RMCAD Hosts Professional Development Day for Art Educators

6:15 AM to 1:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug 14th to Wednesday, Aug 14th

RMCAD is partnering with the Jefferson County Public School District to host Professional Development Day for art educators. The event takes place on the RMCAD campus on Wednesday, August 14th from 8:15am-3:30pm. Participants are able to earn their Professional Development credits by engaging in workshops coordinated by Shannon May, Visual Arts Coordinator for Jeffco Schools, and RMCAD faculty.

Participants will partake in two workshops, ice breaker activities, and a lecture. The following has been confirmed, with additional options to come:

  • Lecture: "Bringing the Art Standards into Everyday Language of the Everyday Classroom for the Everyday Child" by Anne Thulson
    Anne Thulson teaches art education at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has taught art with K-8 students for 12 years at The Odyssey School in Denver, Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, and at the School of the Poetic City in Denver. She has an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Besides teaching kids, she practices her own site-responsive art in Denver. Her art and teaching work is documented at www.annethulson.com.
  • Lecture: “Ideas from TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior)” by Dale Zalmstra
    Dale Zalmstra is an elementary art teacher in the Cherry Creek School District. She runs a choice-based, TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior), classroom and has presented in numerous settings about what she has learned through that experience. She has focused on understanding the Certification and is very involved in working with ArtSource, Theory Loves Practice, and facilitating TAB meetings, creative process and how to facilitate for it.
  • Workshop: “The Possibilities in Handmade Paper; Paper Casting, Sheet Forming and Paper Sculpture ” by Sarah Scott
    Learn a variety of handmade papermaking techniques in this brief overview of recycled papermaking, sheet forming, paper casting and paper sculpture. This workshop demystifies the K-12 grade level expectations of the Colorado Visual Art Standards. Participants will observe models, unravel their own puzzles, and share their experiences of using the standards in their curriculum and assessment. The workshop will center on real models of student work and real stories from teachers, rather than lengthy, abstract language about the standards.
  • Workshop: ”Build a Verb” presented by RMCAD Outreach Ambassadors
    This workshop provides an interactive opportunity to take any "verb" to a new level using minimal materials available to participants. This will help creatively prep students for those SATs while having fun! The challenging and fun exercise is led by RMCADs very own Outreach Ambassadors, whose goal is to help bring resources to your classroom.
  • Workshop: “Wet Felting: Soapy. Squishy. Therapeutic” by Theresa Clowes
    While kids in 21st century can do extraordinary things on a computer or tablet, they still desperately need time to get their hands wet and dirty. Wet Felting is a fantastic process for all ages. The rhythm of manipulating soap, roving, and water instantly slows the pace of a class, reconnecting students to their senses, as they become mesmerized by the fibers slowly melding into a solid structure. Theresa Clowes is Chair of the Art Education Department at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. She holds a B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Prior to RMCAD, Theresa was a Senior Instructor at Colorado Academy teaching K-12 Art for 10 years. In addition to teaching, she is a professional artist who has been exploring the properties of textiles for more than 20 years.
  • Workshop: “Incorporating AC and DC-Powered Gadgets into your Art” by Rebecca Vaughan
    Learn how to wire-up your artworks with lights and motors; hack into found appliances and gadgets; investigate the concepts revealed through the kind of switches that you use... should it be a motion sensor or a big old rusty steampunk lever? Also learn about how to strip wire, crimp terminals and use barrier strips. Participants will come home with an AC or DC wired gadget of their own making. Rebecca Vaughan has exhibited sculptural installations, mixed media relational and conceptual projects in the Colorado region, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico and Canada. Ms. Vaughan has also received state grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Ohio Arts Council. Ms. Vaughan is the Chair of Fine Arts at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and Resource Artist-in-Residence at Redline. Visit www.rebeccavaughan.com for more information.

Additional options will be announced soon.

As the workshops may involve unpleasant odors or color transfer, participants should consider wearing comfortable clothes that may get dirty throughout the day. Registration includes lunch, snacks, materials and facilitation by RMCAD faculty.

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