EVENINGS FOR EDUCATORS
December 7, 4:30-7 pm (social until 5:15 pm)

Visual Arts

This evening. Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D., Chief Curator and Willis A. Strauss Curator of European Art, will present highlights from her "Collecting for Community" essay, which is part of the catalogue European Paintings and Sculpture from Joslyn Art Museum (2021). Attendees will break into smaller groups to create in hands-on workshops.

Groups B & C feature high school students in The Union for Contemporary Art's Mentoring Young Artists program. We are delighted for this collaboration and the opportunity for teachers to learn from these young artists and mentors. 

FREE program; limited seating; registration closes December 5.


SELECT YOUR SMALL GROUP TO REGISTER

Deck the Halls - A Still Life Lesson
Join Therese Straseski, Joslyn teaching artist in the Joslyn's Dining Room to draw still life arrangements with a holiday flair. After sketching a few studies, move to the Gold Room to create your final composition using watercolor pencils and Derwent Inktense Blocks. This workshop is structured and includes a lesson plan for your elementary or middle school classroom. Click here to register for this group.

How to Finger Knit a Snake
In this workshop, led by Kimmie Hale, peer mentor at The Union for Contemporary Art, participants will learn how to knit using two fingers then four, to create a knitted snake of their own. Click here to register for this group.


Origami: The Japanese Art of Paper Folding
In this workshop, led by Brielynn Benton, peer mentor at The Union for Contemporary Art, participants will be given a brief history of this traditional art form, as well as learn basic folding techniques to create a variety of paper folding projects. Click here to register for this group.


Registration Information. Select Group A, Group B, or Group C to begin process. First come, first served.
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What's pictured: Graphic of Moravian floor tiles in the Storz Fountain Court, symbol for visual arts





Teacher Workshops

EVENINGS FOR EDUCATORS offers time to gather with other area teachers from any discipline, who work in a school system, and to engage in artful activities. In-person programming returns, and Joslyn Castle has generously provided a venue on selected Wednesday nights during the 2022–2023 while the Museum is closed for the expansion and renovation project.

Evenings for Educators Schedule

PROGRAM LOCATION: Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

Held George and Sarah Joslyn’s former home, teachers will participate in workshops featuring the couple’s shared interests. Mark your calendars for Wednesdays, 4:30-7 pm (social 4:30-5:15 pm). Registration open two weeks prior to the program.

October 5 - Architecture
December 7 - Visual Arts
February 8 - Music
April 12 - Literature



Do you have an inquiry? Call (402) 661-3847 or click here to e-mail Joslyn's Director of School Programs & Interactive Media.

What's pictured: Joslyn Castle, photo courtesy Joslyn Castle





Teacher Workshop Recordings

For fifteen school years, THURSDAYS FOR TEACHERS included opportunities for teachers from all disciplines, who are actively teaching in a school system, to engage in special training to integrate art into their curriculum. Lesson plans and teaching posters from previous sessions are available online through the Nelson Teacher Resource Center.

Did you miss a live, virtual Thursdays for Teachers session in the 2020–2022 school years? We have you covered. Request access to the recording below. You will also receive a digital Teacher Guide for the session. 

Art Appreciation: Create, Present, Respond, Connect

Take time for yourself and join us for some Art Appreciation where we will cover the basics such as the elements of art, and subjects and styles of art. Discover artist Jules Breton (1827–1906) and the story of his two works in our permanent collection with Taylor J. Acosta, Ph.D., Associate Curator of European Art. Participate in a looking exercise with, perhaps, an unexpected impressionistic work with docent Judy Boelts. Join teaching artist Therese Straseski to make an impressionistic landcape or simply follow along. Click here to request this recording.


Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives

Explore Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives with Emma Westbrook, former Curatorial Assistant. This exhibition sheds new light on the famous firm’s artistic and commercial practices, revealing the complex social relationships and surprising modernity of its lavish prints. Also, discover prolific female artist and lithographer Frances Palmer (1812–1876). Participate in a looking exercise with docent Judy Boelts, starting with the "parts of art" and ending with a rich discussion. Join teaching artist Therese Straseski in a fun print-making project. Click here to request this recording.


Native Americans: 1800s to Today

Study new artworks and rediscover old favorites on view in Joslyn’s Durham Gallery (gallery 7), which features Art of the American West, with Annika Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Native American Art. Steve Tamayo, a Sicangu Lakota Culture Bearer who contributed to the Durham Gallery’s fresh interpretation, shares his knowledge, discussing the aesthetic choices and cultural significance of the objects. Finally, discover raw hide container (parfleche) design motifs as you create a paper version with Tamayo. Click here to request this recording.


Leadership: Making a Difference

Explore artists Mickalene Thomas and Rashid Johnson with Karin Campbell, Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art. Learn about how Thomas leads the charge to carve out a defined, lasting space for Black bodies and narratives in art. Rashid's work addresses the power of the amplified voice in fighting for change. Participate in a looking exercise with docent Judy Boelts. Together you will look closely at works with a leadership theme and activate your critical thinking muscles. Inspired by Mickalene Thomas portraiture, create a layered "power portrait" with Joslyn teaching artist Therese Straseski. Discover how to create a variety of skin tones with watercolors and learn how to draw the facial features. These portraits will embody a person’s power. Click here to request this recording.

Nostalgic Reflection

Explore the intersection of nostalgia, art, and emotions, like stress, with Laura Huntimer, Director of School Programs and Interactive Media. Consider how Grant Wood responded to a difficult time in history through his paint brush. Study this popular work, Stone City, Iowa, 1930, which has a special place in Joslyn's permanent collection. Inspired by Wood's rolling landscape, create a watercolor landscape with Joslyn teaching artist Therese Straseski. Relax as you create your own scene or watch as one unfolds on the screen. Focus on space as you compose your nostalgic landscape. Click here to request this recording.

Read a Portrait; Tell a Story

The Dutch Golden Age–a time of economic success and wealthy citizens celebrated this with their likeness, hanging of the wall. Learn about master portraitist Rembrandt van Rijn and his sitter Dirck van Os with Laura Huntimer, Director of School Programs and Interactive Media. What does this portrait tell us about the sitter? After learning about the elements of a portrait, we will look at another artwork by a popular portraitist. Which one? Join us to find out and develop the sitter's story. Playing with the dark dramatic colors of Rembrandt’s palette, learn how to create subtle textures using printmaking and stamping with Joslyn teaching artist Therese Straseski. Compose a textured portrait or relax as you watch one come together. Click here to request this recording.

Faces from the Interior

Explore Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer with Annika K. Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Native American Art. In addition to learning more about this exhibition, discover how Indigenous voices are incorporated into the interpretation. Steve Tamayo, a Sicangu Lakota Culture Bearer, and his grandson Izzy Tamayo, replicated the headdress from Bodmer’s painting Wahktägeli,Yankton Sioux Chief, 1833, which is part of the Faces from the Interior exhibition. Discover more about Steve’s work as you learn about the seven rawhide containers of the Plains from him. The designs are all geometrical and symmetrical, and the colors used are representational to what exists on earth. Click here to request this recording.