Erie Art Museum To Host Workshop For Educators Cabin Fever Teacher Getaway

Thursday, March 16 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (registration opens at 3:30)

$20 per person, includes dinner, please register in advance

The Erie Art Museum welcomes all PreK – 12 teachers to an evening of hands-on workshops connecting art and culture to their curriculum. Teachers will explore vibrant art quilts from the exhibit Earth Stories, delve into Erie’s unique duck decoys, a 100-year old tradition, and learn how Erie’s folk artists are sustaining their folk art today. Each teacher will receive 3-1/2 Act 48 hours.

Special guest will be exhibiting artist Susan Shie, a quilter and illustrator from Wooster, OH. She has been awarded fellowships from the NEA and the OH Arts Council, exhibited internationally, and was awarded the 2008 Teacher of the Year from Professional Quilter Magazine. Shie will offer a special workshop, Sassy Drawing 101 during Cabin Fever.  She writes, “Learning to draw is like learning to float in water: You have to learn to trust, and then you find out you could have done it all along, had you let go. Most of us think we can’t draw, so we don’t try, but you drew as a child, and you can pick up where you left off. I teach by example and by taking away all the rules.  I hope that the skills and confidence you gain in this class will help you in expressing yourself, as well as in enjoying drawing for its own sake. We are all brilliant artists, AND art heals us.  We can’t lose!”

Teachers can choose Shie’s workshop or other activities that explore Erie duck decoys, the art quilt exhibit, Kids as Curators, and Sergei Isupov’s stunning ceramics. Everyone will gather for an African fashion show and a lively lecture by Shie about her influences and artist processes.

Teachers can register through erieartmuseum.org or by calling 814-459-5477.

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