“Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan” A Hands-on Workshop for K-12 Art Educators


Japan, late 19th-early 20th century, Festival kimono decorated with carp ascending a waterfall made in Akita Prefecture (detail), cloth: cotton; shibori (shape resist), The John R. Van Derlip Fund and the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation; purchase from the Thomas Murray Collection, 2019.20.84

July 7, 2022 & July 8, 2022

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day 
Offered to K-12 Educators in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Apply now for a free, in-person Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) & NCTA two-day workshop in conjunction with the upcoming Mia exhibition “Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan.” This mini-course will include a tour of the exhibition, presentations by NCTA art teachers and Japan specialists on the arts of shibori (dyeing), katazome (stenciling), the lives and clothing of Edo period firefighters, an overview of the Mia online resources, and two hands-on workshops. Participants will learn about hands-on lessons for Japanese style textiles that you can use in your classroom and will come away with some finished work and materials. 
This workshop is limited to 30 participants.  K-12 art educators will be given priority.  Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by no later than June 20, 2022. 
Travel reimbursement subsidies are available for those living more than an hour outside of Minneapolis. NCTA Travel Reimbursement Subsidies up to $500 for travel, lodging, or mileage are available for those living more than an hour outside of Minneapolis.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until June 17, 2022 or until course is filled. 
If you have any questions, please contact Sheila McGuire at smcguire@artsmia.org
To apply for this workshop, please visit the application page at: https://forms.gle/4WTexZ2k3bE9MokB6

Brenda G. Jordan 

Director of the University of Pittsburgh NCTA  

Dr. Jordan has a PhD from the University of Kansas, specializing in Tokugawa period and early Meiji Japanese art history, particularly paintings and prints. She has given presentations and written on the 19th century painter Kawanabe Kyōsai, as well as on a range of Tokugawa era topics from garden design and ikebana to the woodblock print industry and apprenticeship in per-modern Japanese art. She and her Pitt National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) team coordinate courses and programs as well as develop teaching materials for K-12 educators.


Kachina Leigh

NCTA Master Teacher 

Kachina Leigh is an artist and educator who teaches all levels of studio art with a focus on crafts and sculpture at Muhlenberg High School in Reading, Pennsylvania. She recently completed her MFA at the University of the Arts. Kachina completed her NCTA seminar work in 2009 and traveled to Japan as part of a study tour in 2010.  She maintains an independent studio at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania where she focuses on teaching a variety of textile techniques. Her work can be seen at www.kachinaleigh.com. 


Andreas Marks 

Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art 

Dr. Marks oversees Mia’s renowned collection of Japanese and Korean art. He came to Mia from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, in California, where he was the director and chief curator for five years starting in 2008. The collection doubled during his tenure and garnered a global reputation for its singular connoisseurship before coming to Mia, along with Marks, in 2013. He has a PhD from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn, Germany. 


Sheila McGuire 

Head of Student and Teacher Learning, Minneapolis Institute of Art 

Sheila has worked in museum education for more than thirty years, and is a co-seminar leader for the Minneapolis NCTA seminar, funded by the University of Pittsburgh NCTA. 


Angie Stokes

NCTA Master Teacher 

Angie Stokes teaches Studio Art and Art History at Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School in rural northwest Ohio. With a teaching background in both museum education and social studies, she looks for unique ways to incorporate history and world cultures into her lessons. Always willing to experiment with something new, Angie has most recently been working with a variety of paper-making and printmaking techniques. Angie completed her NCTA seminar work in 2013.



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