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The Teaching Artist Studio

Information about the 2017-18 Teaching Artist Studio coming soon!

What is the TA Studio?

The Teaching Artist Studio (TA Studio) is a professional development program for teaching artists in Oregon and SW Washington. Because we believe that the arts are an essential component to a young person’s complete education, we offer a professional development series and workshops in the arts community to empower and embolden teaching artists. Our assumption is that if we can build the strength and capacity of our teaching artists, we will also increase the quality of their impact on students’ lives and education.
In this program, participants ranging in experience from emerging to established will dive deep into their teaching practice and examine the elements at the heart of their teaching: the what, the why, and the how. Identifying effective teaching strategies and assessment models through a combination of practice and observation will lead all participants to refine existing curriculum or to design and pilot new curriculum.

Our Values

We practice these values:

  1. Studio Mindset: a laboratory to make, explore, risk, analyze and innovate
  2. Equity: the practices of creating of an equal playing field for all
  3. Cross-disciplinary Methodology

The Teaching Artist Studio outcomes include:

  • Methods for creating clear and engaging lesson plans with specific learning outcomes and embedded assessment strategies
  • A greater capacity to address the needs of diverse learners and populations
  • Effective classroom facilitation skills that encourage rich learning environments
  • Skills to build fuller partnerships with the schools and students you work with
  • Increased awareness of and alignment to educational standards and language
  • Increased confidence in teaching artistry through investigation, practice, analysis, and communication with peers
  • The ability to collect strong documentation of student learning and growth as a result of their art experience
  • Strengthened understanding of your personal connection to the field of teaching artistry

Who Should Apply?


You should apply for the 2016-17 TA Studio if:

  • You work actively as an artist and are interested in developing the complementary skills, curiosities, and habits of mind of an educator in order to reach your students more effectively.
  • You can commit to the 2016-17 TA Studio schedule, including attendance of all workshop dates, homework assignments and small group meetings outside of class time.
  • You wish for additional strategies to gauge the impact of your work. We often hear from Teaching Artists, “I wish I knew what kids were really getting out of our work together.”  We’ll explore multiple ways of documenting and assessing the development of students’ art making and critical thinking skills.
  • You believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students in your classroom and would like to learn more tools in order to do so.
  • You want to connect with other Teaching Artists in our community for an exchange of ideas, strategies, and perspectives.

Please note that this professional development does not focus on finding work, marketing of your teaching work, or similar economic concerns; but rather emphasizes elements of quality teaching and collaboration with school partners.


Due to the generous support of private and public funders, more than 70% of the tuition costs for the TA Studio have been subsidized, and the program cost for participants this year is $250.00. Some additional scholarships (ranging from 50%-100%) are available to ensure we meet the needs of all of our communities. Please note that the amount of scholarships is limited.

DSC08937smHow do I apply?

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit an online Application form no later than 8:00 am October 3, 2016. In addition to answering these short answer and narrative questions, remember to attach the following:

  • Resume: Include artistic, teaching and work experience. Maximum two pages.
  • Sample Lesson Plan: This should be for a single lesson (not a series), and reflect your current work. Maximum three pages.

 How will participants be chosen?

Participants will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to working as a teaching artist in school settings. The length of time as a teaching artist is not as important as a clear passion for working with youth in your medium.
  • A clear interest in professional growth and development as a teaching artist.
  • Ability to attend the five-day Intensive and two TA Workshops. (see timeline below for dates)

Attention will be given to identifying a cohort of teaching artists from varied media and experience levels as well as representation from multiple arts organizations, programs and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Timeline for 2016-2017

September 6: Application cycle opens

October 3: Application cycle closes

October 10: Notification of accepted participants

Mid-November: Five days of Intensive Workshops. Topics will include Student Inquiry, Lesson Building, and Documentation of Student Learning

  • Thursday, November 10             10-4:30             TAS Intensive, Session 1
  • Friday, November 11                  10-4:30             TAS Intensive, Session 2
  • Sunday, November 13               10-4:30             TAS Intensive, Session 3
  • Thursday, November 17            10-4:30             TAS Intensive, Session 4
  • Friday, November 18                 10-4:30             TAS Intensive, Session 5

December-March: Monthly TA Workshop Series. Topics will include areas such as Arts & Equity, Place-based Learning, Facilitating Learning Environments, etc. Participants will be expected to attend two of the five workshops. Exact dates TBA.

January/February:  In-school Residencies (These are proposal-based and selection will be made at close of the fall intensive. Not all participants will teach in a school.)

Organizational Support

If you are an arts/cultural organization and would like a workshop for just your staff of teaching artists, contact us for a consultation.


Program Testimonials

“This experience was amazing! I was challenged in ways I never imagined. The skills and tools I take away will forever impact my ability and confidence as an effective teaching artist.”

“Very well organized and let to give us real skills, connect us with other TA’s, and give us confidence. Every step was modeled and explained. We participated and played and discussed.”

“Learning through community. Having multiple minds engaged helped to bring different perspectives to each of the subjects and helped me find a comfortable place with each of them.”

“The most useful thing I will take away from the program is how to approach creating a lesson. I learned not only how to be an effective teaching artist, but also how to assess and reflect upon the art making.”

“I feel like this experience helped me make the leap from teacher to teaching artist.”


Teaching Artist Studio Core Facilitators

Briana LindenBriana Linden, a Portland, Oregon native, has worked in regional non-profits since 1997 including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Art Museum, Artists Repertory Theatre and as director of Blue Sky/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts; prior to that she was a preschool teacher. Briana’s first role at Young Audiences was visioning and implementing The Right Brain Initiative.

As Programs Director for Young Audiences, Briana oversees the artists and programs that bring regional students arts-rich learning experiences. She is responsible for the evolution of existing programming, development of new programming and the evaluation of both. She also manages teaching artist and classroom teacher professional development including the Teaching Artist Studio, an inquiry-based professional development program designed for teaching artists where the creative process is front and center as artists examine and articulate what lives at the heart of how and what they teach.

Briana received her bachelor’s of fine arts with a focus on works on paper from Marylhurst University in 2005. A practicing artist, Briana works in encaustic, printmaking, drawing and photography.

DSC09642Tony Fuemmeler has worked as a teaching artist for the last 16 years. A freelance mask maker, puppeteer, and director, he uses both visual and performing arts in his practice. Tony has designed and created masks for multiple companies and productions in Portland, created works for private parties and the Rubin Museum in NYC, puppeteered for Tears of Joy and Simple Machines, and more.

Tony has also taught arts-integrated residencies for multiple grade levels in both Portland and New York City Public Schools; after-school classes for multiple arts organizations and community centers; and skills-based workshops for college students and professionals. With ETP Northwest, Tony assisted new teaching artists in developing curriculum for ACTive Voices, the high school residency program he established.

In 2013, he cofounded the Teaching Artist Studio at Young Audiences in Portland to address the needs of professional development and community in the field of teaching artistry. Tony has also taught workshops for educators at the Portland Art Museum, the Right Brain Initiative, Arts Center East, Arts Central, Lane Arts Council, and Teach For India in Pune, India.

He is a graduate of Dell’Arte International and the University of Kansas and has pursued further training with master mask makers in Bali and Italy.

Guest Facilitators include individuals from:

  • Portland Art Museum
  • Portland State University
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Individual teaching artists
  • And more!


The TA Studio is a program of Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington and is supported in part by grants from the Miller Foundation and the PGE Foundation.


Please contact Tony Fuemmeler (503-225-5900 ext. 227) or Briana Linden (503-225-5900 ext. 235) with any questions about the TA Studio or application process.