The arts provide a safe and responsible pathway to creative thinking and action. When applied to every day life, they stimulate unique solutions and contribute to good citizenry.

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Art acts as an intermediary for students to actively learn relevancy and develop skills to aesthetically express their ideas, within the workshop context.
Workshops function as a workout for core subjects in the real world.
The combined elements of the workshop method has a synergistic effect.

TIME FRAME:

Workshops range from 2 to 5 days of classroom time.

AGE RANGE:

The workshop format works well with students 11 years of age and older, as well as adults. We suggest schools begin with a workshop program in this age range. The program has worked successfully with classes as young as grade four and we can offer coaching to schools on how to make adjustments to the workshop structure for younger children's learning needs. Workshops build natural mentors in responsible project creation and having your senior group initiated in the process creates a built in support system within your learning environment.

WORKSHOP ACTION PLAN

*Liaison with school staff and artist interface, analyse curriculum opportunities and goals for the entire program.
*Artists provide and discuss their teaching plan with the classroom teachers.
*Teachers introduce the project to participating students. Students may be involved choosing the workshop focus as part of the integration and self-directive process component.
*Artists and Teachers team up, plan the best use of the working space and align teaching strategies.
*Artists' introduction: understanding artistic language, tools, materials, art history and cultural perspectives.
*Focus exercises for large and small groups.
*Group work: idea development/planning and discussions
*Demonstrations: skills and technical solutions/ problem solving and consultations
*Implementation and application of skills. Artwork completed. Evaluation.
*Community/Gallery presentation. Follow-up

BEHIND THE SCENES

*Community organisational structures and liaison, program funding, continuity and artist-school interface.
*Artists on our roster are trained in an integral process with cohesive teaching methods aimed at facilitating the workshop program goals. (see goals and objectives)
*Artists and Teachers match-up and chose projects.
*Funds allocated for materials, tools, art supplies and equipment are organised.
*Parents and community volunteers are organized where needed.

WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS SAY?

TEACHER'S FEEDBACK:

"Students became increasingly comfortable with expressing themselves. They were taken with how different it was from things they had done before."
"In fact, on Day 2, the school buses were cancelled and all 33 of my students had parents drive them to school for fear of missing instruction."
"They learned as much about working in groups as they did about art and were honest in communicating their feelings and reflections. They learned a lot of practical math skills translating their sketches onto canvas."

ARTIST'S FEEDBACK:

"The pace got quite lively with many great ideas as the students moved to develop the symbols they needed to make their pieces work."
"The class persevered and finished the sketches of their murals, communicating with each other and making decisions in their groups."
"They really enjoyed learning from a professional artist. It was a unique experience."

STUDENT'S EVALUATIONS:

"I learned that there is always more than one way to do things."
"Art doesn't have to be perfect to be good."
"Art takes time and I actually have patience."
"It exposes grade 8's to the world of art, helping us make lifelong decisions."
"We got to make up our own thing."
"We were learning and having fun at the same time."
"We learned the do's and don'ts of group work."
"Making art is at least 10 X's harder than I thought."
"I learned that you should always make a plan before starting anything. The preparation time gave us time to think of different ways to give the message. Planning helped us paint in the right order."
"It will let me expand my abilities."

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