Workshops and Professional Development » Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Workshops and Professional Development

Every month, we offer a variety of professional development opportunities that aim to address both parts of the teaching artist experience: artmaking and education. These events cover a variety of important topics for teaching artists, from current educational trends to logistical and health concerns, to the ongoing practice of engaging every student in the room.

  • Events marked PLC refer to professional learning communities, which have teaching artists engaging in a given topic in a peer education format.
  • Teaching Artist Studio workshops are a part of a year-long program series of experiential workshops which are also available to the public.
  • Upcoming Workshops

    November 2019

    Sunday, November 24, 2019

    Racial Inequalities in the Arts Classroom and Inclusive Arts Practices

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Register by 5pm Friday, November 15! Click here to begin

    This workshop aims to surface structural oppressions, micro-aggressions, and power dynamics in the context of arts education, as well as to give participants space outside the classroom to consider how they might address those occurrences when they happen in the field. We will look at the history of patterns of racism and exclusion in Portland and Oregon and work to name and interrupt inequities in the classroom, and other environments. This workshop focuses on a radical, grassroots perspective, rather than a white-centered or top-down perspective. An outline of activities is available on request, and the presenter can be reached for questions at workshops@ya-or.org.

    Workshop leader: Vo Vo, Impact NW.

    TIME: 11am–4pm. Doors open at 10:45.
    LOCATION: Portland Playhouse Studio, 602 NE Prescott.
    COST: $20 for general public. Free to TA Studio 19-20 Cohort and YA Roster. Limit 30 participants.

    December 2019

    Saturday, December 7, 2019

    Aligning Activities and Ages

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Register by 5pm December 2. Click here to begin

    Why do my students never get through this activity? How can I translate my expertise in young children to middle schoolers? Why is no one focused??
    Explore the relationship of developmental stages in a child’s life to the way they interact with various prompts and activities in an arts classroom, and find pathways to translating what works in your art form for different levels of learners.

    Workshop leaders: Tony Fuemmeler and Briana Linden, with Maia McCarthy.

    TIME: 12pm–4pm. Doors open at 11:30am.
    LOCATION: Portland Playhouse Studio, 602 NE Prescott.
    COST: $20 for general public. Free to TA Studio 19-20 Cohort and YA Roster. Limit 24 participants.

    January 2020

    DATE TBA

    Taxes and Finances for the Independent Contractor

    More information coming soon! Please check back later

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Creativity and Core Standards

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Registration is not yet open for this 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.

    Workshop leader: Briana Linden.

    TIME: Half-day, hours TBA
    LOCATION: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave
    COST: $20 for general public. Free to TA Studio 19-20 Cohort and YA Roster. Limit 24 participants.

    February 2020

    Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Deepening Inquiry: A Questioning Lab

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Registration is not yet open for this 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.

    Workshop leaders: Tony Fuemmeler and Briana Linden.

    TIME: Half-day, hours TBA
    LOCATION: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave
    COST: $20 for general public. Free to TA Studio 19-20 Cohort and YA Roster. Limit 24 participants.

    March 2020

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Trauma-Informed Care for Teaching Artists 201

    Registration is not yet open for this workshop.

    A deeper dive into topics covered in the 101 workshop. Please note this workshop requires previous completion of the Trauma-Informed Care for Teaching Artists at YA.

    Workshop leader: Maia McCarthy.

    TIME: 9am –1pm. Doors open at 8:30am.
    LOCATION: Young Audiences, 1220 SW Morrsion, 10th Floor.
    COST: $20 for general public. Free to YA Roster. Limit 16 participants

    April 2020

    DATE TBA

    Depth vs Breadth: Adding the Arts to STEM

    More information coming soon! Please check back later

    May 2020

    DATE TBA

    Self Care for Makers and Teachers

    More information coming soon! Please check back later

    Past 19-20 Workshops

    Monday, November 11, 2019

    Teaching Multilingual Learners

    This half-day workshop “clinic” will provide teaching artists with information they can use to make alterations to their lesson planning, assessments, and/or facilitation style to better reach students who are still learning English. The workshop will include a history of strategies of working with multilingual students, interactive work, and application time for integrating best practices and strategies.

    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    Classroom Management for the Teaching Artist

    A Teaching Artist Studio Workshop

    Grow your confidence in managing your arts class with hands on tools and tips from a classroom teacher! This workshop will be serving up practical strategies a visiting artist can use to build community, increase student engagement, signal for attention, partner with the classroom teacher and provide just the right amount of structure for students to learn and feel supported.

    Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019

    PLC: Optimizing In-School Performances

    What are key components to a highly engaged in-school performance? What are the important elements to consider in designing the performance, communicating with schools, and follow up? Are there areas of consistent difficulty? How can teaching artists support the “how” of each other’s work while maintaining the richness of their individual programs?

    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Trauma-Informed Care for Teaching Artists 101

    In this introductory training participants will learn about complex trauma, its relationship to systemic oppression, and impacts on health and behaviors. They will examine how trauma is expressed through behaviors in order to begin to recognize and respond to people in ways that resist re-traumatization. While the information has a wide reach, it’s structured to focus on working with the K-12 public school population as a guest artist.

  • The Teaching Artist Studio is a project 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 www.arts.gov.

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