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Shoshana Wasser

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Artist-Educator Foundations Course

February 3, 2015


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.
 

The Foundations Course will show you how to:

  • work in elementary, intermediate and secondary schools as well as in community settings
  • develop meaningful and relevant lesson plans
  • engage in effective communication with students, teachers and staff
  • develop solid partnerships with educational or community partners
  • make appropriate programming choices for a variety of ages, stages and abilities


Course Modules

  • Merging Artist and Teacher/Community Worker Culture
  • Engaging Effective Partnering
  • Engaging Effective Session Management – Teaching Tactics and Strategies
  • Exploring Multiliteracies and Multimodal Learning
  • Understanding the Arts Curriculum
  • Preparing Lesson Plans (Foundations Level)
  • Understanding Ages and Stages of Development (Foundations Level)
  • Understanding OAC’s Arts Education and Community Arts Grants through Your Creative Process


Prerequisite

Applicants must be practicing artists. A practicing artist is defined as someone who has basic training (formal or informal), or who is self-taught in his/her field, who spends a significant amount of time practicing his/her art, and seeks payment for his/her work. Certified teachers are not eligible to participate in this program.


Follow-up Webinar

The follow-up webinar is an opportunity for participants to learn more about the OAC application process. The webinar will also provide time for participants to ask OAC arts education and community arts officers some questions about their programs.
 

Fee and Registration

  • All artists must complete an application form and pay a $60 fee. Applications will be screened on a first-come first serve basis. 
     
  • Please note that individuals who have participated in other OAC, Royal Conservatory, or Learning Through the Arts Artist-Educator training programs are not eligible to apply.


Course Details

  • Artists are required to attend all six days and complete homework assignments to receive the certificate of completion. While the course would normally cost $600, OAC’s subsidy means that artists pay only $60.
  • The OAC stipulates that people who have had significant learning opportunities in the field of education, such as people who are already certified and/or practicing teachers in the school system, are not eligible for this subsidy and therefore may not be accepted to this course. However, the Royal Conservatory does offer the Foundations course every fall in Toronto at full cost and you should be accepted into that course if you apply.
  • Limited travel funds are available from OAC for confirmed participants in the French course (North Bay). Please email OAC about travel funds at tgitersos@arts.on.ca.


2015 Locations and Schedule

 
City
&
Language of Instruction
Dates  
Times
OAC Follow-up Webinar Locations Instructors
Toronto
(English)
Feb 27, 28
Mar 1, 6, 7, 8
Friday
6-9 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 10
5-7 p.m.
RCM Telus Centre for Performance & Learning
273 Bloor St. W.
Toronto

Ontario Arts Council
151 Bloor St. W.
5th Floor
Toronto
Michael O’Connell
Leslie Ashton
Deanne Hupfield
Ottawa 
(English)
Feb 27, 28
Mar 1, 6, 7, 8
Friday
6-9 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
June 10
5-7 p.m.
Arts Court
2 Daly Ave.
Ottawa
Ann McDougall
Julian Diego
North Bay
(French)
Mar 6, 7, 8
Mar 27, 28, 29
Friday
6-9 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
June 11
5-7 p.m.
Capitol Centre
150 Main St.
North Bay
Pandora Topp
Paula Wing
Rufus Glassco
Owen Sound
(English)
Apr 10, 11, 12
Apr 17, 18, 19
Friday
6-9 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
June 10
5-7 p.m.
Tom Thomson Art Gallery
840 First Ave. W.
Owen Sound

Grey Roots Museum & Archives
102599 Grey Rd.
18 RR 4
Owen Sound
Karen McClellan
Andrea Piller
James Adams
St. Catharines
(English)
Apr 17, 18, 19
May 1, 2, 3
Friday
6-9 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 10
5-7 p.m.
The Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines Multicultural Centre
85 Church St.
St. Catharines
 
Rodman Hall Arts Centre
109 St. Paul Cres.
St. Catharines
Laurie Pye
Sara Dickinson
The Real SUN
 
 






Contact Information

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For questions about the
Artist-Educator Foundations Course: 
416-408-2825 or 1-888-408-2825
 
For questions related to
the Ontario Arts Council:
416-961-1660 or 1-800-387-0058
info@arts.on.ca