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Teacher Workshops

Saturday, April 17 + Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cross curricular programs for K-12 educators

Reconnect with your artistic side and develop new techniques and perspectives that you can take back to the classroom. Earn CEUs or one graduate workshop credit, network with other educators, and enhance your skills in digital arts, craft, design, and fine arts.

Register online by Monday, April 5


DIY Art Supplies

Saturday, April 17, 1–4pm (EST)

In this 3-hour workshop, we will review a variety of approaches and resources to begin the journey of making your own art supplies. We will review examples of artists, educators, and organizations in the field such as Nick Neddo, the Center for Art Education and Sustainability (CAES), and Kremer pigments. We will also try out some wild-crafting of our own! Course fee: $30.

Instructor: Anna Chapman

Handmade Books: Binding Techniques

Saturday, April 17 + Sunday, April 18, 9am–4pm (EST)

Join artist, Carmen Romine, for a two day virtual workshop learning the basics of bookmaking. You’ll learn the structure and anatomy of a book through a few binding techniques that incorporate soft and hard bound covers. Design the hardbound cover for an open bound stitched book and find inspiration through different materials you can include in future notebooks. Bookmaking is a great skill to have and allows you to create sketchbooks with the type of paper that you want to draw on. Course fee: $100.

Instructor: Carmen Romine

Level-Up Your Virtual Classroom

Sunday, April 18, 9am–4pm (EST)

Do you want to level-up your virtual art classroom? Participants will get a crash course on setting up a virtual classroom that utilizes both a front facing and an overhead camera simultaneously. Learn about tools and tricks that can make your virtual art classes more engaging, informative, and better looking. The class will cover a handful of different software and equipment options. Students will also learn origami throughout the day to experience the ultimate virtual set-up in action. Course fee: $50.

Instructor: James Peake

Narrative Storytelling in the Virtual Classroom

Sunday, April 18, 9am–4pm (EST)

Narrative visual storytelling (AKA comics or cartoons) can be a powerful communication tool for students using imagery and text to express complex emotions and ideas through dynamic characters, vast new worlds and original stories. In this virtual workshop, you can learn how to use this diverse visual format around specific themes for a classroom environment, either in-person or virtually. 

We will discuss and decode the creative process, from brainstorming characters, settings, themes and stories to combining words and pictures to create a dynamic experience for the audience. We will discuss how to use this storytelling format for your classes’ specific needs – whether you’re teaching language arts, visual arts, science, social studies/history, etc. Participants will create a one-page comic depicting a favorite scene from a book, short story, or original characters. Course fee: $50.

Instructor: Josh Usmani

Pattern: Off-Loom Weaving Techniques

Sunday, April 18, 9am–4pm (EST)

Weaving is the combination of two components, the warp and weft to create a pattern on the surface. In this workshop, we will weave without a loom and explore the possibilities of interlacements with linear components using recycled materials around us at home: paper, plastic and fabric. We will transform these familiar materials by manipulating them to create an interesting surface design. Workshop attendees will learn more about the language of weaving, its connection to our everyday lives, and develop an awareness of individual ideas through off-loom patterning and design concepts. Course fee: $50.

Instructor: Meagan Smith

Visual Art in Ancient North America

Saturday, April 17 + Sunday, April 18, 9am - 12pm (EST)

This virtual workshop will introduce aspects of ancient and modern Indigenous NewWorld visual culture. We will focus specifically on the Maya and Aztec peoples of Central America, examining the corpus of their material remains; sites and cities, artifacts and objects, written documents (pre- and post-contact). All this will give you a sense of cultural appreciation and understanding, a context for framing "non-western art", and a way to talk about these artistic practices with your students. We will also talk about current indigenous issues and topics that relate to the cultures we are studying. Course fee: $50.

Instructor: Elizabeth Hoag


Workshop costs do not include supplies. Educators are responsible for purchasing their own supplies, and will need access to a computer, phone, or laptop with internet connection. A syllabus and supply list will be emailed prior to the workshop date.

Educators can receive one graduate workshop credit through our partnership with Ursuline College. There is an additional research/writing assignment and $140 fee for this option. More information will be sent once we receive your completed registration. Please note the graduate workshop credit replaces the CEU certificate.

NOTE Refunds will be issued only if a workshop is cancelled, or with written notification submitted by Friday, April 9. Educators registered for a workshop which is cancelled will have the option to switch into a running workshop, or to receive a refund.

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For more information:

Jessica Howard
Continuing Education + Community Outreach Coordinator
216.421.7460 | Contact

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Gabrielle Burrage
Director of Continuing Education + Community Outreach
216.421.7493 | Contact

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