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June 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, summer 2008

In 2006 the Hood and a local retirement community, Kendal at Hanover, initiated a collaboration that brings people who have Alzheimer’s to the museum to view works of art.The idea was inspired by an article in the New York Times that described similar programs being offered by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Those museums and their partner organizations have found that engagement with the visual arts has a positive effect on...

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September 1, 2007

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2007

What do art and medicine have in common? One key thing is the need for wellhoned observation skills. This fact led education staff at the museum and Dartmouth Medical School faculty to work together to create a program to enhance future doctors’ observation and diagnostic skills through looking at works of art.The two-hour workshop, called The Art of Clinical Observation, is made available to medical students through the first-year “On-...

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June 1, 2007

Hood Quarterly, summer 2007

A work of art is a form of communication that employs a visual language,rather than words, to express its meaning. But can this language help students improve their critical interpretation skills? Carl Thum, director of the Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth, wanted to know, and he and Lesley Wellman, curator of education at the Hood, added the exercise of “reading” a work of art into Thum’s Writing 5 course curriculum, which is crafted to develop students’ analytical thinking,...

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February 28, 2007

Hood Quarterly, spring 2007

For more than two decades, the Hood’s weekend programs for families and children have provided opportunities for younger audiences to explore works of art in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Some events are designed for adults and children to learn about art in the galleries together, create studio projects, watch demonstrations, or participate in performances.

The Family Day taking place on April 22, Life in the Arctic, is a good example of this type of...

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January 1, 2007

Hood Quarterly, winter 2007

In the fall, the Hood made all Family Days and Teen Workshops free, adding them to the museum’s long list of programs that are also free, including lectures, gallery talks,receptions, symposia, tours, workshops, and ArtVentures. “We feel strongly that the museum and the full breadth of its programs should be fully accessible to our diverse audiences,” notes Lesley Wellman, Curator of Education.“This...

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January 1, 2007

Hood Quarterly, winter 2007

What do robots and art have in common? More than you might expect, and the significant connections between them inspired an exciting collaboration last summer among the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth, regional young people, and the Hood Museum of Art.

Each summer the Office of the Provost and the Department of Computer Science co-sponsor the Summer Robotics Program for Upper Valley Youth. Taught by visiting scholar Suzanne Thompson, Dartmouth students, and faculty...

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September 1, 2006

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2006
Lesley Wellman, Curator of Education

In many of the programs offered at the Hood, we engage visitors in the active interpretation of works of art. This engagement takes many different forms, but one that we have found works well for school children, teenagers, college students, and adults is descriptive and creative writing in response to works of art. The following poems inspired by works in the American collection demonstrate how effective this approach can be. Both poems...

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June 1, 2003

Hood Quarterly, summer 2003

Why teach children about art? Surveys conducted in the 1990s by the Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Fund at museums across the country revealed that 66 percent of adults who visited museums had done so when they were children. At the Hood Museum of Art, surveys of adult visitors revealed an even higher average of 76 percent. Clearly, childhood experience plays a significant role in shaping lifelong interests and habits, and this is one of the reasons why the Hood offers a wide array of programs for visitors under the age of eighteen.


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