences and Contexts
3. Learning for the Unguided Visitor
4. Variations on the Structure and Elements of the GLEx (Premium Exclusive)
5. Discussing an Ancient Portrait at the Brooklyn Museum
6. Artmaking Activities and Workshops
7. Museographic Practices and Critical Problematics
8. Contemporary Issues & Learning at Pratt Manhattan Gallery
9. Assignment #3: Mini GLEx (Premium Exclusive)
Session 4: Beyond Teaching and the Museum Education Environment (January 8, 2019)
Designing Creative Programs, Projects and Spaces and Connecting to Curation and the Contemporary Gallery
7 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Education and Curation (Premium Exclusive)
3. Education and the Contemporary Gallery
4. Educational Material + Resources + Spaces (Premium Exclusive)
5. Conversations with Former Students
6. Culminating Project: Creation of a GLEx and the Citizen Educator
7. Review + Overtures
Session 5: New Frontiers and Innovations in Museum Education (January 15, 2019)
New museum education and the future potential of museum education in the cultural ecosystem
7 lessons
1. On New Museum Education and New Museology
2. New Audiences and Community Programs
3. Alternative GLExes, the Unguided Experience, and Suites of GLExes (Premium Exclusive)
4. Programs and Learning Opportunities Unique to Museums
5. Museum Education in the Ecosystem of Education and Culture
6. A New Adventure: New Concepts and New Frameworks
7. Course Summary + Overtures (Premium Exclusive)
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What You Need to Take This Course
  • An interest in museums and learning in museums
  • Physical access to museums
  • Computer and internet access
  • Word processing program that can export .docx files (Microsoft Word, Pages, Google Docs (free!), etc)
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