Students as Art Critics | Newberry

Students as Art Critics

Monday, January 25, 2021


The Newberry

Mark Pohlad, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

We and our world are intensely visual. Ninety percent of information that comes to the brain is visual. Sixty-five percent of the population are visual learners. Visual aids in the classroom improve learning by as much as four hundred percent. Given these realities, students should be empowered with the tools to judge and discuss visual artifacts. Visual literacy has myriad applications in the real and digital worlds and is applicable to nearly every discipline. Being critical means making well-informed, and carefully organized and articulated observations. This NTC enables participants to help students contextualize and evaluate photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. More than just art appreciation––but not dryly historical or aesthetically theoretical––this session will closely examine important and revealing objects, mainly from the Newberry and Chicago-area museum collections. Narrated PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and activities comprise this fruitful and lively session.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration.

School District Administrators

  1. Complete 2020-21 Purchase Form and email to
  2. Complete the seminar Registration Form, including all participant information and seminar selections, and email to

Individual Participants

  1. Complete 2021 Purchase Form, selecting “Tier 5,” and email to
  2. Complete the seminar Registration Form, including all seminar selections, and email to

For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for logging onto the Zoom session, will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at