Teaching with Contemporary Art

Gearing Up for Summer


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The last thing teachers want to hear in June is that we have to start planning for September. While this is unfortunately true, there is still a summer to be had! The Teaching With Contemporary Art column this summer will feature both guest writers and a series of “best bets”—exhibits, workshops, and destinations that can fuel our creative spirit and inspire our work as contemporary art educators.

While Art21 gears up for our annual National Education Advisory Council meeting later this month—a gathering of educators and museum professionals from around the country who review, give feedback and help Art21 plan future education initiatives—I wanted to ask how YOU are gearing up for summer and for September. How do you recharge and get perspective during the summer? While it helps me to teach someplace totally different (I’ll be teaching for a week at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in August) or have the opportunity to work on my own art in a new place (such as the Teacher Institute for Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), I am interested in sharing the different ways that summer helps us plan for a new year. Please share your stories and plans!

Untitled illustration (perhaps a future hybrid?) by Katie Sperling, age 16.

 

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