Education

Eastport (Maine) Elementary school students during a visit to TIMA’s Free Will North Church Project Space in September 2016 to view and discuss the large scale art installation, Undertow, (partly shown above the students in the photo) by artist Anna Hepler.

OUR EDUCATION PROGRAM is built on audience engagement that inspires through hands on experiences and the thoughtful exchange of ideas offered by dynamic contemporary artists and historic works of art. The largest object of our collection, our historic 1887 building, is itself a work of art that has undergone meticulous floor to roof, interior and exterior restoration.

Through the StudioWorks program our print shop hosts after school classes and adult workshops in letterpress, digital, and traditional printmaking techniques led by award winning visiting artists. These have included collaborative community posters produced by our Hand Line Press. In the last year we have hosted visiting artists to lead workshops in printmaking, photography, poetry, illustration, song writing, public sculpture and traditional arts in our schools and surrounding communities.

In addition to artist talks, our visitors enjoy Visual Thinking Strategies [VTS] sessions in our galleries featuring contemporary works and selections from our permanent collections. Pre-visit and post-visit school VTS sessions engage our audiences to make the most of a field trip to the Tides Institute & Museum of Art. Visual Thinking Strategies is a teaching method and school curriculum that centers on open-ended yet highly structured discussions of visual art, significantly increasing students’ critical thinking, language and literacy skills along the way.

We serve educators and their students through our on-line place-based and museum collections resources initiative, Washington County’s Quality of Place, on topics related to visual art, architecture, history, cartography and material culture. Included in this initiative is an on-line database of rotating 360-degree panoramic images documenting and interpreting the natural, built, and culturally significant landscapes of Maine’s easternmost coast and adjacent areas. More than 120 rotating panoramic photographs of these local and regional places are collected on our panorama page: Panoramas. In addition, an initial view of our collections database is now also available on-line: Art.

Contact us to arrange a visit and to learn more about how your classroom can benefit from access to our collections.

Contact: Kristin McKinlay
Tides Institute and Museum of Art
P.O. Box 161
Eastport, Maine 04631 USA
Phone: 207.853.4047
Email: kmckinlay [at] tidesinstitute [dot] org
Website: Tides Institute & Museum of Art

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