LITTLETON — Two workshops for classroom and special education teachers, arts educators, administrators, paraprofessionals, teaching artists and all those interested in promoting creativity in youth will be presented by teaching artist Lisa Condino at Littleton High School.
“Using the Creative Process to Engage All Learners” will be offered on Wednesday, August 1, and “Making Your Classroom a Creative Studio” on Thursday, August 2. The workshops may be taken individually or as companion sessions. Both workshops run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and participants are welcome to attend one or both. The workshops are free to all SAU #84 educators.
In the August 1 session Condino will introduce ways to make multiple modalities — visual art as well as movement, video and music — available to support personalized learning, creative expression and demonstration of knowledge for K-12 students.
Discussion will include how to make space in curriculum for students to use the creative process to synthesize, process and personalize their learning, and how to support the creativity and innovative capacity of students of all abilities. No previous arts experience of any kind is necessary.
Participants in the August 2 workshop will learn how to “flip” their classroom into a creative studio that is inclusive to all learners. The discussion will address questions like “What type of basic materials kit do I need to use visual art, creative movement or drama in my room?” “What adaptations can I make to my classroom that can turn it into a gallery space?” “How do I do this work with little or no budget?” Even teachers whose comfort zone doesn’t include the arts will learn how to provide their students with the opportunity to explore personal creative capacity.
Condino is a juried graduate of Arts Connect, a program that concentrates on merging Universal Design for Learning with arts integration. For the past five years she has served as artist-in-residence at the Howard Center, Baird School, a therapeutic school for highly reactive and reluctant learners. She is a longtime mentor in the TA & Mentoring Program of VSA Vermont and a fellow of the national Community Engagement Lab.
The workshops are offered by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Littleton High School and are part of a series of Arts in Inclusive Learning professional development programs presented across the state this summer by the Arts Alliance and VSA NH under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts. The interactive workshops are all based on principles of Universal Design for Learning, which address the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities and other learning challenges.
Condino will also present the “Using the Creative Process to Engage All Learners” workshop on July 31 at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord.
“Summer is a great time for teachers to think deeply and creatively about their work, and to find new ways to reach all the children in their classrooms,” said Frumie Selchen of the Arts Alliance. “We hope to see people from all over the state at these programs.”
Please register at www.aannh.org. Workshop fees are $45 for “Using the Creative Process” and $35 for “Making Your Classroom a Creative Studio”; cost for both is $60. Discounts are available for Arts Alliance members (both schools and individuals), members of a school district team and college students. There is no charge for SAU#84 educators.
Professional development credits are offered, and partial scholarships are available as needed. No one who is interested in the workshops will be turned away; please contact the Arts Alliance if the fee is a hardship.