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UMMA offers teacher workshops several times a year. Workshops include interactive gallery tours, hands-on art making, and take-home packets for personal and classroom use. The atmosphere is friendly and allows teachers from different districts to meet and socialize with each other. UMMA's workshops have been recognized by ArtServe Michigan and have recieved high marks from participants.

Comments from the evaluations of teachers attending workshops in 2012/13 include:

"I had a fabulous time and gained a lot of resources and inspiration for my classroom. I look forward to attending future workshops."
"Excellent! I learned new engagement strategies."

"I liked the different perspectives (historical/curatorial and classroom)."

Creative Literacies: Expanding our View
A Workshop for Educators
Saturday, March 14, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Creative Literacies

Do you teach Art? Use a map? Interact with the web? Look at advertisements or take photographs? Although literacy generally connotes reading text, today it is also much more, requiring an increasingly diverse set of skills. A literate person must master many kinds of dynamic and malleable communicative practices in different media, from different sources and for different audiences. Join this exciting workshop and see just how intriguing and diverse literacy can be. You will leave with lessons your students can use as well as a new understanding of the skills required to be literate in the 21st century. Plus, you can spend a day in the dynamic and restorative environment of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, regenerating creativity and mingling with colleagues from around southeast Michigan.

There will be four sessions:

  • Katrin O. Robertson, UM School of Education, will speak on “Literacy, Thinking and the Arts.” Katie has taught K-12 language arts, social studies and art and integrates them in her current work with teacher training.
  • Scott Beal, Pushcart Prize winning poet, and UM Creative Writing instructor, will discuss “Multipoint Perspective: Using Art to Teach Writing” and lead participants in Ekphrasis or writing vivid descriptions of, and reactions to, works of art. In ekphrasis, one form of art talks to another.
  • Adam Levine, Assistant Director, Toledo Museum of Art, will address “Why Visual Literacy Matters.”
  • Samantha Nolte-Yupari, Program Director, Art Education at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, will introduce multimedia communication and creation in her talk “Transmediation and Multimodality in Art Making” and lead us in a hands-on, art making activity.

As always, we will offer delectable light refreshments and will send participants home with a head full of ideas and a folder full of resources for teaching.

Reservations: please email Jann Wesolek at
Registration: advance payment of $40 required.
5 SCECH”s available: please bring a checkbook to cover $10.00 for official transcript fee
Directions and parking:
Questions: please email Pam Reister at