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Workshops

All educators are invited to learn methods and skills to engage students in art-centered gallery and classroom teaching. Our workshops are professional development opportunities that offer techniques for facilitating critical thinking and discussion around art.

This fall, join the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Public Library, and Brooklyn Brainery in an interdisciplinary journey of storytelling and science. Participants will go behind the scenes at these institutions after hours to experience artworks, gardens, and historical archives. Each workshop will explore how storytelling and science have functioned in support of, and opposition to, each another at key moments throughout U.S. history.

All workshops begin at the Museum and take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Register for one workshop ($30), or attend the full series of four ($110).

October 26: The Power of Telling Your Own Story

Spend time analyzing and debating historical and contemporary myths about nationhood, geography, and ownership, and how stories can either oppress or liberate. First, American art scholar and educator Dalila Scruggs will take us through an in-depth analysis of a nineteenth-century painting. Then, sj Miller, activist and scholar at NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformations of Schools, will discuss the power of storytelling as a tool and methodology to foster change and social justice. Registration is now open for up to 20 participants.

November 2: How Factual Are Facts? Responsibly Sharing Information

Question and complicate notions of fact and opinion. We’ll disrupt the idea that science is only made up of neutral facts by investigating artworks in the special exhibition Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo and the Museum’s permanent collection. We will then work with experts from the Brooklyn Public Library, who will share archival material and current data to teach a tested methodology to challenge “alternative facts.” CTLE certificates available for teachers. Registration is now open for up to 20 participants.

November 9 and 11: Chocolate: A Complex Intersection

Unpack and upend colonial narratives through an interdisciplinary investigation of the history and production of chocolate. The session will begin with a 30-minute conversation with Museum curators and educators in our American Art galleries. Afterward, we will head to Brooklyn Botanic Garden to learn about the cultivation and growth of cacao plants. Registration is now open for up to 20 participants. You also have the option of joining us for a delicious tasting tour of the Mast Brothers chocolate factory in Williamsburg to learn about their chocolate-making process on Saturday, November 11, at 3 pm, for a fee of $10.

November 16: The Poetry of Patterns

Join us at the Brooklyn Brainery for our final session, complete with skill-sharing, art-making, and wine! We’ll begin by studying a painting in the Museum’s collection and plants from Brooklyn Botanical Garden. We’ll think about patterns in artworks and the natural world, and compare them to patterns in historical narratives, science, and poetry. Finally, we’ll learn the art of printmaking to further explore the idea of patterns, and toast to all the great work done over these four weeks! Registration is now open for up to 20 participants.

Custom Workshops

Interested in a private workshop for a special group of educators? We’d love to collaborate. These museum educator–led workshops are tailored to meet the needs of your group. Recent workshops have included “Art as a Resource for English Language Learners,” “Creating a Social Justice Teaching Practice,” and “An Introduction to Object-Based Learning in the Classroom and Museum.”

Ask your school or organizational administrator to fill out an inquiry form, and we’ll get back to you with a quote and a timeline.

Questions? Email us.