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Teacher Painting Workshop

One of the goals of the Education Department at the Memorial Art Gallery is to support the teachers that are educating our community. There are several avenues in which this is accomplished:
Integrating Art Across the Classroom Curriculum
MAGart 2.0 – our free app which features a “Look and Do” area
The field trip handbook : a guide to visiting museums and other publications
Lesson plans and other resources
School Tours
Kits for classroom use
Charlotte Whitney Allen Library and Teacher Resource Center
and Professional Development Workshops and Teacher In-services

We received some comments (and photos) as feedback for this Teacher In-service which actually took teachers into the field in May of this year.

area teachers share their experience painting en plein air

L to R: Phyllis Bryce Ely, Melanie Martinek (Victor CSD), Rosemary Pergolizzi (East Irondequoit CSD) and Anne Marie Salvo-Olear (West-Irondequoit CSD)

Rosemary writes:
“Few experiences are so direct as painting on site. The quality of the light and the weather conditions combined with a beautiful outdoors space open your heart and your mind to creative thinking and spontaneous action. When you support that with the friendly and knowledgeable direction of a good artist/teacher the results are unique and memorable. Phyllis gave generously of her experience in materials and techniques. With participants sharing personal art goals and teaching ideas I think each of us came away with an enriched sense of the environment and how we can access it with our students and for ourselves.”

Anne Marie adds,
“Phyllis has a phenomenal student centered approach where she encourages the participants to investigate an attainable goal in the wild where everything can be so distracting. Her toolbox of endless tips and tricks can help any painter bring their work to life and notch it up a level in sophistication. Her class makes you attune to romanticize about the landscape and develop your exploratory personality.

experience painting en plein air
Melanie spoke for us all
“The workshop was wonderful!! I loved it! I would say that it was one of the best outdoor art workshops I have attended. The instructor was very good at listening to everyone’s needs and making suggestions in a positive, constructive and supportive tone. She is so very talented herself which was enjoyable and inspirational. She modeled the use of pastels in a way that was accessible to everyone. I truly believe that by participating in a workshop that stimulates our own creativity and honors our own talents, we become better instructors and mentors for our students, new teachers and student teachers. The art instruction during the workshop was incredibly helpful along with the other tips Phyllis gave us. Again, I loved the workshop and was inspired to get out and draw again very soon!”

Philbrick Park

Creative Workshop instructor and area landscape painter Phyllis Bryce Ely at Channing Philbrick Park on May 11.

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