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Professional Development Workshops

If you are interested in arranging a Professional Development workshop at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum please contact Ellen Alvord, Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs, at

Past Workshops

Learning with Objects: The Skinner Museum and Your Curriculum

July 1, 2014
8:30 am12:30 pm

This interactive professional development workshop for K-12 Educators will focus on creating curriculum connections between the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum and your teaching. The workshop will give you the opportunity to integrate object-based teaching into your classroom and explore a number of facets of Skinner’s collection, including Colonial American life, Native American culture, and the natural world, among many others. We will also work together to improve and develop K-12 web activities to best meet your teaching objectives.

Masks: A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

March 29, 2013
8:30 am12:30 pm
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in partnership with Jean-Paul Maitinsky and Jeremy Donnelly of Springfield Magnet Schools.

Masks are a global phenomenon; they have been made in almost every time period and region in the world. They can be ceremonial or funerary, celebratory or mournful. Though the meaning, function, and form of masks differ from culture to culture, one thing remains constantthe ability of masks to illuminate the cultures and people who made and wore them. This workshop for educators will explore the form and meaning of masks from the collection of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. The morning’s first section will focus on looking at historical masks with Museum staff. The second half of the workshop will include a hands-on mask making session with Springfield educator Jeremy Donnelly.