Art and History Come to Life at University Gallery Workshops for Area Schools

01/28/11

        The Hope Horn Gallery at The University of Scranton is opening its doors to area elementary, middle and high school students for educational, hands-on workshops during its upcoming exhibit, “An Ideal Subject: The Art of Jennie Brownscombe” from Friday, Feb. 4, to Friday, March. 18.

        According to Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., director of the Hope Horn Gallery, workshops can be developed a variety of ways, depending on the interests of the students and teachers.

        “Possible workshop themes include ‘Women in the Arts’ for Women’s History Month in March; ‘Interpretations of History in Art,’ as many of the artist’s works represent historical subjects; and the relationship between art and popular illustration, since many of Brownscombe’s images were commercially released as prints and calendar illustrations,” said Dr. Miller-Lanning. The hands-on portion of the workshop may include figure and gesture drawing, historically themed drawings based on journals and memoirs of famous individuals, or basic painting techniques. 

        Dr. Miller-Lanning encourages teachers to contact her to develop and schedule workshops throughout the exhibit dates. Daylong workshops allow the greatest amount of time for hands-on projects. Workshops can be arranged at times most convenient for instructors. If it is not possible to transport students to the University, Dr. Miller-Lanning also offers classroom presentations at individual schools. 

        The exhibit features the works of Brownscombe, a Honesdale native, who established a successful career as a history painter and illustrator of the late 19th century. 

        The Hope Horn Gallery was recently awarded a grant through the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture in support of the workshops. For more information, contact Dr. Miller-Lanning at millerland1@scranton.edu or by phone, 570-941-4214.


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