What is Their Message?

Submitted by Karin Trommer, Volunteer When I started to volunteer at ESMoA in the Fall of 2016, preparations for BRAIN were in full swing. Joining the busy beehive at ESMoA in their work to turn portraits of 396 Nobel Prize winners of the past 20 years into an ESMoA Experience, my task was to research a number of the award winners for famous quotes and meaningful statements. To accompany the visitors’ experience, these quotes were to be printed and laid [...]

February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

An American Museum Educator in Dubai

Submitted by Chelsea Hogan, Education Specialist One day in November 2015, I arrived at ESMoA with coffee in hand ready to teach a school group. Eva Sweeney, one of ESMoA’s founders greeted me cheerfully. She had just returned from a Global Private Museum Summit in Shanghai, China, and was brimming with ideas and energy. “So. Do you want to go to Dubai?” She asked. I probably responded with something like “Um….sure?” But as I listened to her tell me more, [...]

October 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Summer Camp @ ESMoA

Submitted by Nayila Moore, Teen Intern Prior to attending ESMoA’s Summer Camp, I primarily created portraits using pastels. Despite my love for pastels and portraits, I grew tired of doing the same type of pieces. I wanted to venture into different styles and mediums of art but I just did not know how. I was excited to hear that ESMoA not only had a Summer Camp, but had one for artists my age, I thought this was a perfect way [...]

September 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Teen Thing

Submitted by Sarah Hansford, Teen Intern Though ESMoA wasn’t my first job or internship of my high school career, I knew the first (and the last) day that it would be the most rewarding. ESMoA has taught me invaluable workplace skills, like how to properly make French press coffee and to never celebrate a German’s birthday before their actual birthday. They have also taught me slightly more practical skills such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and how to make a play program with Word Doc. I [...]

August 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

ArtLab Experiment: Snapchat Selfies With Saint Sebastian

Submitted by Daven McQueen, Education Intern Visitors to ESMoA’s Experience 23: MATTER will recall seeing a sculpture depicting a man who has selfie sticks protruding from his body, each one fitted with a different smartphone. This is Michael Sistig’s version of Saint Sebastian, the martyr who was shot with arrows in ancient Rome for his Christian beliefs. Michael conceived this piece after watching a visitor at the Louvre snap a selfie with a painting of Saint Sebastian and promptly walk away, [...]

July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Planning PROTEST and Teaching Teens: An interview with Violet Castellanos, Education Intern

Edited by Holly M. Crawford and Daven McQueen Violet Castellanos recently completed an ESMoA education internship with an emphasis on Family and Teen programs. She started as an Artist Mentor working with The Teen Thing and went on to coordinate PROTEST, an all ages art-making workshop centered around the concept of protest during Experience 21: PLAN. We emailed Violet a few questions about her experience working at ESMoA. What artist or contemporary figure(s) has inspired you? The teaching community has [...]

July 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Welcome to the ArtLab Report

Submitted by Holly M. Crawford, Education Specialist Hello friends! It’s with great joy and enthusiasm that I welcome you to the ArtLab Report, a blog dedicated to spreading the spark of creativity. Do you ever wonder what happens behind-the-scenes of an art laboratory? Are you interested in a career in the arts? Are you a teacher, parent, or mentor looking for education resources or tips on how to engage children or adult learners with art? Are you an artist looking [...]

July 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|