Object-Based Learning in a Digital World

How does our interaction with visual and material culture contribute to the way we understand an object’s form, meaning, and broad significance? Commonly used in museum education, object-based learning capitalizes on an individual’s physical engagement with a work of art to encourage close looking, visual analysis, and help build strong descriptive and communication skills.

Participants in this gallery-based workshop will explore the usefulness of object-based learning techniques to support their diverse teaching practices. We will also consider ways to adapt these ideas to encourage more critical interactions with images and objects experienced through digital technology and in virtual environments.

Workshop Leader

Virginia B. Spivey
Dr. Virginia B. Spivey is an independent art historian and educator based near Washington DC.
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