Art of Egypt Exhibit Includes Teacher Workshop

Area school teachers who want their students to visit the art of Egypt exhibit at Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University are encouraged to attend a teacher's workshop that will help them prepare students for a museum field trip.

The workshop is Monday, Sept.16, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. A reception will follow from 5 to 6 p.m. Teachers will have an opportunity to view the exhibition prior to their field trip. Although advance registration is required, admission to the workshop is free. To register, please call 503/370-6855. Ron Crosier, an education consultant and retired high school art teacher from Portland, researched and wrote the teaching kit for the exhibition.

In conjunction with its forthcoming Egyptian exhibition, In the Fullness of Time: Masterpieces of Egyptian Art from American Collections, the workshop will help teachers prepare students for a field trip to the exhibition, develop strategies to tour the exhibition and/or design gallery activities for students, and propose ideas that reinforce the gallery experience and broaden curriculum concepts in the classroom. Although the emphasis of the workshop will be on the objects as art, teachers will be able to use these works to learn about the life and beliefs of this distant and remote culture.

The exhibit opens Aug. 31and continues through Jan. 4, 2003. The exhibition presents a survey of Egyptian art and culture from 4500 BC to the end of the Roman period and features 48 objects on loan from some of the most distinguished Egyptian collections in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. One of the underlying purposes of the exhibition is to introduce audiences in the West to important, yet rarely seen masterpieces of Egyptian art, including superb examples of painting, relief, sculpture, and the personal arts.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free each Tuesday.

For further information, please call 503/370-6855.

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