Upcoming Opportunities

  • Making Sense of Cultural Appropriation: What is Multiculturalism in the 21st Century?

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/15/2020 at 7:00 PM (EST)

    Today more than ever, multicultural education is a must for the success of students. However, in our quest to expose students to diverse cultures, the line between exposure to multicultural awareness and inadvertently leading students to inappropriately use iconographies of other cultures in their artwork can be a challenge to navigate. Join us for an exploration of the impact of cultural appropriation in the classroom and how it can dissuade students from wanting to learn about other cultures. Learn how using the strategy of conceptual pedagogy can train students and teachers to reach out for different ideas, learn about the origins of these ideas, analyze them, and come up with ways these ideas can inspire new thinking.

  • Building a Ceramics Program on a Low Budget: Creative Solutions for All Grade Levels

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/12/2020 at 7:00 PM (EST)

    Make your next clay unit a breeze (and an outstanding learning experience)! Explore curriculum and resources for utilizing the medium of clay to its fullest in your visual arts classroom. Leave this webinar with fresh ideas and creative tips for clay projects for all grade levels, materials, glaze usage and alternatives, using a kiln or air-drying clay, clay recycling, and storage.

  • Working with Students Dealing with Trauma and Crisis: Stories from Art Teacher Survivors

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/11/2020 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    Research tells us that traumatic events are external, but they quickly become incorporated into the mind (Terr, 1990) and the body (Van der Kolk, 1991). In recent years, students have been affected by a variety of traumatic events—from high-profile school shootings to weather-related events, including fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes, to the opiate crisis and personal traumas. As art instructors, we are faced daily with students experiencing what might be the biggest fight of their lives. Two educators will relate stories of their own recent traumatic experiences and their efforts to help their students and families.

  • Valuing Student Diversity: Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Visual Arts Classroom

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/22/2020 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    It is evident that growing diversity has had a significant impact on education in urban, rural, and suburban areas. Research and practice continues to demonstrate the need for strong teacher in-service and preservice programs to connect home, school, and community with culturally-relevant or culturally-responsive teaching strategies. This approach will not only expose students to diverse curriculum and best teaching practices but can encourage them to remain focused, become invested in what is happening, and actually step onto the road of academic success and social achievement. During this webinar, you will learn from examples of culturally responsive art instructional strategies, happening in K-16 environments. As the field of (art) education endeavors to become a culturally, socially and racially equitable system, educators often need a space to support their own developing professionalism around these issues. The aim of the presenters is to provide that space.

  • Successful Inclusion of Special Needs Students: Effective Mainstreaming for the Visual Arts Classroom

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 05/13/2020 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    Different teaching strategies are necessary for students with learning disabilities. However, all students can benefit from quality instruction that comes with the careful planning that goes into preparing these lessons. What does differentiated instruction actually look like for students with learning disabilities? Delve into support for the needs of students with language-based learning disabilities; processing and memory retention issues; cognitive impairments; attention deficit disorders; social/emotional challenges; and struggles with executive functioning. See concrete examples of what differentiated instruction looks like in high school digital art, photography, ceramics, and sculpture classrooms in order to connect with and meaningfully engage all learners, in a way that can be applied across grade levels and artistic media.

  • Folk Arts: Culture, Community, and Classroom

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 06/10/2020 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    How can art educators assist students in appreciating what makes the place where they live special? Discover how the folk arts are uniquely suited to explore how traditional art forms reflect the history, aesthetics, geography, and values of different cultures and communities. Art educators and folklorists Doug Blandy and Paddy Bowman will introduce participants to strategies and resources for integrating local folk arts into art education curricula associated with schools, museums, and community arts centers.