Arts Educators who teach at every level, from kindergarten through high school, attended the Monmouth Festival of the Arts 18th Annual Educators Symposium on April 7, 2014, held at the Middletown Arts Center in Middletown, NJ. A 2010 winner of the Governor’s Award in Arts Education, the symposium is part of the Monmouth Arts Festival’s commitment to promoting the highest standards in art education and to furthering the professional development of arts educators.
Jenifer Simon, Arts Horizons Interim Co-Executive Director, and Teaching Artist Molly Gaston Johnson delivered the keynote address for the event with an exciting presentation that highlighted their collaborative project, “Table Talk” funded by the New Jersey Recovery Fund. Jenifer and Molly discussed how the project engaged communities in civic discourse and healing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy by placing collaboratively designed, handmade tables throughout Asbury Park, NJ for public use. The audience of creative arts educators then brainstormed ideas on how they could adapt the Table Talk concept in their school or classroom. Check out www.njtabletalk.org for more information!
After the keynote, participants attended a variety of workshops throughout the day led by several Arts Horizons Teaching Artists, including:
Yako Prodis, a Brooklyn based teaching artist who taught participants about the art form of Graffiti and the scope of its influence. Participants practiced lettering styles, characters, and visual concepts of Graffiti.
Cathy Lecleire, aTi Instructor, gave a workshop on pop-up books, teaching the basic structures of pop-ups through a variety of constructions. Cathy will be teaching Book Arts at aTi-North and South this summer. Register for one of her classes and check out all the others offered at this summer’s Artist/Teacher Institute!
Molly Johnson showed participants how to bring silk screening into the classroom through low-tech silkscreen techniques using screen filler for stenciling and embroidery hoops to stretch the screen.
aTi Instructor Ken Leap gave a hands-on workshop about the world of glass, providing information about adding glass techniques to the art curriculum. Participants learned how to repurpose their old ceramic or enameling kiln to fire glass paints and make exciting fused glass projects.
Thanks to Gayle Horvath for including Arts Horizons in this fantastic event! For more information on how you can bring a professional development workshop to your school, contact Jenifer Simon at email@example.com.