Engaging Students Through Art

Faculty Collaborations with Sheldon Museum of Art

December 1, 2020

Looking at, discussing, and analyzing works of art helps students in all fields apply concepts they are learning in the classroom, explore multiple perspectives, and think and see critically. Participants in this workshop learned about the Sheldon Museum of Art and how to incorporate art and/or the museum to further teaching goals. Sheldon staff discussed the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and other resources, as well as ways they have collaborated with faculty to design learning experiences tailored to their curricular needs. Three faculty members shared how—and why—they have incorporated Sheldon into their own classes and how their students have benefited from engagement with art. The last 30 minutes of the session included an opportunity to workshop ideas for including art into Spring 2021 or future courses.

This workshop is for everyone, but especially those seeking to help develop students’ critical thinking and visual literacy skills, explore multiple perspectives, approach course material from a different point of view, introduce students to an important resource on campus, get out of the classroom, and/or see and experience something new.


  • Erin Hanas, Curator of Academic Engagement, Sheldon Museum of Art
  • Jackie Spackman, Assistant Curator of Engagement, Sheldon Museum of Art


  • Katie Anania, Assistant Professor of Art History
  • Courtney Hillebrecht, Samuel Clark Waugh Professor of International Relations, Director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Faculty Coordinator of the William H. Thompson Learning Community, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Valerie Jones, Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations

Post-Workshop Archive