Bates Museum of Art offers resource workshop for teachers

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LEWISTON — The Bates College Museum of Art invites Maine schoolteachers and homeschooling parents to a free workshop explaining curriculum resources that are available in connection with new exhibitions at the museum.

The workshop takes place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the museum, 75 Russell St. The museum also offers tours for school groups and community members free of charge. To register for the workshop or to schedule a tour, contact Anthony Shostak, the museum’s curator of education, at ashostak@bates.edu, or Kim Bentley, education fellow, at kbentley@bates.edu.

Through its Thousand Words Project and other programs, the museum has a long history of offering resources in support of local educators. The workshop will introduce the exhibitions opening in January: “Robert S. Neuman’s ‘Ship to Paradise'” and “Max Klinger: The Intermezzi Portfolio,” both opening Jan. 18; and “Fransje Killaars: Color at the Center,” opening Jan. 26.

“The workshop includes gallery talks addressing essential questions that speak to the Maine Learning Results and Common Core standards, a hands-on activity, information about bus grants and a curriculum resources packet,” said Shostak.

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“Ship to Paradise” is Neuman’s personal exploration of the “folly and foibles” of man. He used a ship’s journey as a metaphor for the human condition that reflected a world around him. Learn more at bates.edu/museum/exhibitions/upcoming/ship-to-paradise/.

Killaars’ installations combine fabric made in a women’s cooperative in India, blankets designed by the artist and textiles from Japan. Killaars works with fabric in ways that challenge the way we look at color. Learn more at bates.edu/museum/exhibitions/upcoming/fransje-killaars-color-at-the-center/.

Klinger was a symbolist painter, sculptor, printmaker and writer. His “Intermezzi Portfolio,” part of the permanent collection at Bates, references classical and German mythology.

“These exhibits offer exciting possibilities for teachers to include in their winter curriculums,” said Bentley.

Since Killaars’ work consists of textile installations, the Bates museum is partnering in this project with Museum L-A, housed in the Bates Mill complex where the well-known Bates bedspreads were once woven. Killaars will install her work at both museums, and will use actual materials woven into the Bates bedspreads.

Including the historic mill in the installation offers an added opportunity for community involvement and outreach.

Funding is available for buses to bring students to the museum. Learn more about the Maine Arts Commission’s Ticket to Ride program at mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Ticket-to-Ride.

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