2011 Educator Workshop: Society, History & Culture Through the Arts of Korea

See the workshop schedule to access video and material archive.

People were immersed in the arts of Korea in a day-long workshop designed to enhance their knowledge of Korean culture, society and history, and provided tools with which they brought to their classrooms. Filled with presentations by internationally and nationally recognized speakers, teachers used their five senses to experience Korea through the arts throughout the day. Participants were provided with an authentic Korean lunch and a take-away packet of contextual information, lesson plans, and other resources to extend their experience to their students. -------- SB-CEUs are available.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists at the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA), this workshop examined the social and historical contexts of the ceramics tradition in Korean culture. How did the lives of the artists and the socio-historical context in which they developed the products that we see? What can Korea’s acclaimed ceramics tradition reveal about the people, the nation, and their place in the world? They explored the answers to these questions and hoped to learn a little about themselves in the process of this professional development workshop.

Educators were given a unique opportunity to tour the exhibition with acclaimed ceramicist Yikyung Kim, one of the featured artists of the exhibit, and UMMA Research Curator of Asian Art, Natsu Oyobe. A tour of the museum’s collection in the Korea gallery offered context for the rich tradition that the artists in the exhibit built upon, and demonstrates how to incorporate these objects into classroom curricula. A demonstration of Korean ceramic techniques was given by Ann Arbor artist, Daria Kim. Educators concluded the day with a presentation by Mary Connor, a nationally recognized Asian Studies and United States history  teacher and president of the Korea Academy for Educators, on Korean history and incorporating Korea into the classroom.

A limited number of travel reimbursement grants are available for participants travelling further than 75 miles to attend. Please indicate your interest in applying for the grant when registering.

Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists was organized and produced by the Fowler Museum at UCLA. It was made possible by a major grant from the Korea Foundation. Additional support was provided by Korean Airlines.

UMMA’s installation and related programs are made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, Office of the President, and Nam Center for Korean Studies, and by the Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.