Ohio Kennedy Center Partners in Education
As a national leader in arts-based education and policy, the John F. Kennedy Center is committed to developing and delivering high quality, arts integrated educational programming for teachers, schools and arts organizations. In 2005, I was selected as one of 25 Ohio artists (across the disciplines of visual art, dance, music and drama) to attend the Kennedy Center Artists as Educators training workshops: "Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers" and "Presenting Effective Workshops for Teachers." As a result, all of my Professional Development Workshops for Teachers program offerings are fully integrated (visual art and academic subject area) Learning Activities. Fully integrated Learning Activities are those in which two academic content areas are taught 50% / 50%, and the learning activities are intertwined and cannot be delivered separately. Integrated learning activities also incorporate multiple learning styles (i.e., Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences) and opportunities for higher level (vs. rote) learning and thinking strategies (Bloom’s Taxonomy). These teaching strategies, which I use in developing and delivering workshops, help both children and adults to discover how they can become “co-creators of meaning,” (Karen Erikson, Creative Directions, www.creativedirections.org), thus empowering them on their life long journeys of learning.
While the academic areas I work with include Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Life Skills, it is the area of English Language Arts that I personally love to integrate with Visual Art. Words—stories, poetry, thoughts---are such powerful instigators of creativity, and it brings me great joy to share these experiences with children and adults!
“The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel,
they must reach into their poetic capabilities to find the words that will do the job.”
~ Elliot Eisner, Professor of Education and Art,