Crow & the Classroom Workshops
Crow & the Classroom Workshops are small-scale professional developments for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. These half-day PDs focus on engaging and participatory teaching methods applicable to all subjects. Teachers in attendance earn PD Credit Hours.
Please review some of the workshop options for educators below.
Crow & the Classroom Workshops: Artful Thinking
Scheduled according to your district’s or group’s availability
Free-of-Cost for tuition-free institutions; Eligible for 2.5 PD Credit Hours
To schedule this PD for your group of up-to 30 educators, email email@example.com
In this workshop, teachers learn how to use Harvard Project Zero’s Artful Thinking methodology to develop students’ higher order thinking skills. Teachers practice routines which push students to use the following thinking dispositions while discussing works of art: observing and describing, reasoning, questioning and investigating, comparing and connecting, exploring viewpoints, and finding complexity. Some teachers have used this methodology in their classrooms the day immediately following their PD at the Crow Collection.
Artful Thinking 2.0
Hudreds of DFW-area educators have already attended a Crow & the Classroom Workshop and learned how to use the Artful Thinking methodology. Artful Thinking 2.0 is for teachers who have already tried out the methodology and wish to discuss successes and challenges with their peers as well as learn more routines.
Crow & the Classroom Workshops: Art-Making
These small-scale workshops are offered periodically, and individuals must register to reserve their spot. See below for upcoming art-making workshop opportunities, or check back later. Eligible for 3 PD Credit Hours.
MAT: Museum Approaches to Teaching Seminar
Each Spring, the Crow Collection partners with a school district to offer a professional development session with a national leader in museum education. The session is eligible for PD credit hours and focuses on gallery teaching methods that can be applied in the classroom. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your district is interested in partnering with the museum.
The Crow Collection offers student-centered, inquiry-based tours for visiting school higher, education, and after school groups. Tours are offered free of cost and must be booked a minimum of 3-weeks in advance. In addition to free tours, we provide limited Transit Scholarships of up-to $200 for tuition-free DFW-area schools meeting certain criteria.
Past Lecture Series | Asian Art 101
Continue your learning about the arts and cultures of Asia through recordings of past lectures and recommended readings carefully curated by each visiting scholar.
- Buddhism and Art
- Hinduism and Art
- The Himalayas
- Southeast Asia
- Landscape in Chinese Painting
- Porcelain Stories
- Confucianism, Daoism, and Art
- Islam and Art
Beginning with the samurai armor featured in Fierce Loyalty: A Samurai Complete, Midori Oka will present how the arts of Japan are intimately related to Japanese history and cultural context. The lecture will reveal, for example, that historically significant battles from earlier centuries influenced the aesthetics of the Edo period (1603–1868) and beyond.
What does it mean to be enlightened? Join us for a talk that will take you to the world of the Buddha through the inspiring art of Asia. Learn about the basics of Buddhist philosophy, its iconography (“writing in images”), rituals, aesthetics, and patronage, and in the end, even learn a little more about ourselves.
Dr. Lisa Owen will highlight select sculptures from the Crow Collection in order to explore the dynamic intersections between Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain art produced during India’s ancient and medieval periods.
Hinduism is a religious tradition that embraces the richness of artistic expression while highlighting goals that transcend, or even negate, the value of that richness. This talk will use Hindu art objects and the traditional Hindu framework of the puruṣārthas (goals of human pursuit, which include righteousness, wealth, pleasure, and liberation) to discuss this dynamic in the tradition.
The Himalayas is not just a mountain range that is home to Mount Everest. It is also a region that has witnessed the richest crossroads of cultures in the world from South Asia to the Tibetan Plateau. From Hindu and Buddhist cave structures, to sensual tantric Buddhas and wrathful guardians, experience the wonders of cultural, religious, and aesthetic exchanges through the art of the Himalayas.
Justine Ludwig will discuss contemporary art throughout Asia—ranging from new media art in India to the Superflat movement in Japan. She will also address the fairs and biennials in Asia that have come to shape the contemporary arts landscape.
Jennifer Casler Price will focus on the arts of China, with a primary emphasis on the fundamental and enduring traditions of ceramics, calligraphy and painting, and jade carving. She will also discuss Buddhist sculpture as well as touch upon decorative art forms such as, lacquer and cloisonné.
Southeast Asian art has a unique aesthetic that blends indigenous motifs with artistic styles and subject matter introduced by seafaring merchants, primarily from India and Sri Lanka. Dr. Gardner Harris will explore the evolution of Southeast Asian art, focusing on the intersections of ‘internal’ and ‘external’ artistic styles.
This lecture addresses the nature of landscape art as a cultural projection, with a focus on Chinese landscape painting. It is based on the premise that landscape art makes use of perception of the natural world to explore the relationship between man and nature–to communicate ideas, emotions, ethics, politics, and values. Looking at a landscape picture is partaking of a sense of order (or its lack) in the world.
Jinyoung Jin will showcase four Korean contemporary artists: Do Ho Suh, Sookyung Yee, Yeondoo Jung and MeeKyoung Shin. She will explore the sources of their inspiration in traditional Korean art, history, society, and culture. A variety of critical issues ranging from the Korean War through globalization and its aftermath will be discussed through the works of the artists.
Confucianism is often thought of as promoting a rigid and formal understanding of the relationship of human beings to one another and to government, not the kind of ethos that we think of as promoting a lively tradition of art. Yet the form of Confucianism that emerges in China’s Song Dynasty (960-1279) integrates insights of Daoism and Buddhism and has produced works of art that reflect this dynamic integration.
“What is Islamic art?” Despite this inherently sacred name, Islamic art includes secular masterpieces. As such, Islamic art is one of the most diverse artistic traditions in the world. Scholars continue to debate its name and classification. The Crow Collection has many objects from Mughal India (16th-19th c.), the art and architecture of which was shaped both by earlier Islamic cultures and those of pre-Islamic India.