Educators Workshops are offered throughout the year. They are designed to enhance educators’ understanding of The Ringling’s collections and special exhibitions, and provide an opportunity for networking, collaboration, and inspiration.
An Abstract Expressionist View of Sarasota Bay
Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 8:30am-1:00pm
Plein air painting, the act of painting outdoors, has been practiced by many artists including Syd Solomon who famously painted by Sarasota Bay at his home on Siesta Key. This workshop will explore the practice of plein air painting, the Abstract Expressionist movement, and Syd Solomon’s legacy. We will learn from local artist Keith Crowley about the impact Solomon made on the Abstract Expressionist movement, tour the exhibition Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed, and practice abstract techniques en plein air alongside Sarasota Bay.
Learning to Look, Looking to Learn, Part 1
Thursday, March 5, 2020 @ 4:30-8:00pm
Learning to Look, Looking to Learn is a two-part professional development series led by Ringling educator Katie Nickel and Selby Gardens educator Tracy Calla. Through intentional observation students can learn to recognize patterns in art and plant structure, leading to interpreting those patterns as knowledge. Through pattern recognition, students will become adept at evaluating their own methods of learning, and will gain experience identifying misconceptions of knowledge and how to address those misconceptions.
During this first segment, we will learn to look at art. Using a didactic tool that walks students through the observation process, we will learn to guide student self-discovery of knowledge and understanding. This process will then be expanded to build on student observational skills, teaching students how to observe using a variety of tools available. An increase in observation skills has proven benefits including enhanced ability to read, write, and process emotions.
Syd Solomon: Florida Friendly Conservation
Saturday, March 7, 2020 @ 8:30am-1:00pm
Abstract Expressionist Syd Solomon lived and worked in Sarasota, Florida. From his home on Siesta Key, Solomon painted and celebrated Florida’s coastal ecosystem and was profoundly inspired by the local landscape. During this workshop, teachers will learn from Rose Garden Horticulturist Kai Sacco as he leads a walking tour of the Bayfront Gardens exploring topics such as coastal ecosystems, red tide, pollinators and the importance of native plants. We will also study Florida native plants and learn how to create a Florida Friendly garden for your classroom. This workshop has been tailored for 3rd – 5th grade classroom teachers, and secondary art, science and math teachers.