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University of Virginia Art Museum to Host Art Print Workshop

October 6, 2008 — The University of Virginia Art Museum will host its annual Art Print Workshop Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Piedmont Council for the Arts, the workshop offers training to parent volunteers interested in bringing art prints into elementary classrooms to promote visual literacy.

The workshop will introduce attendees to the Socratic, or inquiry method of looking at art with children. Using open-ended questions to solicit a response from the viewer, the method ensures that the viewer is never wrong and facilitates the development of visual literacy, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

For schools that do not have an active art print program, the workshop is an excellent opportunity for parents to gain the skills necessary to start one. Hands-on activities during the workshop will offer participants a chance to learn and practice the inquiry method.

The Art Print Workshop is free; participants are asked to register in advance. The workshop will be held at the U.Va. Art Museum and Fayerweather Hall on Rugby Road. Workshop details will be provided upon registration. To register, call the Piedmont Council for the Arts at 434-971-2787 or send an e-mail to education@charlottesvillearts.org.

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