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Teaching With Documents and Works of Art: An Integrated Approach

[At Capacity]


July 22, 2013through July 24, 2013
National Archives Building and Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC


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Teaching With Documents and Works of Art: An Integrated Approach
Focus on Photography as Art and Document

This three-day workshop will provide a varied program of lectures, demonstrations, collaborative work, and analysis of documents and works of art in order to introduce teachers to the holdings, resources, and programs of the National Archives and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This is the sixth year these organizations have partnered to bring educators nationwide new approaches to teaching with primary sources. This year's content focus is photography as art and document. Workshop attendees will participate in hands-on activities related to the historical photography processes. Additionally, they will participate in and develop classroom activities that utilize both visual images and primary source documents as teaching tools in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.

The objectives will be to:

  • Consider photographs as both documents and works of art
  • Think about the ways in which photographs can be examined to uncover the social political and historical contexts in which - and about which - these forms of visual evidence are created
  • Practice historical thinking skills including photograph analysis
  • Explore the techniques and technologies of photography with hands-on engagement
  • Brainstorm ways to bring photography as primary sources into the classroom
  • Inspire discussions about photography from the past and the present
  • Learn about the opportunities available for educators and students from the National Archives and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (workshops, tours, videoconferences, publications, online tools, and resources)
  • Identify the various types of primary source documents held by the National Archives and the wide range of artworks in various media in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Michael Hussey, Ph.D., Exhibits and Education Specialist, NARA
Suzannah Niepold, Teacher Programs Coordinator, SAAM

Fee: $200 (includes coffee, lunch, teaching resources and course materials)

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