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UW Art Museum’s Summer Teaching Institute to Investigate Art, Science

May 12, 2017
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Participants in the UW Art Museum’s 2015 Summer Teaching Institute receive instruction before starting an art activity. (UW Art Museum Photo)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s 2017 Summer Teaching Institute, “Transforming Learning: Investigating Art and Science,” will examine the intersections of art and science through biology and sculpture. The institute is set Wednesday through Friday, June 21-23.

K-12 science teachers, art teachers, general classroom teachers and community educators are invited to participate in this professional development opportunity. Professional Teaching Standards Board credits or UW continuing education credits are available. UW credits require an additional $50 fee per credit.

The cost of the workshop is $100 per person. Ten full-tuition scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One dinner, all lunches and snacks are included for three days. The general registration and scholarship application deadlines are Monday, June 5. Online registration forms are available at

Using current trends in education, which include a focus on active learning in STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, the UW Art Museum and the UW Biodiversity Institute have partnered for the Summer Teaching Institute. The institute provides educators with hands-on experience and insight into research happening in art and science, as well as research-based methods for integrating these disciplines.

Participants will examine artworks from the UW Art Museum’s permanent collection; explore the lab and African cichlid fish research of evolutionary biologist Catherine Wagner; and engage in active-learning exercises that explore basic concepts in evolutionary thinking, led by Brian Barber of the Biodiversity Institute. Participants also will work with two studio artists: Adrienne Vetter, interdisciplinary sculptor and installation artist, and Bethann Garramon Merkle of the Wyoming Migration Initiative.

Additional standards-based instruction and distance learning will be provided by the UW Art Museum and the Biodiversity Institute.

All portions of the professional development will be held in the UW Art Museum and the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

No previous art or science experience is required to participate in this workshop. Activities carry into the evenings and include studio time to explore materials. A final in-person critique and assessment are required for participants Friday afternoon.

For more information, call Katie Christensen, UW Art Museum curator of education and statewide engagement, at (307) 766-3496 or email

“Museum as Classroom” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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