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Source: Kathrine Schlageck, 785-532-7718, klwalk@k-state.edu
Web site: http://beach.k-state.edu/
News release prepared by: Andrew North, 785-532-7718, anorth@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009

K-STATE'S BEACH MUSUEM OFFERS FREE WORKSHOP ON TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT ART

MANHATTAN -- As a part of an ongoing series, Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is offering a free workshop on the best ways to teach children about art.

"Looking at Art with Children: Art and Science" will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Kathrine Schlageck, the Beach Museum of Art's senior educator, will share strategies on how to talk about art with children while integrating science.

The workshop is geared toward adults -- parents, teachers, day care providers, home-school teachers and more -- who work with children of all ages and will cover lessons about weather, color and entomology. It also includes a visit to the "Robert J. Lang: Insect Origami" exhibition, on display at the Beach Museum through Dec. 24.

"Learning to look at art helps to build higher-order thinking skills that can be used by children in any discipline," Schlageck said.

For workshop attendees with children, a workshop for children is being offered at the same time on the museum's first level.

Information about materials that may be borrowed from the museum's teacher resource center also will be available, as well as a packet detailing project ideas.

Reservations are required for both adults and children and can be made by calling 785-532-7718 or by e-mail to klwalk@k-state.edu.

The workshop is supported by the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum, on the southeast corner of the K-State campus, at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays.