Artist in the Classroom Workshops offer the opportunity to learn the history and techniques of a particular art form through a hands-on process. Workshops generally have a maximum of 25 students per class, allowing for individual attention from a professional artist in a relaxed, comfortable environment. This format encourages creative and innovative thinking, increases confidence and self-esteem, and teaches respect for the artist and one’s peers.
Curriculum Connections for workshops include:
Artist in the Classroom Workshops are fun and engaging and studies show that being an active participant in the Arts has a positive effect on children’s ability to learn in all areas of study - translating to higher academic achievement. Classroom workshops allow for safe risk-taking, trying without fear of failure and turning mistakes into works of art. Many workshops expose students to new, rich vocabulary and unique ideas or concepts. Others permit students to discover themselves and communicate their thoughts and feelings in a non-verbal form.
A workshop day normally consists of 4 classes with up to 25 students per class (with some exceptions). They are available as one-day introductory programs or longer, in-depth residencies.
Many workshops are appropriate for adults. Lifelong Learners enjoy acquiring new skills and the social aspect of workshops. Employers find that the arts are excellent vehicles for teambuilding, encouraging innovative thought, and employee moral. Participation in the Arts also provides benefits to health and wellness.
Workshops are also excellent Family or Community Programs, such as a parent-child program, grandparent-grandchild class, library art series or camp programs.