Writing the Portland Art Museum

04/13/2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Grade levels:
All Grade Levels
Content areas:
All Content Areas
Lewis & Clark Graduate School - Center for Community Engagement

Art Museums are giant buildings where cultural gatekeepers determine value and worth. The art that lies inside the walls of these edifices often is a mirror to the values of the societies in which they sit.

This Oregon Writing Project course will use the Portland Art Museum as a resource for your writing classroom by exploring galleries and pieces of art to inspire writing across genres. This may also include digging into the archives to examine pieces that the museum holds but does not currently exhibit. We will concentrate on inquiry and interpretation with specific pieces as writers.

Teachers will also work on creating a lesson using the art museum as a resource with a focus on a writing genre.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Use visual art to create writing lessons.
  • Access the Portland Art Museum as a teaching resource.
  • Use an art piece as muse for writing across genres: narrative, essay, and poetry.
  • Construct and participate in a Writer’s Workshop.
  • Deconstruct the question: Whose art belongs in a museum?

The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers.