RAFFMA workshop uses art to improve critical thinking, writing


RAFFMA, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino, will host a writing workshop for high school students that will utilize artwork on display at the museum, as well as digital images of artworks, as a Writing_MP900341542starting point for practicing and strengthening critical thinking and improving writing skills.

The six-week workshop will take place on Thursday evenings, Jan. 24-Feb. 28, from 5:30-7 p.m., at RAFFMA. The writing exercises and assignments, to be taught by Jerry Tivey, will take place in and out of the classroom with instructor and peer critiques in class.

Workshop cost is $30, and space is limited. Registration forms will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be downloaded from the museum website or picked up at the museum front desk.

Students under 18 must have written consent from their parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact RAFFMA’s education and outreach coordinator Paige Taylor at (909) 537-7783 or ptaylor@csusb.edu.

Tivey has been teaching English and journalism at Cajon High School in San Bernardino for more than 20 years. Teaching International Baccalaureate English, he has National Board Certification in English. Tivey also coaches girls softball and has coached boys basketball.

He was named San Bernardino County Coach of the Year three times and California State Softball Coach of the Year in 2009. He earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in sociology from UC Riverside.

He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of La Verne. The February issue of California Teachers Association Magazine will feature Tivey in an article about reading activities and class strategies to stimulate interest in reading.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington D.C.-based  organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation. Over its 16-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $5 per vehicle. The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.