Arts to Smarts: Professional Development for Teaching Artists

Are you a teaching artist who believes art can and does change lives? Do you want to teach students who have dynamic creativity and expression? Would you like to connect with other teaching artists who care about engaging students with emotional and behavioral challenges? VSA Vermont’s Arts to Smarts project is looking for teaching artists who want to be part of this leading edge conversation and practice.

Three wooden boxes are filled in with various shapes made of brightly colored sculpey clay.  The shapes might represent little imaginary creatures or imaginative landscapes. The row of boxes has many different tiny objects in each.

Three wooden boxes are filled in with various shapes made of brightly colored sculpey clay.  The shapes might represent little imaginary creatures or imaginative landscapes. The row of boxes has many different tiny objects in each.

The Arts to Smarts Professional Development Pilot training is designed to provide both information and direct experience engaging students with severe emotional and behavioral challenges through the arts. Taught by VSA Vermont Teaching Artist, Lisa M. Condino in partnership with Sandra Limoge and other faculty from Baird School, the course will begin with 3 day-long in person intensives, arts-based activities, guest speakers, assigned readings and webinars, on-line and in person reflection followed by collaborative planning sessions and a practicum at Baird School (Howard Center) in Burlington. The course will wrap up with a final in-person meeting.

There are several ways you can connect with VSA Vermont’s Arts to Smarts Project as it continues to develop.

  1. Add your name to the Arts to Smarts e-mail list by emailing Heidi
  2. Attend a gathering of interested teaching artists; sign up by emailing Heidi
  3. Apply for the 2016 Arts to Smart training: download an application (.docx). Applications are due by 4pm on August 1, 2016.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Heidi Swevens at 802.238.5170 or heidi@vsavt.org.

Pilot Training Overview

The Arts to Smarts Professional Development Pilot training is designed to provide both information and direct experience engaging students with severe emotional and behavioral challenges through the arts. Taught by VSA Vermont Teaching Artist, Lisa M. Condino (scroll down or click for Lisa’s bio) in partnership with Sandra Limoge and other faculty from Baird School, the course will begin with 3 day-long in person intensives, arts-based activities, guest speakers, assigned readings and webinars, on-line and in person reflection followed by collaborative planning sessions and a practicum at Baird School (Howard Center) in Burlington. The course will wrap up with a final in-person meeting.

Teaching artists who are accepted for the pilot course will each receive a $700 stipend. Teaching artists can choose to use part of their stipend for tuition and receive 3 graduate level credits from St. Michael’s College, contingent upon successful completion of the pilot training course.

 

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A young boy in a t-shirt and jeans wears a handmade mask which is a shiny foil disk and a long elephant-like nose, covered in bright green folded squares that cover the disk like scales or armor.

Schedule

*Intensives and practicum will be held at Baird School (Howard Center), 1138 Pine Street, Burlington VT 05401

Saturday, September 10

9:30-12:30, break for lunch, 1:30-4:30

  • Philosophy & Intention
  • Collaboration & Facilitation
  • Intro to Universal Design for Learning
  • Identifying trauma

 

Saturday, September 24

9:30-12:30, break for lunch, 1:30-4:30

  • Arts Integration and Universal Design for Learning
  • Materials and modalities
  • De-escalation and conflict resolution

 

Saturday, October 8

9:30-12:30, break for lunch, 1:30-4:30

  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Uses of space & Building community through art
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Social skills, social thinking

 

October:  Collaborative planning sessions with Baird School teachers

November:  Teaching Artist Practicums at the Baird School

 

Saturday, December 10

9:30-2:00, includes lunch with group

  • Assessment and growth
  • Sharing of lessons and practicum

 

Lisa Condino: a woman with a freckled face framed by loosely curling brown hair and a red scarf smiles in a beam of sunlight

Lisa Condino: a woman with a freckled face framed by loosely curling brown hair and a red scarf smiles in a beam of sunlight

Lead Instructor Lisa M. Condino, BFA

Lisa Condino has twenty years of experience as a teaching artist designing and implementing programs in a variety of settings-including therapeutic- engaging students from birth to 5 through adulthood. In addition to her Fine Arts degree, she holds a certificate of Art Therapy from Northwestern University and is a trained Open Studio Project Facilitator. Lisa has been a teaching artist for VSA Vermont since 2011. During the Fall of 2013, she was juried and selected to partake in Arts Connect, a graduate course through a VSA Vermont partnership with Saint Michael’s College and several other arts organizations, on merging the Universal Design for Learning with Arts Integration. Through a partnership between VSA Vermont and Baird School (Howard Center), she has been an artist in residency collaborating with Baird teachers to integrate art into the curriculum for grades K-8 since January of 2014. In addition to her work with VSA Vermont she facilitates workshops on professional development and mentoring, including as a mentor for MiddCORE at Middlebury College, designing and facilitating workshops that develop visual thinking strategies, ideation and creativity, since 2012.