Fitchburg Art Museum

Educational Resources for Teachers and Families


Public Programs

Lectures and Demonstrations
Guest lecturers, artists, and our staff offer lectures and demonstrations on a variety of exhibition-related topics throughout the year. Check our Calendar for current offerings.
 

Family Events

Family Days —featuring hands-on art activities, performers, and family-friendly tours— happen periodically at the Museum throughout the year.
Check our
Calendar  for the next Family Day, and our Art Classes and Workshops section for family-friendly studio art classes and workshops. 
If you would like suggestions for visiting the Museum with children, including some simple gallery games, you may download a free sheet, "Tips for Family Visits," 
here.
 
 
 

Programs for Educators

 

Teacher Workshops

Learn about new exhibitions and the permanent collections and how they can enhance your curriculum. Connections to the MA Curriculum Frameworks are included in every workshop. PDPs and In-Service Credits available. For dates, times, and topics, check the Calendar or contact the Director of Docents, Ann Descoteaux, 978/345-4207 ext. 302, or Director of Education Laura Howick at ext. 305
 
 

Educational Resources

Please contact Laura Howick, Director of Education, if you have questions about these resources or suggestions for additional resources, 978.345.4207 ext. 305 or lhowick@fitchburgartmuseum.org

 
 
CD-ROM: Inspiring Minds Through Art: An Introduction to Object-Based Learning
Developed by the Museum in conjunction with teachers from the former Museum Partnership School, Inspiring Minds Through Art offers teachers an easy-to-understand approach to integrating art objects into their math, science, English language arts, or history curriculum. Included are three ways to connect the arts to other subjects, an Art Library of almost one hundred objects from the Museum’s collections, and thirty-one printable lesson plans. Computer requirements: Windows 2000 or Mac OS 9.2 or OS-X. Please note: Newer systems may not be able to play this CD-ROM.
 
Borrow this CD-ROM for a $50 deposit (check or credit card) and $3.00 for shipping (cash or check). Deposit is refunded upon return of the CD-ROM. Call 978-345-4207 ext. 302 or 305 to reserve a copy. 

Or, Click Here to download the thirty-one arts-integrated lesson plans from the CD-ROM.
 
CD-ROM funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning.
 


Resources for On-going Exhibitions

 
GLOBAL AFRICA: Creativity, Continuity, and Change in African Art

 

Please find below information about GLOBAL AFRICA: Creativity, Continuity, and Change and pre-visit suggested discussion topics to prepare students for their visit. Research has shown that doing the first and second steps listed below helps students concentrate on learning once they get to the museum.

 

 

Your visit will fulfill the general fourth-grade History framework of studying the people of the United States. This exhibition shows examples of how American culture has been, and is, influenced by people from other countries and cultures.

Download the GLOBAL AFRICA Educational Resource PDF

 

DISCOVER ANCIENT EGYPT

Prepare your students for a visit to this educational, interactive gallery. The 50-page manual describes the lay-out, objects, educational components, and sub-topics in the gallery. Suggestions of key concepts for discussion and activities are provided for each area. Also included are copies of the large didactic labels, a first person account of opening a tomb, a bibliography, background information on women’s legal rights, and recipes for foods eaten by the ancient Egyptians.
Download the DISCOVER ANCIENT EGYPT Educational Resource PDF

Please contact
Laura Howick, 978-345-4207 ext 305, for more information and materials.


Resources for Temporary Exhibitions


TRIIIBE: same difference

Through June 5, 2016

Fueled by a common interest in identity, performance artists Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio (identical triplet sisters) and National Geographic photographer Cary Wolinsky joined forces in 2006 to form TRIIIBE - an artistic collective that often expands to include family, friends, and fellow artists. TRIIIBE's painstakingly staged photographs, performances, and videos play up the sameness of the sisters to provoke cultural
conversations about gender, equality, and difference, while traversing hot-button social and political issues.  Behind each TRIIIBE endeavor is a clever, satirical, and egalitarian exchange of ideas and an elaborate cluster of costumes, wigs, props, and make-up.

 

This resource packet includes suggestions for writing and art activities, explanations of key strategies used by TRIIIBE, questions to provoke discussions about identity, plus copies of labels and images of several artworks.


Download the TRIIIBE Educational Resource PDF

 

LAND HO!

Through January 10, 2016

Land Ho! was a group exhibition that celebrated the timeless lure of the landscape in art. From majestic mountains and
gently rolling hills to bucolic pastures and dewy, green fields, our landscapes are ever-changing terrains with the power to
move, excite, and inspire us. Artists have been spellbound by the beauty and mystery of the landscape for centuries, and
it is a rare and wonderful treat when landscape paintings from generations past hang side by side with works by twenty-first
century talents.
Download the LAND HO! Educational Resource PDF


ONE LANGUAGE IS NEVER ENOUGH: Latino Artists in Southern New England
Through January 4, 2015
 

Please find information about the exhibition and pre-visit suggested discussion topics to prepare students for their visit. Research has shown that doing the first and second steps listed below helps students concentrate on learning once they get to the museum.

  

Your visit will fulfill the general fourth-grade History framework of studying the people of the United States. Both exhibitions are examples of how American culture has been, and is, influenced by people from other countries and cultures.
Download the ONE LANGUAGE IS NEVER ENOUGH Educational Resource PDF



STILL LIFE LIVES!

Through January 12, 2014

Still Life Lives! was a group exhibition that celebrates the vitality of the still life tradition and its themes of beauty, bounty, darkness, fragility, and fleeting moments. Still Life Lives! featured paintings from FAM’s permanent collection – gorgeous florals and fruits by Nell Blaine, Marc Chagall, Henri Fantin-Latour, William Harnett, Walt Kuhn, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marguerite Zorach, to name a few – surrounded by striking examples of the genre by over twenty contemporary New England artists. More information