Monthly Archives: March 2016

Choose Your Own Path to PD

Need CEUs? Looking for some classroom or personal inspiration? Want to find a way to make it all fit into your busy personal and professional life?

The Big Picture is offering a unique experience to educators across the state to support the need for quality professional development that is easily accessible, is relevant to the classroom, and deepens connections to art. This spring we are Exploring the Concept of Place through Art  through an online course and an in-person workshop. Choose to participate by selecting the path that works for you and your needs.

Path 1: Online Course. Work at your own pace through five modules of engagement. Complete the activities within each module for credit, or simply explore the resources. Each module earns .1 credit in Art or Literacy. Course content will be available March 15–April 18, 2016.

Path 2: In-Person Workshop. Join us at the NCMA on Saturday, March 19, from 10:15 am to 4:15 pm for a workshop that will include a curator’s tour of American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals, discussion with contemporary artist Greg Lindquist, and a studio experience with artist/educator Emily Soldin Howard. Onsite workshop earns .5 CEU in Art or Literacy.

Path 3: Online Course + In-Person Workshop. Join us online and onsite to earn 1 CEU. Access to the online community will be available for five weeks.

In each of the paths, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from working artists
  • Create your own art
  • Explore works of art with Museum curators
  • Develop a portfolio of art integration strategies
  • Connect with educators from across the state.

Through this blended PD experience, educators from across the state will have access to the resources and workshops the NCMA has to offer. Both the online and onsite experiences will help educators identify intersections of art, science, history, and language arts through artist discussions, art making, gallery discussions, and other activities. Our goal is to support and promote teacher collaboration and critical reflection through this experience. Furthermore, by using new tools for distance learning, we hope to reach a broader audience and provide new modes of engagement that deepen participants’ connections with art and the content they teach.