CANCELED—Faculty Workshop: Teaching with Art Objects Across the Disciplines

March 24, 2020
12–1:30 pm
Kemper Art Museum

With great regret we are canceling this event, in response to the University’s recommendations and guidance from the CDC
on limiting the spread of COVID-19.


Object-based learning (OBL) is an educational method that involves actively using authentic or replica material objects in teaching. OBL can help students acquire both subject-specific and cross-disciplinary knowledge and can assist them in honing observational skills important to a wide variety of disciplines. In this workshop, co-sponsored by the Kemper Art Museum and the Center for Teaching and Learning, participants will discover how the skills of interpreting original art objects (close looking, visual literacy, and critical thinking) can help students learn to express and support their interpretations, deepen their connections to course curriculum, consider multiple perspectives, and make connections between art and personal experience.

Attendees will experience a participatory tour of the Kemper Art Museum’s collection, which spans the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and features artists including Thomas Eakins, Tomás Saraceno, and Shirin Neshat, whose work crosses mediums and disciplines. Together, we will reflect on the skills that were used and ways to incorporate object-based teaching into our practice.

Please note that this workshop is 90 minutes in length instead of the usual 1 hour. Lunch will be in the last 30 minutes of the workshop, with the tour and gallery viewing scheduled before the working lunch.

Facilitators: Dr. Meredith Lehman, head of museum education, Kemper Art Museum; Rochelle Caruthers, university academic programs coordinator, Kemper Art Museum; Olivia Mendelson, assistant educator, Kemper Art Museum; and Dr. Meg Gregory, assistant director, Educational Development, The Center for Teaching and Learning

Image credit

Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916), detail of Portrait of Professor W. D. Marks, 1886. Oil on canvas, 76 3/8 x 54 1/8". University purchase, Yeatman Fund, 1936.