On-Campus Events

Learning to Look, Learning to Write: Art-Based Teaching Methods for Strengthening Writing Skills

Friday, March 4, 11:00 am CT

How can the close analysis of visual art help students develop skills that will also make them more effective writers? This workshop will explore the relationship between art and writing pedagogies with a focus on the Smart Museum’s resources for instructors who want to emphasize writing skills in their teaching. 

The workshop will include short presentations by Rachel Cohen, Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of English, and Patrick Barry, Visiting Lecturer in Law, who will each share strategies from their experiences of teaching writing in museum spaces,  and Ashley Lyons, Associate Director of University Writing Programs, who will speak about the most common challenges facing student writers, and the prospects for addressing these challenges with art-based exercises and activities. These presentations will be followed by a large-group discussion, in which workshop participants will be able to ask questions, share experiences, and brainstorm lesson plans and learning objectives. Register here.