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

Jan 31, 2011

        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 or by phone, 570-941-4214.

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