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DANCE

Creative Movement

Grades: K-12 / Adult

kay-braden
About the Artist (Boise, ID):

“I am always fascinated with the possibilities in movement and the individual uniqueness of the moving body. I am drawn to the expressive potential inherent in motion. A professional dancer, a child in play – the common goal is the inner self, and the enrichment of he physical/emotional ability to feel confidence, excellence and joy.”

Kay is a freelance teacher and choreographer (MFA Modern Dance). She has taught throughout the United States and currently lives in Boise, ID. She has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the Texas Commission for the Arts. Kay is on the roster for the Idaho Commission on the Arts for their Arts in Education Program. She has recently joined ArtsEast. She has independently produced her own work as well as designed numerous workshops on all aspects of dance. She has taught all ages and levels of experience.

Her residencies are designed to work with teachers and their classroom agenda, as well as to expose students to dance as an art form and the creative process within.

Residency Objectives:
To teach fundamentals of dance/creative movement. To provide a grid for self-awareness, physical expression, and creative challenges through the exploration of space, time, rhythm, dynamics, line and design.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Community and teacher in-service demonstration of the dance process.

Facilities and Supplies:
Open space, functioning CD player.

Material Costs:
None.

Connection to other Subjects:
Math, English, Social Sciences, Physical Education, Art, and Music.

International Folk Dance & Cultural Diversity

Grades: K-12, Adult

carol-newman

About the Artist:
Carol has a Bachelor of Science in Child Development & Family Studies. “I have traveled, studied and performed international folk dance in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, learning about people of diverse cultures and their most vital concerns: relationships, rites of passage, religion, nature, work, food, and shelter. I have extensive training in dance of all kinds since the age of five. Since 1965, I have taught folk dance to all ages; she has been an artist-in-residence since 1981. I use movement, music, storytelling and humor to excite imagination and curiosity, to plant seeds of tolerance, and to stimulate awareness, appreciation and respect for the ways people in all cultures express themselves through dance, music, crafts and clothing.”

Residency Objectives:
To introduce dance as a joyful, non-competitive, easily accessible means of personal expression, social interaction and universal communication. Through Dance, to foster self-confidence, cooperation, coordination, grace and interest in diverse cultures, rhythms, music.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Advance introductory packet and follow-up packet. Community and teacher in-service folk dance. How to create an International/Multi-cultural Festival workshop.

Facilities and Supplies:
Large open space, reliable audiocassette/CD player, large world map or globe, slide projector (if relevant).

Material Costs:
No additional costs.

Connection to other Subjects:
Math, English, Social Sciences, Physical Education, Music.

Dance & Movement; Limited Availability

Grades: K-12, Adult

patricia-sandlin

About the Artist:
Artist has background working with dance teams and is currently the Eastern Oregon University dance team advisor. Patricia has her own dance studio in La Grande where she teaches nearly 100 students.

Residency Objectives:
Students will perform varied activities through games and exercise that highlights the concepts of movement. They will develop an understanding of various techniques and vocabulary used in dance forms. They will participate in warm-up exercises to prepare the body for dance and movement. They will learn specific choreographed dances in preparation for a final dance showcase at the end of the residency.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Artist is available for community master class in the following areas: Creative dance: Age 3-Adult, Jazz dance: Age 5-Adult, Ballet: Age 7-Adult, Modern dance: Age 7-Adult, and Hip hop: Age 9-Adult.

Facilities and Supplies:
Large gym-type room, preferably not concrete or carpet. Wood is best! Space must be free of furniture, desks, etc. Need an electrical outlet for music source. Need adequate lighting.

Material Costs:
No additional costs.

Connection to other Subjects:
Dance is connected to many academic subjects such as theater and literature through storytelling through movement, math through its use of counting and physical formations that are part of a choreographed piece, science through dance’s expression of our natural surroundings and examination of human anatomy through movement.

Ballet Folklórico- traditional Mexican folk dance

Grades: k-5

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About the Artist:
Victoria Snow Mountain is the Director of Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, a Mexican folk dance troupe located in the Medford area of Southern Oregon. She was raised in Southern California where she studied Spanish and was introduced to the dance traditions of Ballet Folklórico. Ms. Mountain has a B.A. degree in Psychology and Community Service from the University of California Santa Cruz and also earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in Education and Spanish from Southern Oregon University. She taught English Second Language (ESL) and Spanish at South Medford High School. It was there that the Ballet Folklórico troupe began that evolved into the community non-profit Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre. Ms. Mountain has directed Ritmo Alegre and taught dance classes since 1995. She has attended 13 annual conferences of the regional Ballet Folklórico network, Danzantes Unidos, located in California, and is a member of the national folklorico association, Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos (ANGF). Ms. Mountain is bilingual in English/Spanish and has traveled extensively in Mexico to explore folkloric traditions. Her philosophy is echoed in the Ritmo Alegre mission to empower youth through dance and to serve as cultural ambassadors to create cultural bridges uniting the community.

Residency Objectives:
Dance classes and costume/art project will be simplified for the younger ages. Each class will learn a different dance, tailored to the typical coordination skills of their age. Across the classes, dances from 2 or more Mexican regions will be taught to provide variety in the final performance. Younger ages will have more game oriented dance instruction and simple dance and costume project; older ages will be introduced to more advanced dance steps and choreography and will have a little more involved costume project.

Staff and Community Offerings:
I would like to see the residency end with a chance for each class to present their dance to either the school or parents and community. This could be by means of a school assembly or an after school parent meeting or other event. Each class would need a short time to prepare before performing- to make sure girls’ hair and simple make up are correctly done and to put on skirts and other costume details for girls and hats, vests and other costume details for boys.

I can offer a 1-2 hour community workshop on how to make the double circle skirt used for many of the regional dances. If a length of fabric is provided (10 yards), I can demonstrate how to cut out and put together a skirt and will provide written instructions for skirt making (available in English or Spanish). Materials- fabric, scissors, iron, sewing machine.

I can also offer a 1-2 hour community workshop on resources for costume, music and dances for a variety of Mexican regions. This would be an overview of typical regions danced, sample music, sample costumes, and resources for obtaining in depth information and resources in order to teach and perform additional dances.

Facilities and Supplies:
$1.50 per child per project. This covers photocopies of  academic materials such as maps, regional information, and dance concepts. It also covers materials for each student to make a simple hairpiece (girls) or bandana or hat (boys).

Connection to other Subjects:
This residency connects to the disciplines of geography (students learn about  Mexican regional geography) and social studies (students learn about Mexican folk culture- costume, music, traditions and Mexican ethnic groups- Spanish, Indian and mixed, called Mestizo.)

Visit Victoria Snow Mountain at her Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre website.

African Drumming & Dance

Grades K-12, Adult

alseny-yansane

About the Artist:
Since age seven, Alseny Yansane has been immersed in the musical and dance tradition of his native country, Guinea, West Africa. Alseny trained and performed in many competitions as a dancer, drummer, and acrobat in the dawning of the Republic’s newly won independence from France. Historically, this was a time when art and cultural appreciation and cultivation were at an all-time high and the training that artists received was rigorous and systematic. Artists had to compete on a national level annually as a way of moving up to higher levels of artistic status. These competitions were held in the heart of Alseny’s neighborhood and attracted groups from all over Guinea who represented specific art and culture from various regions and ethnic groups.

This has given Alseny a wealth of knowledge about the history and cultural diversity behind Guinean performance arts, a solid artistic foundation, and a strong drive for excellence. Alseny has worked with some of Guinea’s most reputable performance groups, including Kemoko Sano’s Ballet Merveilles and Jean Macuely’s Ballet Sanke. In 1993, Alseny was recruited to join the most prestigious of all the national groups, the world-renowned Ballets Africains. Chosen to tour with them several times, Alseny has dazzled audiences all over the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Morocco.

Alseny’s dance style is powerful, yet graceful. His movements have amazing precision and extension. He has brought crowds of spectators to their feet with his fancy acrobatics and lifting techniques. As a drummer, Alseny has incredible stamina, projection of sound and stage presence. As a cultural ambassador, he has a wide understanding of the rhythms from each geographical region of Guinea and has brought new songs and musical arrangements to the Pacific Northwest. Alseny is also a wonderful teacher who is energetic, inspiring, and fun. He knows how to make West African dance and drumming accessible to a variety of levels by breaking things down and being patient and encouraging. His joy and passion for his work fires up students of all ages and backgrounds.

He is co-founder of Won Tan Nara Productions and the West African Cultural Arts Institute who offers diverse educational programming, events, performances, presentations as well as cultural and artistic exchanges programs to Guinea.

Music Residency Objectives
Come explore the vibrancy of West African culture through the study of traditional West African poly-rhythms with Alseny Yansane, dynamic teacher and fourteen year member of the world renowned touring company, Ballets Africains of Guinea. Residencies offer authentic drumming, other percussion, and singing instruction from a source artist with a wealth of experience and information. Learn traditional rhythms along with their cultural significance and history as well as proper hand positions, clarity of notes, and sound projection. Students will improve upon their steadiness, speed, and drumming endurance as well as receive a deeper understanding of the wealth and diversity of West African culture.

Dance Residency Objectives

Explore the rich culture of West Africa through the authentic dance instruction of ALSENY YANSANE. Students will experience sheer joy expressing themselves in this dance form which is aerobic and inspiring while learning the elements of West African dance, basic choreography, and spatial awareness. Participants will develop personal dance styles in a friendly and nurturing environment while learning cultural sensitivity and inclusion. Residency can be designed with a student performance as a culminating event.

Staff and Community Offerings:
IIn School Residencies with/without Culminating Event, Interactive Assembly Programs,Teacher Trainings and Teacher In Service Days

Facilities and Supplies:
Gym or other large space to set up drums for students.

Material Costs:
$100 fee per residency for use of authentic Guinean Instruments.

Connection to other Subjects:
Music, History & Culture, Physical Education, Language Arts,  Math.

Visit ALSENY YANSANE’s website.

MUSIC

String Program (Fiddles)

Grades K-6

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About the Artist:
Kelly Thibodeaux is a professional fiddler from Louisiana with over 35 years of playing experience.  He has performed throughout the United States and Canada and had an appearance at the 2002 National Fiddle Festival in Hawthorne, Australia.  He is the founder and front man for the swamp rock band “Etouffee” and has written, recorded, and published 8 CD’s of original music.  Two of Kelly Thibodeaux’s recordings, “Alphonse come in for Dinner” and “Louisiana Lament” were included in the PBS series “American Passages-Regional Realism” broadcast in March of 2003.

As a teaching artist Kelly has over 15 years experience conducting fiddle workshops, after school programs, and artist in residence programs and specializes in teaching large groups (25 to 30 plus students K-12) in short order how to play one of the world’s oldest and most powerful instruments, the violin.

Residency Description & Objectives:
This is an amazing string teaching program/residency designed for an entire school, with the objective of students acquiring, in a very short period of time, enough basic skills on the violin (fiddle) to be able to solo perform a 3-chord fiddle tune with guitar accompaniment provided by the instructor.  In addition students will learn enough technique to produce sound effects to musically illustrate a short folk story narrated by the instructor.

This program is for students K-12, with kindergarten students participating in an abbreviated version of the program.  A minimum of four 45 minute consecutive sessions per class (25 to 30 plus students) is recommended, with the 4th session serving as a recital performed for attending parents and students.  Fiddles are supplied for every student by the artist.

The curriculum for this residency incorporates basic state criteria for music education in its curriculum: rhythm, timing, and dynamics.  However, it goes much further by including historical and cultural information on the instrument itself as well as the cultural perspectives of the music.  Louisiana culture, with its rich and colorful heritage, provides the material and anecdotes utilized in explaining and understanding the music presented in the program.  In addition, students participating in this activity experience increased achievement and improved self esteem.  This program also encourages greater parent participation along with a corresponding enhanced sense of community, as there is great pride to be derived from musical abilities.

Staff and Community Offerings:
I can offer a pre-residency workshop for teachers, parents, and volunteers so that they may assist and encourage their children or students in this creative endeavor. Or; the above people may simply participate from day one with the residency and offer assistance as they acquire their skills.

Facilities and Supplies:
Generally, all that is needed is a large room located in such a way as to not disturb any others with enough chairs for everyone. Kelly will supply all of the fiddles (sizes 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4).

Connection to other Subjects:
Music, History, Math, and culture.

Website: To view a short documentary on Kelly’s residency program, visit his website and click on “Fiddle Workshops.”

Rhythmquest: Dance & Music

Grades K-12, Adult, special populations

carol-lindsay

About the Artist:
(Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education) Carol has enjoyed sharing Rhythm-Quest teaching and residencies for students of all ages since 1995. “My love of music, movement and Africa inspired me to study with several Addy family musicians and dancers from Ghana, West Africa. She continues to perform with Sonkofa and other musical groups.

Residency Objectives:
Students will become personally aware of the meaning of dance from their own activities and thus form a connection to the meaning of dance for others. They will experience the moves and feel the messages in the movements. They will grow to understand the connection between the drum rhytms and dance and conversations. They will be involved with creating the choreography necessary to present what they have learned in a performance.

Staff and Community Offerings:

Community/teacher in-service of drum and dance lessons, focusing on rhythm and dance for everyday life and classroom use.

Facilities and Supplies:
Large, flat, resilient floor area (not tile or cement) where people can move. Secure storage space for drums.

Material Costs:
$50.00 drum maintenance fee per week.

Connection to other Subjects:
PE, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies.

African Drumming & Dance

Grades K-12, Adult

alseny-yansane

About the Artist:
Since age seven, Alseny Yansane has been immersed in the musical and dance tradition of his native country, Guinea, West Africa. Alseny trained and performed in many competitions as a dancer, drummer, and acrobat in the dawning of the Republic’s newly won independence from France. Historically, this was a time when art and cultural appreciation and cultivation were at an all-time high and the training that artists received was rigorous and systematic. Artists had to compete on a national level annually as a way of moving up to higher levels of artistic status. These competitions were held in the heart of Alseny’s neighborhood and attracted groups from all over Guinea who represented specific art and culture from various regions and ethnic groups.

This has given Alseny a wealth of knowledge about the history and cultural diversity behind Guinean performance arts, a solid artistic foundation, and a strong drive for excellence. Alseny has worked with some of Guinea’s most reputable performance groups, including Kemoko Sano’s Ballet Merveilles and Jean Macuely’s Ballet Sanke. In 1993, Alseny was recruited to join the most prestigious of all the national groups, the world-renowned Ballets Africains. Chosen to tour with them several times, Alseny has dazzled audiences all over the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Morocco.

Alseny’s dance style is powerful, yet graceful. His movements have amazing precision and extension. He has brought crowds of spectators to their feet with his fancy acrobatics and lifting techniques. As a drummer, Alseny has incredible stamina, projection of sound and stage presence. As a cultural ambassador, he has a wide understanding of the rhythms from each geographical region of Guinea and has brought new songs and musical arrangements to the Pacific Northwest. Alseny is also a wonderful teacher who is energetic, inspiring, and fun. He knows how to make West African dance and drumming accessible to a variety of levels by breaking things down and being patient and encouraging. His joy and passion for his work fires up students of all ages and backgrounds.

He is co-founder of Won Tan Nara Productions and the West African Cultural Arts Institute who offers diverse educational programming, events, performances, presentations as well as cultural and artistic exchanges programs to Guinea.

Music Residency Objectives
Come explore the vibrancy of West African culture through the study of traditional West African poly-rhythms with Alseny Yansane, dynamic teacher and fourteen year member of the world renowned touring company, Ballets Africains of Guinea. Residencies offer authentic drumming, other percussion, and singing instruction from a source artist with a wealth of experience and information. Learn traditional rhythms along with their cultural significance and history as well as proper hand positions, clarity of notes, and sound projection. Students will improve upon their steadiness, speed, and drumming endurance as well as receive a deeper understanding of the wealth and diversity of West African culture.

Dance Residency Objectives

Explore the rich culture of West Africa through the authentic dance instruction of ALSENY YANSANE. Students will experience sheer joy expressing themselves in this dance form which is aerobic and inspiring while learning the elements of West African dance, basic choreography, and spatial awareness. Participants will develop personal dance styles in a friendly and nurturing environment while learning cultural sensitivity and inclusion. Residency can be designed with a student performance as a culminating event.

Staff and Community Offerings:
IIn School Residencies with/without Culminating Event, Interactive Assembly Programs,Teacher Trainings and Teacher In Service Days

Facilities and Supplies:
Gym or other large space to set up drums for students.

Material Costs:
$100 fee per residency for use of authentic Guinean Instruments.

Connection to other Subjects:
Music, History & Culture, Physical Education, Language Arts,  Math.

Visit ALSENY YANSANE’s website.

THEATRE

Mime, Clown

Grades K-12, Adult

albert-alter

About the Artist:
Albert has toured internationally performing and teaching mime, physical comedy and clown in the United States, Canada and Japan. He toured with Ringling Bros.& Barnum and Bailey Circus as a clown and was the co-founder of Portland Mime Theater. He enjoys working with students of all ages and has vast experience in the classroom. All his residencies can be tailored to grades K-12. Each residency is tailored to the school’s specific needs, desires and goals.

Residency Objectives:
Albert helps residency participants learn about the art form, its history, its role in our culture, and how we use it in our daily lives. He especially wants students to learn the skills and art form so they can incorporate those skills into performances.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Albert is available to do community demonstrations, workshops, performances and teacher trainings.

Facilities and Supplies:
Open space without furniture is essential.

Material Costs:
There will be additional costs if the school wants students to wear make-up. Mask residency: $0.75-$3.00. Rental fee for juggling: $6.00.

Connection to other Subjects:
Physical Education, Science, ESL, Reading and Writing.

References:
Christine Caton, Young Audiences: 503-225-5900 Angel Ocasico, Vancouver SD: 350-260-3557.

VISUAL ARTS

Creative Clay Explorations

Grades: 4-12, Adult

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About the Artist:
Jack currently maintains a studio in Joseph, Oregon where he produces porcelain pottery and contemporary sculpture for galleries in La Grande, Portland, and Ashland. Prior to moving to Joseph in June 2007, he lived in Ashland and taught a range of Fine Art courses at Crater High School and ceramics and ceramic Art history at Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University. His sculptural work continues to be heavily influenced by the many years he spent living in Mexico and studying Ceramic Sculpture at the Instituto Allende and the University of Guanajuato. His aesthetic objective is to produce artwork that is an honest reflection of his personal experiences in life. He has been working with clay for over 40 years.

Residency Objectives:
Creative Explorations with Clay (Gr. 4-6): Introductory level workshop designed to enhance the student’s awareness of their personal creative propensities through the medium of clay.

Creating Student-directed Site-specific Artwork Proposals (Gr. 4-12 and Adults): Students will design a “site-specific artwork” from the initial idea phase through drafting a proposal packet (proposal letter, materials list with cost estimates, etc.) Activities for this workshop include: choosing an appropriate site, brainstorming ideas and images that are appropriate for the chosen site, determining appropriate materials for the artwork and creating a small-scale model of the proposed artwork.

From Architecture to Abstract Sculpture (Gr. 4-12 and Adults): Students will identify the “hidden” shapes in architectural structures (buildings, bridges, freeway overpasses, grain elevators, etc.). In effect, students will “deconstruct” the architect’s functional design and “reconstruct” (and in some cases reconfigure) the underlying basic shapes as abstract sculptures.

The Nuts and Bolts of Painting (Gr. 4-12 and Adults): Students learn color theory and painting techniques and concepts. This workshop is designed to provide students with the concepts, techniques, and confidence to pursue painting as a lifelong activity.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Jack has designed his class activities and projects to follow a Discipline Based Art Education format, which combines experiences from four disciplines in the study of art: Art Production, Art Criticism, Art History, and Aesthetics. As part of his Staff Development, Jack can demonstrate how these four components can be incorporated into all art lessons.  He can also offer workshops that teach topics related to pottery-making, such as throwing vessels on the potter’s wheel, hand-forming techniques, “primitive pottery-making” and “pit-firing with wood scraps in your back yard.” Jack is also open to suggestions for activities suited to the community’s needs and interests.

Facilities & Supplies:
The classroom would need to have a flat work surface approximately 2 sq. ft per student (standard desk will work fine) and a sink with water for clean up. If access to a kiln is not available, Jack can transport the student’s projects to his studio for firing and return the pieces upon completion.

Material Costs:
Approximately $12-15 per student, per project (one week residency). Costs will vary depending upon the materials already available at your site.

Connection to other Subjects:
Science, History & Culture, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts

Watercolor Media

Grades K-12, Adult

paul-hoelscher

About the Artist:
Paul is having experiences now as a professional and teaching artist that are more inspiring than he had ever considered. He has been able to share art-making with preschoolers and retirees and many ages in between and with very different experience levels. He is wonderfully excited at the quality and variety of the creative energy in every individual once they become comfortable enough to begin expressing their ideas. Paul believes that when we create earnestly, success and growing experiences are the only results and therefore all our art should be celebrated throughout its process and in its outcome. Paul earned a bachelors degree in art from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He lives in Baker City and teaches drawing and painting through the Crossroads Art Center and private consultation. Paul’s art has won awards regionally, been published nationally, and can be seen in galleries in Eastern Oregon as well as in Portland and Boise.

Residency Objectives:
To gain experience with watercolor and other media together. To encourage self confidence and creative thought and expression.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Hands-on workshops and teacher in-services

Facilities and Supplies:
Studio space, classroom, or pushcart. Sink, water, and soap should be available. Watercolor sets, brushes, watercolor paper, construction paper, chalk pastels, charcoal and masking tape. Litho pencils and white gouache or conte` for high school students.

Material Costs:
$2-3 for supplies listed above

Connection to other Subjects:
Earth Science by noticing and portraying ecosystems Social Studies for the opportunities to be supportive of each other.

Visit Paul’s website.

Mixed Media Beading

Grades: K-12, Adult

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About the Artist (Moscow, ID):
Color… pattern… texture… and an abiding respect for skilled work crafted by human hands… These are all elements of my work. But they are secondary to what I feel is my path in life: helping to build connections. By doing art and creating together, we not only learn about ourselves, but we can build bridges instead of walls between our cultures. Beads have been used in every corner of the world and across every age and continent. They are a perfect metaphor for reflection, study, and expression. And for me, beads are more than an attractive adornment; they provide tiny cellular building blocks with which I can explore an infinite variety of forms.

Residency Objectives:
Playing with and executing a project in beads stimulates the imagination, builds hand-eye coordination, reinforces basic arithmetic, and elegantly introduces patterning and designing in a way that is tactile and fun. All residencies are designed to accommodate the needs and desires of the sponsoring school or agency.  All my projects can be adapted to suit special situations or populations.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Staff workshop, culminating exhibition, child-adult technique demonstration, photo documentation. Also available: display of world beadwork from the artist’s collection.

Facilities and Supplies:
Flat working space for students, good lighting, secure storage for supplies or/or beadwork display.

Material Costs:
$3-$5 / student depending on the project.

Connection to other Subjects:
There are many logical connections to math, history, and cultural studies.

Visit Jeanne’s website.

Visual Arts, Drawing, Watercolor, Collage

Grades K-12, Adult

bill-lewis

About the Artist:
Bill has been a professional artist for over 30 years, with primary mediums in pencil drawing,ink, watercolor, stained glass, clay and oils. His philosophy is to transmit his love of art to others while maintaining individual creativity, integrity and respect. He has a Bachelors Degree in Art from Eastern Oregon University and an Oregon Teaching license with an HQ endorsement for K-12. He retired from teaching art at Grant Union High School in 2006. In the twenty years he worked in John Day, he taught workshops for elementary teachers, local art groups and children’s enrichment programs.

Residency Objectives:
Bill will work with the school or site to develop a residency that meets State requirements. He specializes in drawing, one and two-point perspective, watercolor, collage and an array of craft projects. Students will: (1) know how art is a part of their lives, (2) have an appreciation of all arts and (3) understand the joy of working with their hands to complete an art project.

Staff and Community Offerings:
A mini-workshop can be arranged on an evening for teachers, parents and townspeople with a project related to what the students are doing to give them an appreciation of art. He will also share ideas on ways to integrate the arts throughout the community and school curriculum.

Facilities and Supplies:
Table space large enough to work on projects. In-room sink.

Material Costs:
Cost is determined by projects.

Connection to other Subjects:
Math, Music, Science, Social Studies

Murals, Language of Drawing, School Specific

Grades K-12, Adult

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About the Artist (Lewistown, MT):
(Bachelor of Arts and History) Carol created her first wall art when she was in pre-school. Her mother allowed her to continue adding marks to her “masterpiece” as long as she contained the work within the generous area her mother had taped off. Today Carol is a professional artist with more then 35 years of experience. She has a passion for art making and believes the desire to pursue a creative process is part of the human psyche. Although she currently focuses on oils, she has also worked in pastel, pencil, acrylic, pen/ink, and silkscreen. Her most recent works are part of a series in which she explores the landscape subject as memory: latent images in the mind’s eye.

Residency Objectives:
Through hands-on projects, students gain knowledge of how an artist’s process and presentation is related to the concept/purpose of the final art product. They also learn how artists assimilate or appropriate various elements or ideas. Using familiar drawing tools, students learn to “speak” the basic visual language of art. Mural projects (either interior or exterior walls, or an installation of components) are completed by the end of the residency. Emphasis is on the students’ work and self-discovery

Staff and Community Offerings:
Discussion workshops about art (its process, appreciation and practical application) with teachers or community groups.

Facilities and Supplies:
Classroom or traveling cart. Paints, pencils, paper and fabric.

Material Costs:
Depends on donations and existing school supplies.

Connection to other Subjects:
History, Art, Music, Math, Science.

Website: http://www.poppenga.com/

Printmaking, Papermaking and Book Making

Grades Pre/K – 5

abigail-merickel

About the Artist:
Abigail earned an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy and has been actively involved in the art world as an award-winning painter, printmaker and arts educator for over 20 years. She has acquired extensive multi-cultural training in the arts, languages and education from various European sojourns. She has taught foreign languages and fine arts internationally to students of all ages and backgrounds. Having acquired an MAT/teaching credential with endorsements in Art & Spanish, she works as a substitute teacher, bilingual interpreter, and artist-in-residence. Her work is exhibited and collected in the U.S. and Europe. View her work and contact her at www.abigailmerickel.com

Mission Statement:
My goal is to promote access to the visual arts for both teachers and students as a powerful tool for learning. By learning the visual arts language and the art techniques specific to each residency, students will inquire, explore, discover, problem-solve and create integrating content areas with the visual arts.

Residency Objectives:
Residency Descriptions design, and the history of art relating to the specific residency. All students will finish the residency with a presentation and reflection of their work.

Abby offers the following residencies:

Japanese Bookbinding, Nature Printing & Haiku
Students learn a simple bookbinding technique to create their own book, embellishing it with twigs, beads, markers, and colored pencils. Students also learn Japanese literature when they write their own haiku poetry complimenting their images.

Playful Printmaking Possibilities
Students explore, in depth, one of several techniques: block print, nature print, monotype print, or collograph print.

“Artistamps” Postage Stamp Prints
Students will create a postage stamp design depicting their own imaginary country. A study of world postage stamps will inspire students to design their own sketches incorporating basic elements of design.

Block Print Accordion Book
Students will learn the printmaking technique of block printing. They will design, carve, and print a block print while learning art vocabulary, design and the history of art relevant to printmaking.

Metaphor, Monotypes, and Me – Weather
Students will write a weather metaphor using figurative language for themselves and create a monotype print depicting their chosen weather.

Ex-Libris: Art of the Bookplate
Students will design, carve, and print their own ex-libris (bookplate). Inspired by historical images and information about Ex-Libris, students will develop their own idea, learn the art vocabulary of design, and gain skills in printmaking skills.

All About Drawing
Students will explore drawing techniques with a variety of drawing tools (soft pencils, black pens, colored markers, colored pencils) incorporating basic elements of design.

Watercolor Painting
Students will explore watercolor painting as a way of recording our experiences and life around us, whether in nature or through traditional genres, such as still lifes, portraits, or landscapes.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Review of Printmaking and Paste and Paper Residencies, Art and Inspiration, Papermaking Workshop, Handmade Cards, Mixed-Media Collage, Pop-Up Cards

Facilities and Supplies:
A self-contained classroom is ideal, however a cart to move supplies to and from classrooms is workable. Supplies include paper, paint, and inks. Set up and clean up volunteers. Drying and storage space is necessary.

Material Costs:
Approximately $.75 – $1.50 per child

Connection to other Subjects:
Social Studies, Language Arts, Math.

Website: http://www.abigailmerickel.com/

Visual Arts, Design, Drawing, Painting

Grades K-12, Adult

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About the Artist:
Linda teaches a combination of art appreciation/art history; color theory and color missing; use and psychology of design elements in composition; understanding/using perspective; drawing and painting tools/techniques; art marketing and simplified sign lettering. She relates well to students of all ages, modifying classes to accommodate every skill level. She’s been employed as a graphic artist and as a fashion illustrator. She has illustrated text books and magazines for children, as well creating and selling free-lance art for cookbooks and livestock magazines. A series of her humorous, instructional drawings are in use to help communicate modern farming techniques to non-English speaking people in Pacific Rim countries. Linda feels all of these experiences have helped her develop her “thinking outside the box”. She has personally sold her fine art original paintings and limited-edition prints at juried art shows for twenty-plus years, with gallery representation in Idaho, Oregon and Nevada, California and Canada. Over the years, she’s happily taught art to children in kindergarten, Scouts and 4-H, as well as individuals high school age to adult. She believes “positive art experience” enhances students’ self confidence and social behavior, enabling them to better communicate.

Residency Objectives:
Students will improve observation and concentration, along with their skills in composition, drawing, painting and art history. Students will become aware of a variety of art media. Students will learn and use art vocabulary to confidently express knowledgeable opinions about art and will complete success-oriented projects that build self-esteem. Students learn about aesthetics and art criticism. Residency curriculum designed to support Arts Standards.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Teacher in-service consists of a review of her contact sessions, with lesson plans teachers may use in future classes, including suggestions for follow-up sessions. Linda also offers teacher and community workshops in drawing, painting, and what she calls, “the personalities of color”.

Facilities and Supplies:
Studio space, class room or wheeled cart.

Material Costs:
Linda tries to use supplies that schools normally have on hand. Painting supplies vary depending on projects.

Connection to other Subjects:
Linda can modify lessons to tie into specific curriculums if teachers request.

Visit Linda’s website.

Creating Public Art, Clay Explorations

Grades K-12, Adult

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About the Artist:
I have been working as a potter for over twenty years, and have taught art to all ages, from pre-school through retirees. It is a delight to me to be able to share with my students the journey of creating, and the joy of bringing into reality their own particular and unique artistic vision. My inspiration comes from nature, from story and song, and from a delight in the world of the senses. I have worked extensively in the schools as a classroom teacher, and am particularly interested in integrating the arts with other classroom learning.

Residency Objectives:
Two residencies are offered. Either of these residencies can be tailored to the skill levels of the particular age group.

Clay Explorations: Students learn the basics of working with clay, including an introduction to pinch, slab and coil methods of construction, creating both functional and sculptural pieces. Students also learn simple glazing techniques and are introduced to the firing of clay. Two weeks are recommended for this, as clay needs time to dry. If  a school only contracts for one week, they will need to be ready to do some of the firing.

Creating Public Art: Students will work together on a theme and design, create clay tiles to be used in the final piece and assemble them into a mosaic. Depending on age, students would be involved in the setting and grouting of their work. Installation will be done by the artist in collaboration with school facilities personnel. This option requires a minimum of two weeks, and a commitment of volunteer time in order to be successful.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Ann can offer workshops to teachers, parents and volunteers workshops to cover a variety of needs such as: ways to encourage creativity and self-expression in the students, ways to organize the classroom for working with clay and basics of clay making and firing. For Public Art projects, community volunteers and school staff can make tiles to be included.

Cost Per Child:
$3 to $5 per child, per project.

Facilities and Supplies:
In general, a working kiln is needed, and a warm room where projects can dry undisturbed. A 10’ to 12’ square of Masonite or hard board or canvas-covered plywood, tools for working on the clay, 1 to 2 lbs. of clay per student and glazes can be supplied by the school, brought by the artist, or ordered and delivered. Specifics can be discussed with Ann at the time of residency planning.

Connection to Other Subjects:

Visit Ann’s website.

Puppetry

Grades K-12, Adult

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About the Artist:
William Walther has been a professional artist for more than 30 plus years. He has developed special techniques using Styrofoam and paper mache’, enhancing the ability of every child to be successful. William has lectured and taught puppetry and sculpture in many northwest universities and colleges. William has an excellent handle on the dynamics of a classroom, the need for rules, order and consistency. Many teachers use his technique after his visit is over. William is unique in his ability to work with kindergarten through adults, changing his approach and art form by age and ability of his students.

Residency Objectives:
Students will improve their drawing, design and painting skills. Students become comfortable with artistic vocabulary. Students learn to express their opinions about art. Students become familiar with art history. Students use decision-making and concentration. Students raise their self-esteem by being successful in art making. Students learn about aesthetics and art criticism. Students experience a variety of art media. This residency is designed to support Arts Standards.In the residency students will create quality puppets based on legends, fairy tales, animals, or whatever your classroom is currently studying. The Styrofoam balls and Styrofoam meat trays will shape the puppet characteristics. Paper mache’ will be added-a virtually mess less paper mache’ (really!). The puppetry residency takes a minimum of 3 one hour sessions. This residency has appeal for all ages. To have each student design, construct, and finish an art form.

Staff and Community Offerings:
William offers an evening 2 hour workshop for the community or in-service for teachers creating a sculpture or puppet. William also offers a 45-minute evening presentation or school assembly showing puppets from around the world, including a 100-year-old puppet from China and shadow puppets from Indonesia.

Facilities & Supplies:
Facility should have a sink with a functional water system or cart to haul water from room to room.

Material Costs:
$.65-1.00 Depending on the donation of fabric and materials.

Connection to other Subjects:
Math, Science, Theater

Website: www.centerstagepuppets.com/

LITERARY ARTS

Creative Writing

Grades: 4-12, Adult

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About the Artist:
I began writing creatively when I was in grade school. I now have a Master of Arts degree in Children’s Literature and have 16 published books, including ‘Twas the Night Before Round-Up and Out and About at the United States Mint. I have taught writing workshops for all grades K through high school. I also produce visual art and I am a past elementary teacher and special ed preschool teacher. I am very flexible and readily adapt to using writing methods that work best for students.

Residency Objectives:
Students will create non-fiction stories, fictional tales, poems, and word plays. They will do so as a group or individually depending on ability. New this year: Students will create illustrations for their work using print making methods. Students will understand that they possess the ability to write well and that they have something worth sharing. They will use their creative imaginations to invent and complete three to five written pieces to present to the class. They will have FUN.

Staff and Community Offerings:
I can offer a staff workshop with handouts about writing with students after my residency. I can also offer readings of my work at school or in the community. I would be happy to organize a time for students to present their completed work.

Facilities and Supplies:
I can work in classrooms or school libraries depending on convenience for the school. Writing paper and pencils for students, an overhead projector or document reader, scrap cardboard, white glue in bottles not sticks, and tempera paint for print making.

Material Costs:
$1-3 per student.

Connection to other Subjects:
In addition to literature and English, I have students create writing that includes nature and science, music through rhythm and beat, history by drawing on subjects from the past, and art with illustrations.

Website: You may learn more about my books at www.mtemilypress.com and you may e-mail me here.

Illustrated Story

Grades K-12, Adult

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About the Writer:
I began as a fine artist(still am) and fell in love with the picturebook genre in the late 1980s. I continue to love picturebooks but also write nonfiction, comics, YA novels and middle grade novels. I work hard to submit regularly for publication so I can earn an income from doing what I love. I have structured my whole adult financial life to support my writing “habit” as in “living small”.

Residency Description and Objectives:
Beginning students will understand the basic elements of story writing such as beginning, middle and end, character development, world building, conflict and conflict resolution as well as dialogue, action and reaction. Basic art skills will be taught that reinforce the stories, stressing pacing and personal expression. Older students will build on these skills and will employ theme as well as a more complicated story structure including subplots. This activity can be based on memoir or nonfiction subjects students have been studying in the classroom.

Staff and Community Offerings:
I always love getting together with teachers and parents in a “how to draw” hourlong workshop. Many adults are art phobic and aren’t comfortable working with kids as far as expressing themselves though art. In one hour adults will master the skills to draw at least 4 different animals using shapes and “what they already know” as a guide. This is also an exercise in problem solving. I can also can offer Family write nights and family art nights.

Facilities and Supplies:
Describe what facilities and supplies are needed for your residency.Approximate cost is $5 per student per project at the most, as supplies are printer paper, pencils and Sharpies.

Connections to other subjects:
The graphic novel form (as well as story) can be used to connect to science (describing an observational process or using sciences facts in a fictional narrative). It can be used to express math problems, or scenes from history as well as straight out creative writing. I am very comfortable tailoring workshops to teachers’ specific wants and needs.

 

Poetry

Grades: 2-7 & Adult

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About the Artist (Shoreline, WA):
Sarah grew up on the East Coast, near Boston, and always wanted to be a writer. Some of her favorite childhood memories are of being in my basement with her best friend assigning each other topics to write poems about. She majored in English and creative writing in college, and then worked at The Atlantic Monthlymagazine before returning to school for an MFA in poetry. She has just finished a PhD in English at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she concentrated on twentieth‐century poetry. Her work experience has been divided between teaching and professional writing and editing, a set of experiences that has shaped her philosophy on the meaning and importance of publication.

“I strongly believe that writing is for everyone, and that publication is not necessary as a mark of being a “real” writer. At the same time, I also recognize how important it is for many writers not only to express but also to communicate—to be read by others. For all of us who fall somewhere between bestseller status and hiding our writing in a drawer, literary communities—including those created in workshops and classrooms—can be vital. As a writer in residence, my aim would be to participate in, and, I hope, to help to strengthen, such community.”

Residency Objectives:
Students will learn the sense of freedom and empowerment that comes with language. Students will also learn a comfort and lack of intimidation with poetry. By the end of the residency, students will have a basic knowledge of a variety of poetic effects, including line length, repetition, onomatopoeia, simile and metaphor, personification, and more. Students will become familiar with and have an understanding of a small number of “great poems” to be used as examples.

Staff and Community Offerings:
I could offer a session for teachers on creating poetry lesson plans or other guidance in finding teachable poems and presenting them in the classroom.

I’d be happy to offer any of the following:

• a works‐in‐progress workshop or one‐on‐one office hours for writers in the community
• a seminar or workshop for writers seeking publication (I have worked in book and magazine publishing)
• a book club or other literary discussion group

Facilities and Supplies:
A classroom.

Material Costs:
The only cost of this residency would be printing/photocopying of a small number of  worksheets and a final anthology of student work.

Connection to other Subjects:
Poetry builds students’ language and writing skills, a widely applicable academic activity. Poetry exercises could also be adapted as ways to present the content of other lessons (poems about science, history, etc).

Creative Writing

Grades: 2-12 & Adult

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About the Writer:
I am an author, an educator, and a presenter. I grew up on a wheat ranch in the sunshine of Eastern Oregon and have always felt that the students of Eastern Oregon deserve the same opportunity for inspiration, imagination, and advanced academics as students throughout the state and the country. My goal as an artist-in-residence is to share my passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge about writing with students—but more significantly, to help students share and express their own creativity, imagination, and ideas through narrative writing. As a teacher, I have seen many students struggle and agonize over the process of creating a perfect paragraph. The activities offered in my residency alleviate that agony. Students are not asked to create polished, perfect pieces; but to explore the freedom of writing while learning advanced writing skills. Often struggling writers create more in one of my five-minute story starter exercises than during days of regular classroom writing time. My philosophy toward writing for publication, both as a teacher and a published author of books for teens, is that writing is a process of discovery. Writers of all ages need inspiration, a challenge, and the chance to explore. And the tools to ultimately transform ideas into story.

Residency Objectives:
Students will explore advanced narrative writing skills, using many of the same techniques as professional authors. Upon completion of the residency, the students will be able to (TSWBAT) create a character, design a character-based plot, recognize the elements of plot, generate conflict, write a beginning in media res, and write strong dialogue.

Residency Descriptions:
Anne offers two types of residencies –

Author Adventure—A Fiction-Writing Safari: Join the Safari and explore the art of narrative writing! Students will create their own characters, develop plot by “throwing rocks at their character;” write intriguing beginnings in a matter of minutes; plunge into point of view; and put their characters in place. All using techniques practiced by professional authors.

On the Edge—A Young Adult Writing Residency: Take the YA writing plunge and explore the art of advanced narrative writing! Students will create characters, generate conflict for plot, write action-oriented beginnings; and turn dialogue into drama. All using techniques practiced by professional authors and under the instruction of an award winning author of teen novels.

Staff and Community Offerings:
Author’s Toolbox Educator Workshop: A 1-2 hour hands-on workshop about the art of teaching writing designed for educators. Wish you could help your students learn to write like real authors? Come learn techniques for doing just that. Give students real purpose, help them tackle advanced skills, and free their imaginations. Come practice and learn how to create your own author’s toolbox!

I also offer an adult/community version of my writing-in-residency program. This is described under community offerings.

Facilities and Supplies:
All students will need a pencil, at least 12 sheets of writing paper, a chair, and a desk and/or table surface.  Each child needs a folder and/or large piece of folded construction paper that can serve as a writing folder throughout the residency.

Material Costs:
The only materials cost of this residency would be printing/photocopying worksheets and a $50 reimbursement of fabric scraps for a character creation lesson.

Connection to other Subjects:
My residency program is writing-centered and correlates directly to the Oregon and National Writing standards. Many of the skills taught—while scaffolded to reach an age-appropriate audience—are advanced-level narrative writing skills—skills taught during university-level fiction writing courses and at professional writing conferences. In addition to meeting writing standards, the writing activities and/or skills within this residency can be used to improve learning in reading, science, and social studies.

Visit Anne Osterlund’s website for more information.

Creative Writing – emphasis on historical writing

Grades: 4-12 & Adult

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About the Writer:
I started writing for newspapers as a teenager. I learned how to write concisely, and yet used my words to spark interest in my report. I also learned observation skills to paint a picture of what could be mundane. These things are vital when writing nonfiction and historical novels. Writing is a journey and I intend on taking my students on that journey.

Residency Objectives:
Students will take a raw historic event or family incident and spin it into a story or even a re-enactment in which the event will come alive with sights, sounds, movement, and an unforgettable story.  The object is the get the students writing and reading/acting the historic event.

New for 2013-14, June can offer a writing program for younger students (through 4th grade)  in which puppets are incorporated into the class. She could do “emo” puppets which are made out of paper plates and demonstrate emotions. Emotion is a big element in writing that is often missed. Other puppets that could be made would be basic stick animal puppets which could tell many stories. This would work well for a folklore unit in which students study some stories, then make the puppets, write the script and perform the story. Another folklore project is the tall tale totems, made of three pieces of paper, taped together. She will help the students create standard characters, new characters, and even a combination of characters. From there June will help students write stories.

Staff and Community Offerings:
There are many learning and acting games which could be used by the teacher or leader to introduce the lesson: “Hit that Oregon Trail, “Mt. Men v.s. Pioneers” or “Oh Deer.” Examples of writing could be provided for various skills.

Facilities and Supplies:
A classroom, and stage area would be needed. A computer lab would be great for research and writing. Power point equipment would be nice, but I do have that equipment, except for a screen. Possible costumes or props. (I could provide some.)

Material Costs:
Approximately $40 for a class size of 25 for basic supplies.

Connection to other Subjects:
Connecting to writing and history. It would fulfill speaking standards and writing standards. Students could do the same thing for science with “Amazing Science Discoveries” or “Major Mathematicians.”

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