Educator Classes and Events
The Ohio Craft Museum offers two professional-development workshops for educators each academic year. Previous topics include narrative clay sculpture, taught by Columbus artist Julie Byrne and large-scale paper installations, taught by Columbus artist Leah Wong. To receive emails about upcoming educator events, please add your email to the form below.
Bring Your Students to Winterfair … Free Admission!
Columbus Winterfair, now in its 41st year, is a fine-craft fair exhibiting the works of over 400 artists from across the country. Free admission for school groups will be offered on the first day of the fair, Friday 10am-8pm. Schedule your group asap by emailing Phyllis, Education Coordinator, at email@example.com. Deadline for registering a tour is November 21st, please leave the following information when registering: 1)-Teacher Name, 2)-School, 3)-Contact Phone #, 4)-Your first choice of arrival time, starting at 10am (times assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis), 5)-Number of students and number buses, and 6)-number of teachers/chaperones.
Many artists will demonstrate their craft during the fair hours. We encourage your students to talk with these and other artists to get the most out of their visit. View this educational packet with suggested questions and activities here. Your students will also be able to participate in an interactive art exhibit and a hands-on art-making activity.
Teach at the Museum
Educators! Teach at the Museum! Share your artistic knowledge with our Young Masters and Teens. During the summer the Ohio Craft Museum offers the opportunity for young people to explore the arts through our Young Masters Camp (grades 1-6) and Teen Summer Workshops (grade 6-12). Teaching Proposals are excepted starting in December, if you’re interested in proposing a class(es) for Young Masters – Click Here, for Teen Workshops – Click Here, complete and submit a proposal. If you’re simply interested in getting more information contact Phyllis Walla-Catania at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-486-4402.
Our adult classes now offer additional components for educators. Classroom art teachers can earn credits toward PDUs while acquiring knowledge and experience with new materials and topics at any of our Craftview workshops, listed on our adult education page. To participate in this program, please state your interest during registration.
The Ohio Craft Museum’s Art-to-Go boxes are traveling mini-exhibitions containing art objects, lesson plans and teaching resources. Educators may check them out to use in the classroom or on their own in order to gain further understanding of the art forms contained within. These resources provide a great opportunity to teach about unique works of art in an in-depth manner that encourages exploration, integration, and cross- cultural connections. To borrow an Art-to-Go box, please call the Education Department at 486-4402 or email educationATohiocraftDOTorg.
These boxes (one for elementary and one for middle/high school) contain objects and materials designed to help students and teachers explore the art and cultures of Mexico and Guatemala. The box contains mask-making forms and instructions for creating animal and human-shaped masks. Have your students prepare for a real or imagined festival, and enjoy the fiesta! Please note that the mask-forms are not available in the summer, but the rest of the box may be checked out.
Mugs, Mugs, Mugs: More Than a Cup
This box contains objects and materials about functional and non-functional hand- crafted drinking mugs. These unique objects have been compiled in a traveling collection to present a whimsical exploration of this universal art form. Teachers can use the 14 mugs, made from a variety of materials, to inspire students and encourage the practice of artful looking and thinking. The enclosed book, Book of Cups, gives a closer look at drinking vessels through time.
School visits to the Ohio Craft Museum
Classroom and art teachers are invited to bring students of all ages to the Ohio Craft Museum for gallery tours, hands-on workshops, “artful thinking” lessons, and more. Depending on the program, the cost varies from completely free to $3-$5 per student. Please call 614-486-4402 or email email@example.com to receive more information. Workshop requests must be made at least six weeks in advance.
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