Join KQED, SFMOMA, the Alameda County Office of Education, local artists and educators for the Integrated Learning Summer Institute, August 13-15, 2013 at Chabot Space and Science Center. All educators are welcome to register. Plenary speakers will include Spark-featured artists Favianna Rodriguez and Rhodessa Jones. The Integrated Learning institute is like summer camp for educators, set in a beautiful, natural environment with three days full of working with arts education experts and getting inspired to integrate the arts across all subjects.
KQED and SFMOMA will be presenting a three-part workshop during the institute about storytelling and exploring identity. Educators who sign up for this special session will create their own short film using personal symbolism to create a storyline. This professional development opportunity, related to using and making media in the classroom, is a perfect way to learn best practices for incorporating art and technology into CCSS curricula.
Sign up by the end of May for $50 off the registration fee, and select "Tracing Identity through Digital Media" as one of your mini-courses. We look forward to seeing you in August!
Join us this summer, June 10-12, for a dynamic professional development institute focused on performing arts integration in the classroom. Educators will spend three days at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts working directly with professional artists to learn new skills and ideas for incorporating music, dance and theater into their curricula while addressing Common Core state standards. They will also discover new media-rich resources KQED and PBS, including a new arts video series made specifically for a student audience. Teachers can also earn a $200 stipend or two continuing education units from CSU East Bay for completion of the institute and follow-up assignments.
Artists and educators Kwesi Anku and Kweku Morgan were recently featured on KQED's new arts education video series, and they will be leading a full day of the institute. Check out their interview and then sign up for the institute by visiting http://kqedperformingarts.eventbrite.com/.
di Rosa holds the largest collection of Bay Area art in the world, which is exhibited on the grounds of a beautiful nature preserve in Napa. Offering school group tours for all levels, it's the perfect place to introduce your students to the richness of local art. On February 8th, di Rosa is hosting an Educators Open House where you are invited to learn more about the tours, and enjoy the art (and wine and cheese).
Before heading to di Rosa with your class, introduce your students to Rene di Rosa, the generous and witty collector who built his beloved collection with his wife Veronica, and later gifted it to the public. Rene di Rosa was featured on Spark and in the PBS Documentary, Smitten. Check out our Spark Educator Guide for classroom activity ideas related to collecting.
A di Rosa exhibition of Oakland artists and parts of the collection were featured in a recent Gallery Crawl episode.
Have you been to di Rosa or taken your students on a tour? Leave a comment and tell us all about it. And don't miss out on the Educators Open House, February 8 from 4-6pm.
As the new Maharaja exhibition opened at the Asian Art Museum, educators joined KQED and the museum's Teacher Program for a magical day of art, dance, and storytelling. Focusing on the work of local artist Sanjay Patel, along with countless historical gems found in the exhibition, teachers engaged with art that exemplifies "The Splendor of India's Royal Courts."
Commissioned by the museum, Patel developed his own contemporary take on the artwork of the Maharaja and Hindu mythology. A Pixar artist by day, Patel's personal artworks and books tell cultural stories through the lens of his modern, pop aesthetic. Patel was featured on KQED's Spark series in 2010. Watch the video with your students and access the accompanying educator guide on the Spark Web site, or download from iTunesU.
Besides offering dazzling opulence, the Maharaja exhibition is rich with historical context. Educators were led through the galleries by curator Qamar Adamjee, who explained what the artworks tell us about power and identity during the time of the British Raj. Teachers were also treated to storytelling by Leta Bushyhead in the galleries, and an intimate performance by Kathak dancer Rachna Nivas, who is co-director of Chhandam School of Kathak, and a member of the Spark-featured dance company founded by Pandit Chitresh Das.