visual art component of the Academy explores art from the perspective of
production, history, criticism, and aesthetics. Instructors, whose
work has influenced current educational practice and theory, come from
around the country to provide stimulating and practical instruction. In
addition to the visual art sessions, all participants attend
performances, musings, special events and other activities.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2013 Tennessee Arts Academy.
Elementary/Lower Middle School
Participants will attend each workshop for two consecutive days and a summary session for both workshops on Friday morning.
Instructor: Denise Ertler
Clay and Glaze Techniques
This interactive, hands-on workshop is dedicated to clay and glaze techniques that focus on teaching texture and design in the classroom. The first session will be spent designing and constructing multiple one-of-a-kind “no fail” clay projects. Focus will be on the way clay works in the classroom and will include demonstrations and suggestions. An assortment of stamps and molds will be available. The second day integrates fired glaze applications to both clay and bisque. Stencils, textures, and specialized mediums will be used. The workshop sessions will end with a discussion on firing procedures, firing process, and maintenance.
Instructor: Peggy Flores
Exploring Multiple Media Experiences to Create Great Classroom Lessons
These fun-filled, hands-on sessions will explore basic art elements and principles by using a variety of media to create art ideas and projects for elementary and middle school classroom use. Participants will sculpt with foil and paper; create paper molas, drawings, and paintings; and explore still-life composition techniques. Paint, papers, pencil, and crayon will be used to explore patterns and textures. Simple classroom and supply management strategies will be shared.
Innovations in Idea Building and Art Generation
Instructor: Nicole Brisco
This interactive workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the practice of “idea” in art making. Participants will learn how to approach concept-based art and use creative idea generation as a foundation for exceptional student art practices. Using contemporary art, literature, and mind mapping, participants will develop engaging strategies to guide students as well as strengthen their own personal art practices. Using mixed media, participants will develop art that inspires ideas in both 2D and 3D art programs. They will return to their classrooms with art samples, innovative lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and strategies for creating exceptional student work.
Portrait² and Castle-ness
Instructor: David Christiana
David Christiana will lead participants in two workshops during the Academy week. The primary objective of the Portrait² workshop is to decode and re-purpose an image by translating the language of a photograph into individually expressive, yet harmonious, voices. This will be accomplished by exploding (visually, not literally) a photographic portrait and assembling the pieces together as a team. The Castle-ness workshop challenges participants to extrapolate the essence of something, such as a castle, without resorting to cliché or overtly literal translations. The premise is that when people are genuinely personal in their explanations, instead of trying to please everybody, they are more likely to connect with their audience.