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Winter Educator Workshop: Artistic Experiments

Feb 10 2024

Seattle Art Museum

Arnold Board Room (entire)

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

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Alexander Calder's innovative and influential work was informed by an intuitive practice of experimentation.

In this workshop, participants will connect Calder's artistic practice evident in Calder, In Motion: The Shirley Family Collection at SAM to curriculum related to project-based learning and hands-on activities. Learn from teaching artists and educators who are integrating these learning strategies in their classrooms using Calder as inspiration. Then work away in a maker’s space and try out your own ideas!

The registration fee for this event is $25, or $20 for SAM Members. If cost is a barrier, please contact This workshop includes resources and Washington State Clock Hours. Classroom educators, paraeducators, subject area coaches, and administrators are welcome to attend.

Support for K-12 programs during the 2023-2024 school year is provided by the BNSF Railway Foundation and Foster Foundation. Partial, sustained support for SAM’s K-12 programs is provided by an endowment established in 1999 by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant and the generous contributions of matching donors, including the Ann P. Wyckoff Education Endowment. The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the Seattle Art Museum has supported SAM K–12 programs since 1994.

The Yellow Disc, 1958, Alexander Calder, 1898-1976, oil on canvas, 35 x 48 in., Promised gift of Jon and Mary Shirley, © 2023 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Nicholas Shirley, Brightwood Photos.

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