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April 2008

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New Video Showcases Art & Language Arts Program

Professional Development Opportunities

Get an inside view into the Getty Museum's Art & Language Arts program in this new video. Art & Language Arts is a free one-year program that introduces K–5 teachers to meaningful and engaging strategies for developing students' skills in language and visual arts. This intensive program includes a summer institute, two one-day sessions, class observations, and more!

Watch the short video Teaching Teachers, Reaching Students.

See teachers learning and collaborating in the Art & Language Arts program.

Learn more about Art & Language Arts and download an application for the 2008-2009 class. Applications are due May 1, 2008. Teachers must apply in teams of eight or more from each school.

Ideas for the Classroom
Art & Language Arts Culminating Event
April 19, 2008, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m
The Getty Center

Professional Development Opportunities

Seats are still available for the Art & Language Arts culminating event! Find new ways to engage students by integrating visual arts into the K–5 language arts curriculum. During this culminating event for the Getty Museum's innovative Art & Language Arts program, teachers from several Los Angeles area elementary schools will present curricula they designed as participants in the program.

At this free event you will swap ideas with other teachers, view student work, and get inspired!

Call (310) 440-7300 to register. Space is limited, so sign up now!

teachers working
Visual arts meet language arts in fun, standards-based activities.

View lessons written by teachers who participated in past Art & Language Arts programs.

Villa Summer Institute
The Enduring Legacy of Athens in the Age of Pericles
July 30–August 2, 2008, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
The Getty Villa

Professional Development Opportunities

The Villa Summer Institute for K–12 teachers will investigate the artistic and cultural contributions from Classical Athens and their continuing relevance to our modern world. Teachers will discuss topics informed by the California State Content Standards—such as daily life in ancient Greece, theatre, and mythology—through gallery investigations, lectures, and hands-on activities.

The Institute is designed to give teachers knowledge of ancient art and culture as well as the skills to engage students by teaching from original works of art. You will gain practical skills for using the Villa's collection, and the site, to create meaningful learning activities in the classroom and during a Museum visit.

For information about the application process and to request an application, send an e-mail to Applications are due May 9, 2008.

Teachers learn about gallery activities to do with their students at the Getty Villa.

C U R R I C U L A R  C O N N E C T I O N S

Bringing Sculpture to Life: A Sculpture Art Activity

Current Exhibitions

Since antiquity, sculptors have used a variety of colored materials to give lifelike qualities to their work. In the exhibition The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present, students can see how artists have used different materials to represent naturalistic colors in sculpture. Even ancient sculpture, which we often think of as intentionally left white, was vibrantly colored when first made.

Explore this exhibition with students in grades 6–12 and use the lesson "Sculpting a Modern Hero" to have students create their own variations of polychrome sculpture. Explain to students that "polychrome" means "many colors." After they have created their hero sculptures, challenge students to brainstorm creative ways of applying polychromy to bring their sculptures to life. For example, students can paint on air drying clay, embed foil into eye sockets to create inlaid eyes, or attach other objects to their work and create an exciting mixed-media sculpture.

Head of a God / Unknown
Inspire students to create lifelike sculpture by adding color, just as sculptors have done throughout the ages.

Head of a God, Probably Zeus, Unknown Greek, South Italy, about 325 B.C.

View the lesson "Sculpting a Modern Hero."

Learn more about the exhibition The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present, on view at the Getty Villa through June 23, 2008.

S C H O O L  V I S I T S

Changes in the Galleries

Getty Bookmarks

Did you know that works of art at the Getty Museum are often moved to new locations? Before you bring your class to the Getty, make sure all the artworks you want to visit are on view. Here are two recent changes:

Arii Matamoe/ Gauguin

On View
Arii Matamoe (The Royal End) by Paul Gauguin is the Getty Museum's newest painting acquisition.

Back on View
Head with Horns by Paul Gauguin, previously on loan to the Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome as part of the exhibition Paul Gauguin, Artist of Myths and Dreams, has returned to the Getty Museum.

Find the location of a work of art by using Getty Bookmarks. Register for an account and you'll always know the most current location of your bookmarked artworks. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check Getty Bookmarks on the day of, or the night before, your visit.

Register for Getty Bookmarks now!

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