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The Mead’s staff is committed to providing faculty and students—including those with no previous experience with art or art museums—with access to the incalculable insights and intellectual rewards of close visual analysis. Multiple studies on the value of the visual arts in education have shown that guided looking and deep consideration of a single or a small group of art objects enhances critical observation and develops reasoning capabilities at the heart of a liberal arts education.
Pamela Russell, Head of Education and Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, is available to help you identify promising opportunities for museum class visits in your course syllabus; select relevant works of art to view; direct you to appropriate resources; reserve the museum’s Study Room for your class; and provide a basic orientation for your students at the beginning of your class session. Pamela can even lead a group discussion during your class visit about works of art, following lines of questioning generated by your students, if requested.
It’s free, it’s nearby, and it’s effective: we hope you’ll give a Mead visit a try! To begin this process, contact contact Pamela Russell at email@example.com or (413) 542-8229.