The Royal Conservatory, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), is pleased to offer the Artist-Educator Foundations Course for artists who would like to learn more about arts education. This 30-hour course offers artists a window into working in schools and/or in community settings. The course is created by artists for artists and all material is taught using a multidisciplinary and highly interactive approach involving creative play and activity-based exploration.
Each class of the Artist-Educator Foundations Course is a structured exploration of a module (listed below) using fun, hands-on arts-infused learning. Each lesson, once delivered, is deconstructed to ensure understanding of the teaching tactics and arts-based techniques. The course combines educational content and theory with a creative “laboratory” environment – artists are given supported activities through which they experiment with applying their arts discipline in educational and community contexts. During class presentations, artists will participate as a “student” learner and as a “facilitator”. The course includes modules on how people learn at different stages of life, effective partnering, and how to develop and structure arts-based lessons that are effective and engaging for learners. All our Foundations courses offered throughout Ontario are facilitated by expert leaders who are both working artists and experienced educators.