Celebrate the Arts! FREE Professional Development for Teachers
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 12th! Young Audiences-Arts for Learning-Virginia celebrates another year of family-fun and partnership with the Children’s Museum of Virginia! Celebrate the Arts is an interactive day filled with performances by YAV, arts activities for all ages and other educational entertainment provided by the museum.
Teachers and executive PTA members with one child get in for FREE (with proper id) with the opportunity to sign up for an on-site Professional Development session on integrating the arts into their curriculum. To register for the Professional Development session, click here.
Norfolk High School students “Capture Dance.”
Capture Dance blends visual arts with dance and mentorship of artists at all five public high schools in Norfolk. Students work one-on-one with Hampton-based artist Asa Jackson to learn about movement and capturing movement in the human body. Asa Jackson showed the students images by Edgar Degas, Piet Modrian and Marcel Duchamp. The students also observed as Asa Jackson drew movement as dancer Sheena Jeffers performed live in the classroom. After their mentoring session, the students will travel to Todd Rosenlieb Dance to observe their professional company class while jotting down notes or images that stick in their minds. A follow-up session with Asa Jackson will complete their individual works which will be displayed at University Theater in the lobby of a Todd Rosenlieb Dance performance on June 3 and 4.
Dance. Music. Visual Art. Literacy. = Arts for Learning!
For two weeks in February, three fifth-grade classrooms at Jenkins Elementary School in Newport News, participated in Arts for Learning, a literacy curriculum that blends the creativity and discipline of the arts with learning science to support student achievement in reading and writing.
One classroom studied dance, another studied music and the third studied visual arts focusing on collage. Students worked with free-verse poetry, non-fiction texts and fiction texts to pull out key elements of storytelling to create their dances, music compositions or collages. One student sat painting his collage on Roberto Clemente, after reading a news article on him, and said, “When he crashed into the water, it was raining. I know that because it said [in the text] ‘it was pouring down.’” Arts for Learning provides students the opportunity to become investigative readers and create works of art from important details in the text. The students’ engage in teamwork, innovative thinking, creation and performance.
Inspiring Teachers Conference! July 22, 2016 @ ODU
Young Audiences-Arts for Learning-Virginia, in cooperation with Old Dominion University, prepares to launch its inaugural Teacher’s Institute on July 22, 2016. This professional development conference is an immersive, interactive experience that will help teachers explore techniques to enhance academic performance, learning, retention, motivation and more. Innovators in education, including keynote speaker and executive director of Young Audiences, Inc., David Dik, will be in attendance.
A wide range of topics will be explored, including Math Thru Dance and Teaching Diversity in the classroom. For more information or to register, visit teachthrougharts.com.
Professional Development for Hampton City School Teachers
YAV’s Arts Integration Director recently held Professional Development sessions with Hampton Public Schools focusing on art methodology in the classroom. “We had the teachers up and moving, thinking on their feet, pulling information from various texts and having to use theater, dance and music approaches to learning,” Jeffers said.
The teachers learned how to integrate different forms of art into their literacy blocks, but also learned how to draw graphic novels to break down life cycles in science. “These techniques help students visualize, personalize and commit to memory what they’re learning,” Jeffers said.
d’Art Center: New space & New Summer Camps with YAV
Join us as we congratulate one of our partners d’Art Center, on a new and exciting move. After a roller coaster of a year, D’Art Center will open its doors at 740 Duke St to patrons and visitors. “Located directly across the street from the Chrysler Art Museum and Chrysler Glass Museum, the D’Art Center is now situated in the heart of Norfolk’s NEON Arts District, providing art programs for adults and children in the winter season with professionally taught art courses, and a renewed commitment to bringing excellence in contemporary art to the region with national and regional exhibitions.”
D’Art Center’s new location is sure to bring a resurgence of life to the highly anticipated D’Art camp that D’Art center in partnership with Young Audiences-Arts for Learning-Virginia brings to local youth beginning in June. Students can learn how art historically changed the path of our communities or go toe-to-toe with Albert Einstein as they learn to draw freely on their own imagination through concepts such as momentum, force and chemistry. Stay tuned to YAV’s website, www.yav.org, for updates on the upcoming summer camps.