VRAF Announces Registration for Regional Workshop | Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce registration is now live for “Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy” with instructors Jessica Sack and Rachel Thompson. This online workshop will be held via Zoom Webinar in two sections on May 7th and May 14th, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT.

This two-part workshop will provide participants with the tools to develop and implement visual literacy instruction within their professional practice both in person and using online platforms such as Zoom. Part one of this workshop will focus on visual literacy skills and pedagogical approaches by using Zoom to engage with objects from museums, libraries, and archives. Part two will focus on ways for participants to apply these pedagogies to their own work and institutions. Participants will discuss and develop ways to implement and evaluate their own visual literacy programs as well as how digital archives, art objects, and other primary sources can be used by staff, students and faculty. The question of what it means to teach from collections within a range of professional perspectives–including from information, museum, and education contexts—will also be addressed.

Jessica Sack is the Jan and Frederick Mayer Senior Associate Curator of Public Education at the Yale University Art Gallery. Jessica has worked in the field of museum education for more than twenty years. In that time she has been developing professional development programs in Visual Literacy for a variety of audiences including librarian, teacher, and faculty workshops, and training graduate students as museum educators. In addition, Jessica works with area teachers and faculty, helping them find ways to teach from objects and hone their own observation skills. Prior to Yale, Jessica was the Senior Museum Educator and Coordinator of Teacher Services at the Brooklyn Museum. She has contributed to publications including The Caring Museum: New Models of Engagement with the Ageing, Interpreting the Art Museum,  “Looking to Learn, Learning to Teach” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin and Picturing a Nation: Teaching with American Art and Material Culture. Jessica received her M.Phil. in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography from Oxford University, England, and a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.

Rachel Thompson is the John Walsh Fellow in Museum Education at the Yale University Art Gallery. A former Wurtele Gallery Teacher at the museum, Rachel is a graduate of the Yale Divinity School and holds an M.A.R. with a certificate in Education Leadership and Ministry. Prior to coming to Yale, Rachel was an English teacher in San Antonio after earning her B.A. in English and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin. As the John Walsh Fellow, Rachel continues to teach in the Gallery while developing curricular materials for Pre-K–12 and university audiences. She also facilitates professional development workshops for educators, both in person and online, on using works of art as teaching tools.

To register or read the full workshop description, visit here. The workshop fee is $50. If you have questions about registration, contact VRAF Director Chris Strasbaugh, strasbaugh.2@osu.edu. For general questions about the workshop, please email the Regional Workshops Implementation Team at vraf.rwit@gmail.com.

The VRAF is grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of this exciting opportunity to partner with cultural heritage and educational institutions.

On behalf of the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team