Maryhill's Newsletter for Arts Educators
Maryhill's Newsletter for Arts Educators
A Newsletter for Educators
Dear Educators,
Maryhill Museum of Art has missed the dynamics of hosting teachers, students, and visitors this year. Although we did open our doors for visitors over a few long weekends, we also worked on our online presence, making it more engaging and useful. We will continue virtual engagments long after the pandemic has left us, but we really look forward to returning to being the best place for an in-person field trip, teacher professional development, to show your artwork, and for just plain enjoyment.
Here’s to a successful 2021; we look forward with hope to the return of field trips and hugs, Museum Week and laughter, real-time experiences and excitement. In the meantime, we have learned the value of virtual and we will balance the two as we move forward together...CONNECTED.


Louise Palermo
Curator of Education 
Maryhill Museum of Art 

As we review this pause, and in an effort to be responsive to teachers and students, we ask you to take a moment to fill out a short survey. Your responses will be incredibly helpful as we move past this epoch and build a brighter future that aligns with educators’ needs. Thank you. 
Take Our Survey
Activities & Online Exhibitions 
We believe in the power of art and community to sustain us during uncertain times. Over the spring and summer, we worked hard to find ways to connect with one another. We’ve added a Maryhill@Home page to our website, designed as a launching pad to explore Maryhill exhibitions, hands-on art activities, videos, workshop recordings and more. On this page, you will easily launch into the areas that might be most useful for teacher enrichment and for student exploration. Here’s what you’ll find:
We have launched 10 online exhibitions to explore and learn more about the museum’s collections, and more are coming! These exhibitions will give you a close-up look at objects. Images are accompanied by information about the exhibitions to help contextualize them. Enjoy our rich collections and views of the world from exciting perspectives...yours!
  • Théodore Rivière: Sculpture 
  • A Particular Beauty: Romanian Folk Clothing
  • Art by Women Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment
  • Indigenous Peoples of The Dalles Region 
  • Sam Hill and The Columbia River Highway 
  • R.H. Ives Gammell and His Students
  • A Pictorial Sequence by R.H. Ives Gammell Based on The Hound of Heaven
  • Teachers As Artists: Women of Influence  
  • The Influence of Women with Aristides Atelier  
DISCOVER: Engaging Activities for the Classroom or Home
We recently re-tooled our art lesson plans to make them more descriptive, informative, and useful for teachers, student independent study, as well as families together. For educators, all lessons can be connected to state and national education standards, while parents may simply use them for inspiration on a wintry day. Learn about Rodin, portraiture, chess and ekphrastic poetry. Activities are suitable (or can be adapted) for all ages. Support for this initiative was provided by Judy A. Lackstrom and Robert E. Morrow. 

Ekphrastic poetry is part of a long tradition. It works in several ways. In one way, poetry inspires objects, and in another, objects inspire poetry. Many Greek vases are covered with artwork depicting story of the Trojan war from Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. John Keats wrote Ode on a Grecian Urn in 1819 after contracting tuberculosis. Picturing a classical Greek urn, his poem examines the close relationship between art, beauty, and truth, as well as the fragility of it all. 
The goal of the Ekphrastic Poetry Project is to create and connect inspiration to the visual works of art in Maryhill Museum’s rich collections and encourage your interpretations. 
We invite you to view objects from the museum’s collection via our online exhibitions and use them as inspiration to write or perform an original written or slam poem.  We encourage you to upload your creation to our website allowing us to share it for others to read. This is a great activity for adults and students alike!
Learn more and find upload links at:
Image above: Eanger Irving Couse, (American, 1866–1936), In the Trees (detail), c. 1898, oil on canvas, 36” x 41”; from the collection of George W. Shane Jr., Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art
This visual art community-building experience has connected artists of all ages and abilities from across the U.S. and beyond and we invite your participation!
Serendipity led brought New Jersey-based printmaker Molly Gaston Johnson to Maryhill Museum of Art last summer leading to her participation in the museum’s Surrealist inspired “exquisite corpse” activity, The Exquisite Gorge Project.  This collaboration, inspired Johnson to carry the same connections to a huge national project in this pandemic world.
“I tend to deal with my panic through action and one of the first thoughts that came to me was to create something that would help people through this crisis,” she says. “The way I do that is through art. Giving people the space to process their feelings is healthy, beautiful and important,” she says. “The project is a great document of this moment in time.” 
To learn more, and participate, click hereTo submit individual works of art, click here.  

In 2021, we will present an exhibition in Maryhill Museum of Art’s MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center of all the artwork collected from this Project. Become CONNECTED. Send your artwork soon!
Sign up for our ONLINE WORKSHOP on January 16 at 5 p.m. PST. This is a free workshop hosted by artist Molly Johnson, who will guide you in creating artwork for the Exquisitely Connected Project. Click here to register.
If you are interested in connecting your students to students from another school somewhere in the U.S., we are working with teachers from several states to share their classroom artwork from the Exquisitely Connected Project 

Your students will follow the guidelines for the Exquisitely Connected Project and these artworks will be exchanged with a school in another state. Once received, your students will create an ekphrastic poem in response to the image they receive. We will ask for a photograph of the poetry and the artwork together. The original artwork with the connecting ekphrastic poem will be returned to the original classroom so students can view the connections. Connecting and Connected! If you want to participate, email We’ll make it happen! 
Image above: Artwork by Clara Parkinson, of Hood River Valley High School for the Exquisitely Connected Project. She states: "I really like being outside so I decided to represent that. I also think that it's really important to find things that can help calm you down in these stressful times and nature is one thing that helps me a lot"
Maryhill Museum is working hard to be responsive to educators, students, and visitors. We will be developing some Virtual Tour experiences. What and how depends on your responses to our short surveyPlease take a moment to answer these ten questions. It is greatly appreciated. 

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