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Aug 04, 2017

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For Schools & Educators


At the Walton Arts Center’s 25th annual Arts with Education Institute, teachers learn to incorporate the arts in subjects as diverse as history and math

Teacher Professional Development: Using Tableau Across the Curriculum

PIR and OPI Renewal Units available
**Register through "My Learning Plan"
Educators outside of Helena School District call 442-6400 x108 to register

April 8, 2017
10 am - 3 pm

@ Holter Museum of Art

In this workshop, participants will discuss ways to integrate art into the curriculum. Teachers will learn  a theatrical technique known as tableau that can be applied to history, literature, or visual arts. Tableau activities help students develop empathy for people and events they are studying as well as build their self- awareness and concentration. The workshop will demonstrate a process every teacher can use to lead students in successfully creating and assessing tableaus. Content for this workshop has been adapted from the Kennedy Center for the Arts program "Living Pictures: A Theatrical Technique for Learning Across Curriculum."

This workshop is intended for elementary level teachers, although it is open to any teacher who would like to learn more about how to use arts integration in their classroom. Teachers will learn how to use tableau, the principles of arts integration, and how to develop their own arts integrated lesson using tableau. It will be taught by Sondra Hines, Curator of Education for the Holter Art Museum and Yvonne Kunz, a Montana Teacher Leader of the Arts.



Kennedy Center‘s ArtsEdge -- Preeminent source for arts-integration information.

Arts Integration: Resource Round-Up -- Edutopia website listing resources to get you started.

Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge Lesson Collection -- Art-integrated lessons ranging from elementary to high school.

Education Closet -- Arts integration resource firm. Provides online PDs and STEAM conference.


Project Planning Checklist (Source: School 21 retrieved from Edutopia)

Curriculum Mapping (Source: Bates Middle School retrieved from Edutopia)

Student Reflection (Source: Bates Middle School retrieved from Edutopia)

Teacher Reflection (Source: Bates Middle School retrieved from Edutopia)

Other Resources:

Drama Games

Teaching Tableau

Theater Connections


Attention Teachers: The Holter Musuem has transportation dollars thanks to the Helena Dragon Project!!

Here's how it works...
Call to make sure funds are still available
Call 442-6400 x108 to schedule your Museum visit
Schedule your bus through your school
Send the Holter the invoice for your bus expense and we will pay the bus company.
Send Invoices to:  Holter Museum Education
                           12 E Lawrence
                           Helena, MT   59601

Or  email the invoice to sondra@holtermuseum.org

We have different types of tours.  click here to view our different tour choices

When to Schedule

  • Reservations should be made at least a week in advance.
  • If you are visiting the museum with a school group but do not plan on taking a guided tour, please make a reservation.
  • Our school tour reservation office is open Monday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm.

How to Schedule

  • First, review tour options to choose a field trip type then determine possible dates, and times before calling to make a reservation.
  • Ensure that transportation is available for any possible dates before calling.
  • To make a reservation, call 406-442-6400.

How to Prepare for Your Field Trip

  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation letter/invoice, with information about bus drop off location.
  • Look for Art of Chaperoning and Museum Manners in English and Spanish with your e-mail confirmation. To help ensure a quality experience for everyone please share this with teachers and chaperones BEFORE coming to the museum.
  • If your tour is guided, one of the tour guides will call three to five days before your visit to confirm details about your tour(s).
  • Find lesson plans and resources related to your tour on this web page

Payment & What to Do When You Arrive

  • Payment is due upon arrival. Please collect the money ahead and pay for the whole group in one payment (credit card, check, or cash).
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the start time.
  • You will enter through the Cruse Avenue/School entrance
  • We have cubbies for coats.


Lunches, Photography, Sketching, etc.

  • You may take pictures of objects that belong to the museum. No flash is permitted.
  • You can sketch in most areas of the museum. You must use black graphite pencil and clipboards.
  •  All of our programs are available for all students. Please inform the reservationist of any special needs your students, chaperones, or teachers have.

2017 3rd Grade Field Experience
Jan. 31-Feb 24th
Exhibition: Steve Gluekert; The Blind Man and the Elephant 

Important Information for 3rd Grade Teachers

  • Class visits will begin on Tuesday, Jan 31st. 
  • Each field experience starts at 9 a.m. at the Holter Museum of Art for morning visits and 12:30 p.m. for afternoon visits. 
  • Students will be introduced to museum manners, followed by a docent-led tour of the exhibitions. 
  • After the tour, students will move into our Studio Classroom where they will create their own artwork inspired by artist Steven Gluekert
  • The museum charges a $3/student materials fee with scholarships provided to any child in need. There is no charge for teachers and chaperones. 
  • Pre-Visit Information and activity for teachers available below.
  • Post-Visit material available upon request. click here


    Is Coming to Helena!

As part of the Holter Museum of Arts Art for Survival Project Project Voice will perform and present programming for Helena students and teachers.

January 25, 2017
Phil Kaye & Elizabeth Acevedo
Helena High All School Assembly
Student Workshops
Teacher Professional Development

Many thanks to the Holter Museum Members and Supporters, Montana Arts Council, Sarah Sullivan, Holter Museum Docents, The Helena Public Schools, and anonymous donors for supporting this project.

What is Project Voice?

Project VOICE is a team of highly accomplished writers, performers, and educators. 
As Writers they have published Amazon best sellers, been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, been featured on radio and television, and had their poetry published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. 
As Performers they have thrilled international audiences from National Poetry Slam stages to TED Conferences, from HBO Television to NPR Radio and Lincoln Center. Videos of their performances have been viewed several millions of times online, and they have performed in thousand-seat amphitheaters, late night dive bars, high school gymnasiums, university auditoriums, and everything in between. 
As Educators they 
have earned Degrees in Education, mentored students of all ages, taught in hundreds of classrooms and communities around the world, led professional development workshops with educators, been interviewed and featured in Education publications, and been featured presenters at education conferences such as the International Baccalaureate Organization, the National Association of Independent Schools, The European Council of International Schools, The African International Schools Association, The New Brunswick Teachers Association, and more.

What is Spoken Word Poetry?

For audiences who are new to the medium, this performance is the perfect introduction to the magic of Spoken Word Poetry, but for long-time Spoken Word fans, this show also promises to surprise and reinvigorate a love of the art. Armed with only a microphone, award-winning Project V.O.I.C.E. performers are champions of vulnerability, cheerleaders for the unexpected, and ruthless flashlights for all your heart’s nooks and crannies.

Phil Kaye

Elizabeth Acevedo

TED Talk

Project Voice Teacher PIR
**sign up through My Learning Plan**

Project VOICE Professional Development Workshops empower educators by giving them tools to build on the momentum of a Project VOICE visit. In an intimate, teacher-focused setting, we explore how to best harness the potential of spoken word poetry in the classroom, why spoken word poetry is an effective education tool, and a brief history and context of the art form. Educators are instructed on the "best practices" for teaching spoken word poetry, which Project VOICE has finessed from hundreds of classroom visits to schools of all formats around the world. Over the course of a professional development workshop, Phil and Elizabeth will demonstrate original exercises, facilitate writing and performing experiences, and provide additional poetry resources. Participants will leave with an increased familiarity and comfort with spoken word poetry as well as several ideas for how to incorporate it into their classrooms and curricula. Enjoy a playful, interactive space that isn't just for writing or theater teachers—some favorite uses for spoken word poetry are in history and science classes, educators and faculty from all departments and content areas are welcome!

Project Voice Student Workshops (25 students per session)

This workshop takes participants on an intimate and hands-on tour of spoken word poetry, leaving them with the tools they need to begin writing and performing their own work. Tackling terrifying questions like “What can I write about?” to “How do I perform well?”, this crash course is designed to give participants an opportunity to whet their palates and dip their toes in the pool of Spoken Word Poetry.

Montana Teacher Leader's in the Arts and other educators who are interested in participating in this experience please contact Sondra Hines @ sondra@holtermuseum.org or 442-6400 x108

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