Workshops

Arts Are Core

Arts Are Core offers year-round professional learning opportunities in arts integration for K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, arts educators, and USU students. Participants learn key skills, build networks with other educators, and develop techniques and strategies for successful arts integration in all subject areas.

AAC 2022 has been postponed till next year

Fall 2021

Blending the Arts and Indigenous Content: Lesson Plans that Transform a Classroom

ONLINE & IN PERSON | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 4:30 PM – 6 PM MST

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This workshop will be held in-person from the USU Campus in Brigham City and broadcast to the following USU regional campuses - Logan, Blanding, Salt Lake City, Price, Vernal, and Roosevelt.

Presenters: Brenda Beyal & Emily Soderborg

In 2018 the BYU ARTS Partnership launched the Native American Curriculum Initiative. The NACI seeks to expand awareness and visibility of Native American people, their history, and culture in and across educational environments.

Excerpt from NACI’s mission:

We believe this can be accomplished by uniting the skills and experiences of Tribal Nations, artists, and educators in the collaborative development of accurate, authentic, arts-integrated curriculum. In our partnership, we have gone directly to the eight federally recognized sovereign nations in Utah and asked, “What do you want the children of Utah to know about you?” From their answers, we create lessons that teach Native American content through the arts while integrating with other subjects.

This workshop will share a few of the NACI lesson plans developed in collaboration with and approved by the specific Tribal Nation represented in each lesson. Participants will leave with tools and motivation to enhance their teaching specific to visual arts and music.

Casts of Curricular Characters: Drama Integration with Math and Science

ONLINE | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 4:30 PM – 6 PM MST

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Presenter: Barry Stewart Mann

Integrating Drama with Math and Science may seem the unlikeliest of endeavors, but there are key alignments between the art form and the two core disciplines.  The characters in a story have unique characteristics and interrelationships; in a similar vein, numbers, shapes, operations, properties, elements, landforms, simple machines, and other mathematical and scientific concepts can be seen as groups of unique and interrelated characters, a 'cast' that can be brought to life through Drama.  In this workshop we will go beyond specific problem-solving to think about how a series of interconnected, very easy-to-implement Drama strategies –Sociometrics, Characterization, Hot Seat, and Improvisation – can strengthen visualization, awareness of multiple pathways, and appreciation of underlying structures and patterns that are the building blocks of Mathematical and Scientific thinking.






Spring 2022

Sound Science and Junky Jams

ONLINE | WEDNESDAY JANUARY 19, 4:30 PM - 6 PM MST

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Presenter: Jeri Crosby

Experience hands-on strategies and materials for teaching the science of sound, while learning how to demonstrate mathematical relationships through musicmaking. Learn how to guide students in creating and performing ‘junky jams’ with found and created instruments. Using simple household items, participants will learn how to facilitate musical jam sessions with their students that are both simple and engaging.

 

Ten Minute Movement Lessons I Can Do in My Classroom  (The Art of DANCE Movement for All!)

IN PERSON | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 4:30 PM - 6 PM MST
Brigham City Campus/Utah State University, Brigham City, Utah

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Presenter: Ashley Boyack
This workshop will provide classroom teachers with ten-minute creative movement ideas teachers can use with all ages K-6th grade. Workshop participants will brainstorm immediate ideas on how they can integrate movement into areas of the curriculum. Workshop participants will walk away feeling confident in providing opportunities for students to move. In applying the lessons for this workshop teachers will be able to help students to be active and engaged learners, and to provide an opportunity for students to improvise, create, and be physically active. 


 

STEAM Ahead with Bookmaking: Utah Book Arts Workshop

ONLINE | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 4:30 PM – 6 PM MST

Edith Bowen Laboratory School/USU Logan Campus, Logan, UT

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Presenters: Annie Boyer & Jazmin Gallegos

Looking for the opportunity to add an A to STEM? Or maybe some STEM to art teaching? Book Arts is a natural fit for any curriculum, combining kinesthetic learning with the joy of having made something of one’s own. A book is a flexible receptacle, a place to make one’s mark, a purveyor of thought, and is proven to last longer in a backpack than a worksheet. Join us in exploring opportunities to fulfill core standards with easy to find materials. Participants will leave the workshop with an array of samples, printed instructions, and lesson plans that support continued bookmaking in the classroom.