Lauren Thomson

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival: A Featured Article by Teresa Love

Don’t you LOVE it when you find a hidden gem? And don’t you wonder, “why didn’t I KNOW about this?” I’m here to tell you that the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival in Orem, Utah are brilliant hidden gems for elementary school classroom teachers and arts specialists. In case you don’t know, oral storytelling is enjoying a worldwide renaissance. Tellers from all ages tell old tales, new tales, hilarious narratives, personal stories, tall tales, healing stories, and more to enthusiastic listeners. Perhaps the oldest art form, and the basis of drama, theater, literature and film, storytelling connects deeply with…

All that Jazz: A Featured Article by Rachel L. Wadham

Biographies are a great starting place to learn how to integrate social studies and art. Last year we had a great splash of outstanding biographies about jazz musicians hit the market. The early history of jazz music is sure to spark discussions about racial and gender issues in this country. Relating these topics to discussions about point of view or individuals and cultures engages students in exciting ways. Using media to show video and sound clips is another great way to connect. So jump in and enjoy! Shown Above:  Bird and Diz by Gary Golio and Ed Young (9780763666606). Blasts of…

BTS Specialists Visit New Orleans for National Art Education Association Conference: An Article by Molly Neves

An important part of the BYU ARTS Partnership is training teachers as they continue to learn and develop professionally. A few of our Beverley Taylor Sorenson visual art specialists had a wonderful opportunity to attend the 2015 National Art Education Association National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of visual art educators attend this nationwide conference every year and the experience to connect with other educators and attend a variety of sessions and workshops is invaluable. In addition to experiencing the beautiful French Quarter, world famous beignets, and delicious Cajun and Creole food, our specialists were able to listen to…

Grants You May Qualify For – Spring and Summer Deadlines

We wanted to keep you aware of grants you may qualify for to help fund your classroom endeavors with the arts. We want to specially note the Creative Leadership Grant through Crayola that is coming up quickly! Creative Leadership Grants Source: Crayola Deadline: Early Bird, June 8, 2015; regular, June 22, 2015 Amount: $2,500 + $1,000 in Crayola products Description: For schools who take creative ideas to the level of establishing a creative leadership. All early bird applications sent in before midnight June 8, 2015 will receive a Crayola classpack of Construction Paper Crayons. Details & Application: http://www.crayola.com/for-educators/ccac-landing/grant-program.aspx *Note:  Principals do…

Authentic Experiences with the Visual Arts: An Interview with Tara Carpenter

Tara Carpenter, professor in BYU’s Department of Art Education, shares her ideas on how to help future teachers integrate visual arts into their classrooms. Carpenter has taught at BYU for the past three years. She teaches art for elementary teachers (VAEDU 326). The class is designed to help pre-service teachers understand visual arts and develop their own skills. Her teaching style focuses on providing authentic experiences to teachers. She believes that if teachers have real experiences with art they will feel more motivated to teach it. This year she has done just that! Carpenter helped develop and pilot a new…

Arts at Work: Transforming Teachers, Classrooms, and Students

We recently heard from several teachers who have included the arts in their classrooms as a result of their attendance at our teacher workshop, Brigham Young University’s Arts Leadership Academy. They saw the arts at work and shared with us several transformative experiences. Here are a few of their stories: Changed as a Person; Changed as a Teacher “The BYU Arts Leadership Academy has changed my life and my teaching. I have found out who I am, what I believe, and what my gifts are. Knowing who I am has made me realize that it is ok to put a…

Feature Teacher: Kelleen Leslie

Kelleen Leslie has been teaching for seven years, exclusively in the fourth grade. She is currently teaching in Utah’s Jordan School District and serves on the district’s arts committee.  Kelleen attended the BYU ARTS Partnership’s Arts Academy her second year teaching, had a BYU Arts Bridge scholar the year after that, and attends the partnership’s ARTS Express, a two-day conference, during the summer each year. In addition, she attended a week-long teacher seminar at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. where she further enhanced her skill set in teaching with the arts. When she began teaching she wanted…

Live Artfully

The first step in getting more arts experiences to children in public schools is getting more teachers to engage in the arts themselves. Many teachers have an arts skill that they enjoy, or at least have a great memory about arts participation at some point in their life. However, teachers work hard, and it is easy to forget to take time for the things that relax and rejuvenate them. That is why, at Arts Leadership Academy, we have a philosophy of “relax, remember, and renew through the arts,” and our first learning outcome for the teachers is to increase personal…

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