Teachers Explore Integrating Arts into the Curriculum Jan. 30

January 21st, 2010 by Adam

Photo: Brittany Irish of Thornton under the ETC Big Top.

PLYMOUTH, N.H.— Elementary and secondary school teachers are invited to participate in the 15th annual Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) Integrated Arts Conference, Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

This one-day event offers professional development and continuing education workshops where arts educators and artists learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into their curriculum, based on the theme of this year’s ETC production, Godspell.

The daylong program begins with registration at 8 a.m. followed by a welcome and keynote address at 8:20 a.m. The keynote speaker is Master Teaching Artist Nancy Meyer of the Wolf Trap Institute and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga.

Plymouth State’s professional theatre troupe, TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) will perform Green TIGER at 8:45 a.m., a new production that teaches children to respect and nurture the environment.

Workshop Sessions are 9:30–10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch with live jazz is provided from 12:30–1:30 p.m. and the program culminates with a 2 p.m. performance of Godspell.

The $125 registration fee includes admission to all conference workshops and events, a staff development certificate, lunch, refreshments, a teacher resource book and a ticket to Godspell. Districts sending four or more teachers receive a discount.

The 2010 ETC Integrated Arts Conference is presented in association with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.
Staff development and graduate credit are available.

Call Deb Stalnaker at (603) 535-2933 for information or to register by telephone. Online registration is available at http://www.plymouth.edu/etc/iac/index.html.

The following workshops will explore themes and ideas found in the circus, the setting for ETC’s production of Godspell.

Under the Big Top: Arts Education in the Center Ring

Marcia McCaffrey, N.H. Department of Education

Catherine O’Brian, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Shawn Maureen Powers, arts education consultant; adjunct faculty, PSU

Frumie Selchen, executive director, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire

Cynthia Vascak, chair, PSU Department of Art; coordinator, PSU MAT in Art

Discover what’s going on under the big top of arts education in this session where panelists will present a variety of perspectives on the current arts scene.

Clowns of All Kinds, Coming Together

Elizabeth Peterson, music teacher and consultant, author of “Inspired by Listening.”

How the different personalities in your classrooms come together through listening, composing and performing experiences in music. No musical background necessary.

Take a Ringside Seat: Arts Integration at the High School Level

Bow High School teachers Paul Bourgelais, world music integration;
Richard Hedrick, visual arts;
Derek DeAngelis, humanities

Explore how a group of educators has successfully integrated the arts into their high school curriculum. Topics include units on Africa, Japan, Latin America, Indonesia, the Middle East, and more.

Hanging from the High Wire: Puppetry in the Classroom

Mary Earick, assistant professor of early childhood education, PSU.

Simple marionette construction for the classroom tied to the N.H. state curriculum. All materials will be provided.

Circus in the Classroom

Jim Gleich, professional clown and juggler

Participants will have opportunities to try a variety of simple circus skills. Juggling is an excellent way to invigorate your kinesthetic and visual-spatial intelligence.

ETC information is online at www.plymouth.edu/etc.

Contact Trish Lindberg, M.Ed. in Integrated Arts program coordinator and ETC artistic director for information about graduate study in integrated arts at PSU at (603) 535-2647.

Information about events at the Silver Center is available online at http://silver.plymouth.edu.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.