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Workshops — Arts Are Core: One World, Many Makers

Thursday, August 1, 2019
8:00 am–4:00 pm
Edith Bowen Laboratory School—Utah State University 

materials for art
assembling artwork
dancing in a group
group work

 

KEYNOTE—Learning Through the Arts:  Why Education Needs the Arts

Keynote Speaker: Mary Ann Lee

If through education we intend to provide children with richer and fuller lives and with the tools to live in a rapidly changing world, then enlightened pedagogy must include the integration of arts in all facets of learning. Although the arts will continue as long as the human spirit lives and are not dependent on the educational system, in the high tech world of the twenty-first century, the educational system may very well be dependent on the arts. What those of us who teach the arts know and what current cognitive research validates is that “students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform and understand in different ways.” Because the arts share many of the same elements among themselves and with other subject areas, they are more significant when everything is learned in tandem.

This keynote address will begin and end with moving. It will examine why the arts, with an emphasis on dance, are significant in education and why art forms should be taught with other disciplines. Mary Ann will provide examples of integrated arts experiences for several age levels and describe how one begins with the essence of an idea and through the creative process makes connections in the arts and other curriculum areas.

Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration (K-6)

Presenter: Judy Thibalt Klevins

So what is arts integration? This session unpacks the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration and gives you the opportunity to uncover the characteristics of quality integration. In addition, the session includes your participation in an arts-integration lesson connecting puppetry and character analysis. Participants will examine how arts-integration instruction aligns with current learning principles and best practice. Come prepared to create in this hands-on workshop.
 

Engaging and Accommodating Students with Diverse Needs through the Arts (K-6)

Presenter: Jonathan Hale

Come and add a few adaptive tools to your teaching tool box! This session will present a variety of adaptive tools and strategies for providing students with diverse physical abilities access to visual arts integration projects. Learn strategies for engaging and supporting students with various cognitive levels and diverse psychological experiences. In this session, you will also learn how to restructure a lesson to accommodate for the diverse student needs in your classroom. Come and be part of the experience and the conversation!

Telling Your Story, Drama Workshop (K-2)

Presenter: Laura Reina

This hands-on workshop will allow participants to step into the character of many makers who all collaborate to form ‘One World’.  We will study the story of many characters by discovering ways to use drama to help students understand perspective, sequence, problem, and resolution.  We will participate in and learn drama activities that engage students in narrative and story-telling.  Come prepared to step outside the box, and maybe your comfort zone, and step into a new story.  

Telling Your Story, Drama Workshop (3-6)

Presenter: Laura Reina

This hands-on workshop will allow participants to step into the character of many makers who all collaborate to form ‘One World’.  We will study the story of many characters by discovering ways to use drama to help students understand perspective, sequence, problem, and resolution.  We will participate in and learn drama activities that engage students in narrative and story-telling.  Come prepared to step outside the box, and maybe your comfort zone, and step into a new story.  

Mapping the Standards (K-6)

Presenter: Laura Reina

As classroom teachers, we are required to deliver the core standards, a feat often accomplished through a cohesive curriculum map.  Often those maps are full of math, reading, science, and social studies but leave little room for the arts.  This interactive workshop will help you to understand the fine arts standards and make connections to your grade level curriculum map.  We will make sense of the expectations and find ways to incorporate music, movement, visual arts, and drama into your everyday teaching through one cohesive map. 

Finding Your Voice, Music Workshop (K-2)

Presenter: Jill DeVilbiss

In this session, teachers will explore how to integrate music to help students find their own voice. Through exploring other voices from around the world, teachers will learn how to lead students to notice the music around them and create their own song. Teachers will also create their own song and share their own voice during this workshop.

Finding Your Voice, Music Workshop (3-6)

Presenter: Jill DeVilbiss

In this session, teachers will explore how to integrate music to help students find their own voice. Through exploring other voices from around the world, teachers will learn how to lead students to notice the music around them and create their own song. Teachers will also create their own song and share their own voice during this workshop.

Making Connections, Visual Art Workshop (K-2)

Presenter: Lisa Saunderson

Looking closely, you never know what you might find! In this workshop, teachers will create expressive self-portraits integrated with the core curriculum. We all discover and learn when we take the time to look closely.  In this workshop, teachers will incorporate how making these connections creates a deeper understanding of people and place. We will use Visual Thinking Strategies requiring us to observe, share, and reflect. This process will help inform artistic choices in exploring ways to show what we know through art.

Making Connections, Visual Art Workshop (3-6)

Presenter: Lisa Saunderson

Looking closely, you never know what you might find! In this workshop, teachers will create expressive self-portraits integrated with the core curriculum. We all discover and learn when we take the time to look closely.  In this workshop, teachers will incorporate how making these connections creates a deeper understanding of people and place. We will use Visual Thinking Strategies requiring us to observe, share, and reflect. This process will help inform artistic choices in exploring ways to show what we know through art.

Cultivating Creativity through Visual Journaling (K-6)

Presenter: Emily Bird

Recent theories state that creativity is a combination of the cognitive intellect and emotional intelligence. In this workshop, we will learn how creativity is cultivated through classroom activities and through students' observation and experience outside the classroom. Visual journaling enables students to reflect on experience and observation while expressing emotions or feelings. We will discuss techniques to engage the students, ideas for encouraging creativity in setting up the classroom, and using these techniques to integrate core standards and create simple visual journals.

Making Your Move, Movement Workshop (K-2)

Presenter: Analisa Smith

In this actively moving session teachers will explore how to integrate movement to help students Move and Learn!  Movement stimulates the growth of new neurons, and increases levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins that support emotional well being and rejuvenate brain activity.  Teachers will learn how to invite and lead students through active creative movement.  This process will foster creativity and tap into our brain-boosting, cognitive-enhancing World, as we are One World with Many Makers.  Come Move with us to improve our memory and show what we know through movement!

Everywhere, Wonder, Movement Workshop (3-6)

Presenter: Mary Ann Lee

This workshop will explore the elements of dance and science using the rainforest as a springboard for learning, exploring, investigating, and creating. The lesson will include a creative writing segment and participants will build a rainforest dance based on the movements of a symphony.