The Museum of Fine Arts will present a two-part teacher workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to teach American history using images from the museum's collection of more than 800 Currier & Ives prints.
The workshop is open to history, art, and English language arts teachers in Massachusetts and Connecticut schools. Teachers are eligible to earn 10 professional development points (PDPs) for their participation. The educators will study some of Currier & Ives' well-known scenes from American life, including historical events and battles, famous leaders and westward expansion, and will explore how these images can be incorporated into the history, art, and English curricula. They will also examine some of the more controversial Currier & Ives images that are rarely seen in public museums. Presenters include Daniel Czitrom, professor of history at Mt. Holyoke College; Joanne Lukitsh, professor of art history at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; and James Moran, director of outreach at the American Antiquarian Society. For more information about the workshop and to register, call the museum at 413.263.6800, ext. 323.