Your students shouldn't have all the fun during summer break! Sign up for four days of indoor and outdoor art & nature-based adventures at the Smith College Museum of Art. Discover curricular connections and find inspiration from artwork on view in The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes from the Collection (June 17–September 11, 2016) as well as SCMA's permanent exhibition galleries.
During the four days of "camp," enjoy exhibition tours by curators, presentations by guest speakers, creative writing and art-making experiences, expeditions on- and off-campus, as well as guided conversations and interactive explorations of art objects in our galleries. Throughout the week, emphasis will be on the skills of observation, slow looking, speaking and listening, observational drawing, reflective writing and creative expression through innovative museum learning strategies.
A certificate will be provided to document the professional development hours. Curricular materials to support in-gallery and classroom learning will be provided via GoogleDrive and a Google+ community. A gmail account is required to participate, either a personal gmail or a district email account that uses the Google Apps for Education platform. Teachers are encouraged to create pre-visit lessons or student in-gallery assignments that integrate art & science as a result of this experience. Teachers will also be required to commit to bringing students to the Museum during the 2016-17 academic year, with fully subsidized bus transportation provided by SCMA.
Go to http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/School-Adult-Group-Visits to learn more about scheduling guided and self-guided visits to this exhibition as well as SCMA's permanent collection galleries.
Some works in the exhibition render the landscape realistically, while others recast nature in abstract terms. Some illuminate natural forces or natural wonders, from the devastating aftermath of the eruption of Mount St. Helens to the fragile beauty of rainbows. Others address the effects of human interventions—artistic or otherwise—on the environment.
Local landscapes by local artists are a special feature of the exhibition, a visual reminder not only of the many scenic splendors of the region but its wealth of artistic talent. Local scenes include Stephen Petegorsky’s photograph of the Meadows, Scott Prior’s early portrait of a “nuclear” Northampton, and Sally Curcio’s bubble sculptures of Happy Valley. Newly acquired landscapes from North Adams-based artist Mike Glier showcase works created during a year-long trip along a line of longitude beginning in the Arctic circle and extending in a quarter turn around the earth. Stephen Hannock’s monumental painting The Oxbow, after Church, after Cole presents a contemporary version of the iconic landscape feature of the Oxbow of the Connecticut painted by the nineteenth-century masters Frederic Church and Thomas Cole.
The exhibition is made possible by support from SCMA’s members.