FYE Instructors

The Benton is offering the following two workshops for FYE this semester:

Rites of Passage
Through October 13: This workshop takes two Mende Helmet masks in the Benton’s special Arts of Africa exhibition as the jumping-off point for a wide-ranging discussion of initiation and rites of passage. Before class, students read a brief text about rites of passage in African societies and watch a short video that introduces the masks. The text and video inform a guided discussion in the museum based on observation of the masks. As part of the discussion, students will be asked to reflect on rites of passage in their own lives, including the transition to college. Souvenirs d’Afrique: Arts of Africa from the Collection of Janine and Josef Gugler is on view through October 13.

Critical Looking
Looking at art is about more than recognizing a canon of artists and styles. In fact, analyzing a work of art builds many of the same skills associated with critical thinking. The Benton’s Critical Looking workshop shows students how to tap their powers of observation and investigate a work of art through close looking and discussion. The workshop is designed to help prepare students for the UNIV Critical Reflection assignment and is offered all semester.

Both workshops take place in the Benton galleries and lasts approximately 50 minutes. Use the request form on our website to schedule a workshop. Contact Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, at amanda.douberley@uconn.edu or 860-486-1705, for more information.