ArtsBuild Hosts Kennedy Center Workshops For Teachers

Monday, September 23, 2013

ArtsBuild, in conjunction with the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will host workshops for local educators led by consultant Melanie Layne Sept. 24-27. Workshops will focus on arts integration and the common core curriculum and will be held Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Barger Academy of Fine Arts at 4808 Brainerd Road.

2013 marks the 12th year of the partnership between ArtsBuild, the Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education Program. The teacher workshops are held during the school year to connect the arts to literacy instruction and the common core curriculum. The workshops include hands-on activities and model lessons with Barger Academy third grade students.

Melanie Layne is a national board certified teacher, certified reading specialist and arts integration consultant. She designs and leads workshops, in-depth courses, and summer training institutes focused on arts integration and how to integrate visual art, poetry, and portraiture throughout the K-8 curriculum. Ms. Layne is a course leader and program consultant for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program in Washington DC. As the CETA program consultant, she works with teaching artists to develop and evaluate workshops presented at the Kennedy Center.

There is no charge to the teachers or schools thanks to funding by the Tennessee General Assembly and workshops are administered in cooperation with the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For additional information, contact Rodney Van Valkenburg, director of Grants and Initiatives, 423 756-2787 or Rodney@artsbuild.com.

Workshop Schedule:

Melanie Layne, National Board Certified Teacher and Arts Integration Consultant – Washington, D. C.

Reading Portraits as Biographies and Documenting Student Work and Documenting the Power of Learning through the Arts

(Beginning Workshop)

Sept. 25 and 26: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (participants must attend both days)

Barger Academy

Workshop Description:

Portraits are often viewed as a mere depiction of a person when in actuality they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life. This workshop examines an engaging technique that teaches students to view portraits as a visual text filled with meaningful symbolism in order to make the study of people and biographies more meaningful. Reading portraits helps students activate and build background knowledge of, construct understanding of, and reflect on historical and literary figures across the curriculum.

Also, communicating what students have learned through arts-integrated instruction can be complex and challenging. How do we share the learning process or the depth of student understanding when a product or performance only shows a part of it? In this session, explore purposes, components, and formats for communicating arts-integrated instruction and student learning, and consider ways to align them to the needs of various constituencies such as school administrators and parents. Melanie Layne will share a wealth of experience and authentic examples of documentation that demonstrate student learning in a variety of art forms and subject areas.

Also this week with Melanie Layne:

Advanced Common Core Workshop for Past Participants

Sept. 24: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Barger Academy

Common Core and Fine Arts Workshop

Sept. 27: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Barger Academy



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