Looking to Write, Writing to Look
was developed by the Education
department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is generously
supported by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc. Thanks to this
grant, the Museum is able to provide one free teaching resource to
every public and parochial school in Philadelphia.
We are grateful to the many colleagues within and outside the
Museum whose expertise benefited this project immensely. Marla
Shoemaker, The Kathleen C. Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education,
and Barbara Bassett, The Constance Williams Curator of Education,
School and Teacher Programs, provided thoughtful guidance and
valuable feedback throughout the development and production of
this teaching resource. Museum educators Jean Woodley and James
Stein read the text and gave helpful editorial suggestions. Lesley
Wellman, Curator of Education at the Hood Museum of Art in
Hanover, New Hampshire, shared helpful resources on looking
at art. Intern Stephanie Sherman provided a student’s perspective
on the project and brainstormed writing activities.
A number of curators at the Museum supported the project by
recommending possible objects to include, reviewing the text, and
clarifying details about the selected works of art. These curators
include Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred
Stieglitz Center; Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs
Curator of Contemporary Art; Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y.
Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles; Lloyd DeWitt,
Associate Curator of the Johnson Collection; Felice Fischer, The Luther
W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Curator of East Asian Art;
Kathleen Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American
Art, and Director of the Center for American Art; Kristina Haugland,
The Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising
Curator for the Study Room; Jack Hinton, Assistant Curator of
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture; John Ittmann, The Kathy
and Ted Fernberger Curator of Prints; Darielle Mason, The Stella
Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art; Michael Taylor, The
Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art; Yael Rice, Assistant
Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art; Joseph Rishel, The Gisela and
Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, and
Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin
Museum; Pierre Terjanian, The J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of
Arms and Armor; and Hyunsoo Woo, The Maxine and Howard Lewis
Associate Curator of Korean Art.
We are grateful to Graydon Wood, Senior Museum Photographer,
who expertly photographed several objects especially for this resource.
Members of the Editorial and Graphic Design department, including
Ruth Abrahams, Director; Amy Hewitt, Associate Editor; Barb Metzger,
Graphic Designer; and Janette Krauss, Production Manager, worked
diligently to edit, design, and produce a high-quality teaching resource.
Finally, members of our Advisory Committee, composed of classroom
teachers, school administrators, and Museum educators, provided
helpful insight and feedback. They met throughout the project’s
development to brainstorm possible objects to include, share ideas
and experiences about teaching writing, develop writing activities
based on the selected works of art, review the text, and recommend
other resources. The success of this teaching resource is in large
measure a product of their participation and dedication to the project.
Advisory Committee >>
Looking to Write, Writing to Look
is generously supported by the
Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.
Written by Rebecca Mitchell
Edited by Amy Hewitt
Designed by Barb Metzger
Production by Janette Krauss
Printed by CRW Graphics
Photographs of works of art in
the Museum’s collection are by
the Photography Studio of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Text and compilation © 2011
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Every attempt has been made
to locate the copyright holders
of the works reproduced herein.
Any omission is unintentional.