Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ringling Museum of Art Educator Institute 2008

After a very successful 2007 program, we are happy to announce extended programming in summer 2008! Join us for a multi-day experience this summer during one of our two sessions:

Session One: June 16 – 18
Session Two: June 23 – 25

Come together to refresh your teaching techniques, explore artistic methods and renew your spirit! Learn how The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art can be an ongoing source of curriculum for your classes, and learn practical, usable skills for your classroom. You’ll also gain an understanding of art and academic integration, and find new ways to incorporate reading, writing, and visual arts into any classroom.

These sessions are most beneficial for teachers of the Visual Arts – drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and other similar disciplines will find this most useful. Academic teachers, especially those who want to do more art-making, learn how to use museum resources, and be creatively inspired, are invited to join, too!

This year's program focuses on the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Art. Each day, you will engage in gallery activities and hands-on trials of lesson plans. We will engage in painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, and more - providing techniques that can go directly intoyour classroom.

Highlights include:
Exploration time in the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, The Tibbals Learning Center and Cà d’Zan Mansion

Materials and tours of the special exhibitions, Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence and Ringling Retro: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection

Tickets to a film or performance in the Historic Asolo Theater
Time for journaling and reflection

Hands-on workshops each day, focusing on a different media and academic connection

Syd Solomon, Silent World, 1961, Liquitex on gesso panelFrom the upcoming exhibition, Ringling Retro: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection

Call 941-358-3180 to register today!(Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Registration period ends June 1, 2008

Cost: $90 per person

Fee includes:- Three full days of programming- All art materials- Reference binder- Admission to all venues- Tickets to one evening performance- Lunch each day
Program Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily-

Programming ends at approximately 3:00 p.m., with 2 hours free time. - Performance is on the Monday evening, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. - You must enroll for the entire session; partial enrollments are not accepted.

Credits 15 hours in-service credit awarded at the close of day 3.

Location: The Educator Institute 2008 will be held entirely at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. All days begin and end in the Education and Conservation Building. Directions sent via email once registered.

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