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Workshops and Professional Development

Every month, we offer a variety of professional development workshops for artists who teach. These workshops cover a variety of important topics for teaching artists, from current educational trends to logistical concerns to the more experiential learning in the Teaching Artist Studio Workshop Series.

Upcoming Workshops

At the moment, no further workshops are planned for this school year. Check back soon!

Recommended Opportunities in Portland

Thursday, June 20, 2019

NW Teaching Artist Network Annual Convening

Registration information coming soon

NW Teaching Artist Network is a network of teaching artists and professionals in the field, working together to share resources, opportunities, and best practices in order to empower each other as they bring art to our communities. Join us for a half day of peer-lead professional development and networking. All are welcome. More information coming in April.

Time: 9:00-12:30pm
Where: Oregon Ballet Theatre, 0720 SW Bancroft St, Portland

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Past 2018-19 Workshops

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care for Teaching Artists

Building on a foundation created by Trauma Informed Oregon, participants will gain a greater understanding of trauma, how it impacts behavior, and ways to recognize and respond that seek to avoid re-traumatization. We will then look at the specific opportunities and challenges that exist for Teaching Artists to work in a trauma-informed approach: How can we address the challenges? How can we embed the opportunities into arts residencies?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Deepening Inquiry: A Questioning Lab

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

How can teaching artists help students own their learning? What kinds of questions lead to rich observations and ideas, and strengthen metacognitive skills? In this workshop, we will use artworks at the museum to explore ways to structure open questions that build student engagement, provoke meaningful inquiry, and assess for understanding. Participants will learn questioning strategies and will have an opportunity to put them into practice in live time with other teaching artists.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Creativity and Core Standards

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

Where are there creative opportunities to help build skills teachers are asked to address in other content areas?
How can the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) relate to the arts? Investigate methods for incorporating these standards in your lesson design, and get tools to uncover natural connections to concepts and skills in your art discipline.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Taxes for Teaching Artists

Income tax issues for the Creative Professional. Working from a prior PowerPoint presentation, Michael Davidson and Carol Wild will discuss tax law and the implications of the TCJA [The Tax Cut and Jobs Act] for both the freelance and employed creative professional. They will cover interesting and entertaining issues not encountered by the ordinary taxpayer and address questions arising from the floor. Time at the end for a Q & A. They will NOT address specific tax issues relating to a person’s personal tax return – only questions that have application to the audience at large.

Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, 2018

Racial Inequalities in the Arts Classroom and Inclusive Arts Practices

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

This two-day workshop aims to surface structural oppressions, micro-aggressions, and eurocentrism in the context of arts education, as well as to give participants space outside the classroom to consider how they might address those occurrences in the field. We will also work to uncover ways a visiting artist can work proactively to insure that anchor texts and artworks, patterns of discourse, etc, serve and reflect all children in the room.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Classroom Management for the Teaching Artist

A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop 

Learn some tricks for managing your arts class from a someone in the classroom!
This workshop is aimed at uncovering the practical strategies a visiting artist can utilize to build community, signal for attention, harness the energy of students, and provide just the right amount of structure for students to learn. There will be a lunch break in the middle of the session.

  • The Teaching Artist Studio program is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust. 

  • This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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