Faculty Development

Coming to Jones Road: A professional development workshop facilitated by Sharon Vatsky

Focusing on Faith Ringgold’s exhibition, Coming to Jones Road, museum educator and author Sharon Vatsky will share strategies for encouraging dialogue and engagement with works of visual art. These strategies help support the development of language skills while also deepening understanding of local history. Teachers will come away with ideas that are adaptable to the classroom, using simple materials and approaches that can be applied to many works of art. This workshop will be relevant to all grade levels and curriculum areas.

Sharon Vatsky is a lifelong art educator. Her career in museum education includes a decade as curator of education at the Queens Museum and more than twenty hears at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, most recently as director of visitor engagement.

She has conducted workshops for teachers and museum educators at universities and art museums in the United States and internationally and has taught graduate level courses in museum education a the City University of New York, Teachers College, Columbia University, and New York University’s graduate program in museum studies as well as undergraduate courses in drawing, painting, art history, and arts education.

Her first book, Museum Gallery Activities: A Handbook was published in 2018 by Rowman & Littlefield. Her new book, Interactive Gallery Tours: A Guide to In-Person and Virtual Experiences will be available this spring.

To arrange for a workshop at Gallery Bergen, please contact gallery director Tim Blunk: tblunk@bergen.edu.