Our third program provides teachers with professional development opportunities to explore aesthetic methods of integrating arts into their classroom by offering one-day workshops year round. Since 1982, DIAE has worked with some 2,500 K-12 and pre-K teachers in classroom residencies, summer session workshops and special one-day seminars. The goals are to introduce teachers to the idea that the arts can engage students and support any academic subject, guide teachers to develop lesson plans integrated with arts activities, and to offer ongoing support throughout the year.
All workshops can be used for DOE teacher re-certification.
In the last few years, we have collaborated with School Districts to design in-service workshops during the school year for K-12 Visual Arts, Music, English and Social Studies teachers. Recent workshops include:
- Robert Straight: Strategy and Structure
- A look into the creative process of the visual artist Robert Straight.
- Music of the Women’s Sekere Ensemble
- Ways to connect the music of the Yoruba people with their history.
- Day of the Dead and 3-D masks
- Fresh approaches to teaching “the Day of the Dead” through mask making and print making.
- Graphic Novels
- Exploring the art of the graphic novel and its applications in the classroom.
- Afghan Jazz Music
- Exploring the creative process of bringing two seemingly disparate cultures together within a single work of art.