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2013-14 Year in Review: Arts Leadership Academy

Brigham Young University’s Arts Leadership Academy convenes for 10 days each school year to help elementary school teachers build basic skills in dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts.  Participants gain the ability to bring the arts into their classrooms and provide students with arts experiences as well as deepen learning through arts integration, thus integrating the arts into all curriculum content areas.  Enjoy these pictures of our 2013–2014 class, presenters, and performers! Scott Flox helps teachers with their still life backgrounds. Cindy Clark shares thoughts and evaluations of works of art at the Kimball Art Center in Park City.…

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…

2013-2014 Year in Review: Arts Bridge

Teachers who participate in BYU’s Arts Leadership Academy are subsequently invited to participate in the BYU Arts Bridge program. In Arts Bridge each participating teacher is paired with an arts scholar (a BYU student from one of the arts education programs), who works with the teacher to implement instruction in one art form and to integrate and infuse that art form into the classroom.  Each BYU arts scholar kept a blog that cataloged their activities and lesson plans with their classes. Here are some of our favorite ones to check out:  Lisa Moncur–Drama Scholar http://lisamoncurartsbridge1.blogspot.com/ Tyrel Hanby–Visual Art Scholar http://artsbridgequest.blogspot.com/ Kyla Threfall–Dance…

Spice it Up: Simultaneously Teach Writing, Character, and Art

Today’s post is from our 2014 Arts Express Session by Mary Favro, Character Education Specialist This lesson idea is to teach the core concept of compare and contrast. It recommends that teachers start by discussing works of art and continue by discussing character implications. Throughout this lesson, students will learn to compare and contrast, feel naturally motivated to write, understand stereotyping, and learn more about art and about themselves. Start with Visuals To teach the concept of comparing and contrasting, begin by analyzing two visual images. The images used for this lesson are of African American men holding or playing…

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