The Summer Teaching Institute helps teachers learn how to teach art to kids in the classroom. Three artist will teach painting, photography and cartooning and writing.

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s 2011 Summer Teaching Institute, Figurative Art as Story, Metaphor, Presence, will take place July 25 – 29 in Laramie. All kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and community educators are welcome.

Using museum exhibitions, the Ann Simpson Artmobile exhibit, Go Figure! and resources from the American Heritage Center and Coe Library, participants will explore how figurative art can inspire lessons in a variety of school and community education settings by communicating ideas and stories. Visiting artists Ricki Klages (painting), Susan Moldenhauer (photography), Chris Amend (painting, drawing) and Matt Daly (cartooning and writing) will be on hand to inspire new thinking and introduce techniques.

Studio time is included every afternoon to explore new materials. Whether educators have no studio experience or are accomplished artists, this 5-day workshop demonstrates how educators can incorporate original art into every day teaching and learning and build school and community partnerships for art education. Three credits of PTSB certification or UW Continuing Education credit are available to participants.

The cost is $150 for individuals, $125 for a first partner and $100 for any additional partners who register together. Lunch and snacks are included daily. For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact Wendy Bredehoft at (307) 766-3496 or

For additional information about the UW Art Museum call (307) 766-6622 or visit the museum’s webpage at or blog at

“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs.  The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie.  The museum and The Museum Store are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. September – November. Admission is free.