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Summer Arts Institute 2012
After the success of the 2011 Arts Institute for K-8 teachers, the County Office of Education held a second Arts Institute this past summer. Over 30 teachers and teaching artists attended a week that was full of hands-on art activities led by master arts teachers, as well as seminar-style discussions. Participants took classes in one or two disciplines from a menu of: performing arts (dance and theater), visual art (at two levels, beginners and more experienced), music, and integrated arts. In the integrated arts class, participants created both the illustrations and text to make an original book.
Although participants focused on their preferred art forms, they got a tiny ‘taster’ of art disciplines which were less familiar to them – the movement piece on the video involved everyone, whether or not they were in the performing arts group. The Arts Institute will include follow-up work throughout the year. The group will meet again mid-October to continue their journey of exploration and learning. Last year this professional development directly impacted several hundred students and helped elementary teachers infuse arts into their classrooms in new and exciting ways. We look forward to seeing the creative offshoots of this year's training. The COE is committed to developing sustainable arts in elementary schools and the Arts Institute is one pathway to this goal.
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