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2015 Montana Teaching Artist Weekend

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Montana Teaching Artist Weekend Hosted by the Montana Arts Council and the Holter Museum of Art, Helena

Friday, April 17 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

A professional development and networking opportunity for teaching artists serving schools and communities across Montana.

Teaching artists fill a critical need for arts education for learners young and old in the Big Sky. Join the Montana Arts Council and Holter Museum of Art for a professional development opportunity that will help you sharpen your skills as an artist, educator and advocate for high-quality arts education for all Montana students. This opportunity is open to professional teaching artists of all disciplines who provide hands-on learning experiences in school, after school, and in non-traditional learning environments.

The weekend includes an opening keynote by David Spear of A VOICE, and a plenary workshop on the Arts and Cognition by 2011 Alaska State Teacher of the Year Lorrie Heagy. The weekend will also feature workshops on the Arts and Healthcare, and expanding your online presence. An Open Space session will also be included—an opportunity for teaching artists to suggest their own topic for brainstorming and discussion. Plus, plenty of networking, great conversation and fun.

For a full agenda and information on how to register, visit the Big Sky Arts Education blog here.


Art is the River
The Rectangle Book: Often Less Is More
Independent Contractor; To Be or Not to Be

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Art is the River – with Marina Weatherly

Providing specific Indian Education for All content and context with arts education can offer an exciting, rigorous, meaningful and productive learning experience for Montana’s teachers and students. The arts provide a circular, connecting river, giving the students a vehicle and opportunity to gain an appreciation of other cultures and to make and personally express vital connections with their own culture, identity, place and human experience.

Click here for Part 1 (10:52)

Click here for Part 2 (9:06)

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You can download the information mentioned in the video below. All files are PDF's.

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The Rectangle Book: Often Less Is More – with Darwin Nordin

Crafting meaningful art making experiences for students is a matter of leaving room for discovery. Sequencing a series of teaching and learning moments that pose questions and present challenges with no 'single right answer' is at the heart of what I do as a teaching artist. A seemingly simple lesson allowing adequate time for students to explore possibilities – to tinker and play with materials, combined with plenty of time for meaningful sharing of the artwork created are the ingredients for an empowering creative experience. The following video clips step you through The Rectangle Book a simple yet rich lesson that I never grow tired of presenting. I think you will see how this simple lesson can lead to a variety of explorations in art as well as other disciplines. Enjoy.

Click here for Part 1 – Creating the Structure (14:00)

Click here for Part 2 – Creating Content and Sharing Work (20:37)

Click here for Part 3 – Final Thoughts (5:19)

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A more formal learning plan of this lesson is available in the PDF below

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Independent Contractor – To Be or Not to Be – a conversation with Carleen Layne, Accountant, Montana Arts Council

As a teaching artist have you wondered why a school or organization asks you for proof of your workers comp exemption or why they deduct money from your fee? Carleen has some of the answers for you in this video. Click here to view the video. (11:15)

You can download the information mentioned in the video below. All files are PDF's.