The Evenings for Educators series is one of the longest-running programs of the StateWide Art Partnership (SWAP). These events are held at locations across the state of Utah and feature speakers, hands-on workshops, and educational materials designed to help teachers integrate art into their curriculum. Teachers may receive in-service credit for attending these events.

visitors in Supermarket exhibition

Evening for Educators, February 6, 2020
MOA Exhibition: Supermarket: Pop Art and 1960s America

Experience our the dazzling exhibition of Pop Art and learn how American consumer culture informed the production of fine art during the 1960s. Participate in workshops where you will learn printing techniques used to create the iconic images of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns.

Lesson Materials:

Pop Art and 1960s America Lesson Plan

Uncle Sam sculpture

Multisensory: Engaging Children and Teens with Visual Art
Evening for Educators, September 26, 2019
MOA Exhibition: Becoming America

Visit Becoming America, the MOA’s exhibition of American art, and experience playful ways to teach children and teens about visual art and culture using multimodal teaching strategies. Ideal for a gallery or classroom setting, these techniques will help art novices and experts alike to facilitate exciting lessons about visual art. Fun art-making studio projects will round out the gallery experience.

Lesson Materials:

Responding to Art, Grades 1 – 5

Responding to Art, Grades 6 – 9
(email for high-res version)

Responding to Art, Grades 10 – 12

Danae Mattes Where the River Widens

Nature Transformed: The Art of Patrick Dougherty and Danae Mattes
Evening for Educators, February 7, 2019
MOA Exhibition: Windswept and Where the River Widens

Patrick Dougherty’s grand installations, made from thousands of interwoven tree saplings, celebrate the repetitive toil of agrarian life and the Zen of handcrafted workmanship. Danae Mattes’ evaporation pools elicit the deep connection we feel with nature’s most essential, life-giving element—water. In the workshops, you will discover ways to mold nature’s bounteous materials into new and captivating art forms.

Lesson Materials:

Responding to Patrick Doughtery

Earth Art – Ceramics

Carl Heinrich Bloch "The Woman with the Sparrows"

You Can Draw! Fun and Accessible Drawing Techniques for All Ages
Evening for Educators, October 3, 2018
MOA Exhibition: Lasting Impressions: Etchings and Drawings by Carl Bloch

This evening is all about line–a fundamental element of art. Start with a tour of Lasting Impressions, our new exhibition of Carl Bloch’s masterful etchings and drawings. Experience an engaging keynote address by Utah-based artists Cassandra Barney and Brian Kershisnik on their unique approaches to drawing. Then attend their individual workshops to learn fun and simple drawing techniques designed to help you and your students discover that everyone can draw!

Lesson Materials:

You Can Draw! Fun and Accessible Drawing Techniques for All Ages

Nina Katchadourian, "Finland's Unnamed Islands (detail), 2000/2017, 96 paper map fragments between glass microscope slides on aluminum shelves, Collection of Nick Debs, Eastham, MA., Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Seasons, Cycles & Sequences: Capturing Time and Change in Art
Evening for Educators, March 29, 2018
MOA Exhibition: Nina Katchedourian: Curiouser 

Visit Nina Katchedourian’s thought-provoking exhibition Curiouser and ponder both human behavior and the surprising order of the natural world.

Lesson Materials:

Curious-Serious-Funny: Nina Katchadourian’s Methods (email for PDF of this lesson plan)

Kaleidoscopic Symmetry with Aundrea Frahm


Fascinating Foray into the Heart of M.C. Escher
Evening for Educators, November 30, 2017
MOA Exhibition: Other Worlds: The Art of M.C. Escher

Discover an artistic realm of wonder, impossible constructions, and infinite tessellations conceived in the mind—and heart—of one of the worlds’ most famous graphic artists; then experience hands-on art workshops that will inspire your own inner “Escher.”

Lesson Materials:

Attempting the Absurd Lesson Plan, Part 1

Attempting the Absurd Lesson Plan, Part 2

James Mollison. Aida Boys School, Bethlehem, West Bank

All Fun and Games? James Mollison’s “Playground”
Evening for Educators, April 12, 2017
MOA Exhibition: Playground

Learn about the vast array of social, political, and economic conditions that define school education worldwide and take part in workshops that reveal the prime importance of play in the formal and informal learning of children.

Lesson Materials:

All Fun and Games? James Mollison’s Playground – Lesson Plan

Campbell- Big Sister 2013

It’s My Life: Autobiography & Nostalgia in Art
Evening for Educators, October 12, 2016
MOA Exhibition: Rebecca Campbell: The Potato Eaters

Explore artworks based on artist Rebecca Campbell’s personal life and learn about the role nostalgia plays in creating and interpreting autobiographical art.

Lesson Materials:
It’s My Life: Autobiography & Nostalgia in Art

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