All Music, Theater, and Visual Arts workshops will be held at Chelmsford High School. Chelmsford High School is located at 200 Richardson Rd, North Chelmsford, MA 01863
Lunch will be available onsite for $5 (cash only).
Session 1: 8:35-10:05
MTV1: Comics as Reflective Practice: Rachel Branham
Comics are more than just superheroes- the union of images and text is a unique art form that can be used in many ways! From storytelling to memoir to research, comics are becoming a staple in the world of literacy and art, and you should be apart of it! Find out how to use comics as a part of your reflective practice, art making habit, and classroom routine. Rachel Branham is an artist educator living in northeastern Massachusetts. She holds a Masters of Arts Education from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts Education from the Ohio State University. She has been working in public education for over seven years, and has recently published her first graphic novel, ‘”What’s So Great About Art, Anyway?” A Teacher’s Odyssey’ from Teachers College Press. Ms. Branham is most interested in art making as a tool for self expression and social justice, and believes that project-based, individualized and holistic education is a human right for all young people.
MTV2: Online Lesson Planning with Planboard :Allison Gover
Do you ever wish you could access your planner from home, or get frustrated when you have a snow day and have to erase and rewrite a week’s worth of plans? In this workshop you will learn how to use an online lesson planning app called Planboard which can be accessed from anywhere: your computer, iPad, tablet or or phone! It allows you to create units, add lesson files, connect your lessons to standards, and share your plans with colleagues. You can even shift lessons forward if you have an unexpected day off or a lesson runs long; no erasing required! Take your lesson planning to the next level! Important Note** Teachers should bring or be able to access their schedules when they attend
MTV3: Art Critique Fundamentals – by Artprof.org: Clara Lieu
For: Middle School/High School Art Teachers As art teachers, we are creative catalysts for the creation of our students’ artwork. However, producing artwork is just one part of the artistic process; providing helpful critical feedback to your students on their artwork is an integral part of providing well rounded visual arts education. Learn how to foster a supportive, respectful, constructive atmosphere in your classroom that allows your students to experience a wide range of diverse opinions. This session will feature a comprehensive lecture on the fundamentals of the critique process, as well as live demonstrations of an art critique in a number of various formats: one-on-one critiques, group critiques, portfolio critiques, and more. Our presentation will reference our diverse video critiques on Artprof.org. Clara Lieu is a professor, writer, and visual artist. Currently, she teaches in the Printmaking and Painting departments at the Rhode Island School of Design. Lieu is a Partner at ART PROF, a free, online educational platform for visual arts that I created with Thomas Lerra. For three years, Lieu wrote ‘Ask the Art Prof,’ an advice column for visual artists which was featured in HuffPost. She has taught in RISD Foundation Studies, the RISD Illustration Department, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, at Wellesley College, and at the Lesley University College of Art and Design. For four years she was the Director of the Jewett Gallery. Lieu’s studio practice uses various techniques of drawing, printmaking, and sculpture as means towards exploring the extremes of human emotion, using the human figure and face as a vehicle for expression. Her work has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York, Bromfield Gallery, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Currier Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center. Lieu has won artist grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Puffin Foundation.
MTV4: New Plays/Musicals Reading Session
Time to brush off your acting chops and read through a few new works with your colleagues!
MTV5: LGBTQ Students and Arts Education: Dr. Stephen A. Paparo
Session 2: 10:15-11:45
MTV6: Elementary & Middle School Mixed Media/Printmaking Techniques: Sarah Kiley
All students love to get their hands dirty in a fun and creative process that allows for those serendipitous moments to later be turned into masterpieces. In this workshop, art teachers will learn some hands on mixed media techniques in creating one of a kind prints. Demonstration and many student examples of finished pieces will be provided. This is a hands on workshop; hand outs with directions will be provided.
MTV7: High School Printmaking: Ashley Cormack
We will discuss soft cut, intaglio drypoint, and cyanotype printmaking. Teachers will be given step-by-step procedure handouts, suggested activities, project extensions for advanced students, and adaptations for students with special needs. Includes hands on soft cut printmaking activity. ***Please bring one or two line drawings, photocopies only please don’t bring originals.
MTV8: Transformative Power of Twitter: Jaimee Taborda
Open to all educators (K-12) Learn about the power of social media as a professional development tool, including real life examples of the impact on teaching and how you can take control of your own professional learning. Professional development has become a bad word for many educators today. Thoughts of boring, top-down sessions on topics unrelated to our content areas immediately come to mind, especially for art educators who rarely have the luxury of content-specific PD. With educators harnessing the power of social media, there is a whole world of resources at our fingertips providing the specialized PD we have been looking for. Over the past few years since joining Twitter, I have been challenged to consider new ways of looking at my philosophy of education, learned about technologies that have become indispensable in my classroom, and connected with educators all around the world. I have taken control over my own professional learning and the results are powerful. Ready to take the leap? Bring your own device to create your professional Twitter account and start your learning journey. Participate in a twitter chat and ask questions as you take control over your professional growth. Jaimee Taborda has a Bachelor’s in Art from Gordon College and a Master’s in Education from Fitchburg State University. A passionate educator of nine years, she is currently teaching Art at Oxford High School and an art education course at Gordon College. Striving to lead by example, she is an exhibiting artist whose work has been included in exhibitions across Massachusetts. Ever curious, Jaimee joined Twitter in 2014 as a way to grow as an educator and to better communicate with parents and students. Over the past couple of years, she has learned to navigate the waters of Twitter as a source of personalized professional development. She never imagined that social media would become one of the greatest resources in her teacher toolkit.
MTV9: Instrument Repair – by Music & Arts
This session for instrumental teachers will provide guidance on:
-Quick adjustments an educator can do without harming the instrument
-What to look for and common simple solutions for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.
-Small handful of helpful tools that you can find locally
MTV10: Choral Reading Session: Cheryl Mancini
Warm-up those vocal cords and enjoy sight-reading some new charts with your colleagues.
MTV11: Creating a Collage in Photoshop: Madalena Alves
Description: Create a collage for personal or school use using a few simple tools in Photoshop. Learn to re-size a photo, enhance a photos color, overlap photos, bring in special effects, and add text. Move and organize your layers in Photoshop. These are just a few of the elements we will be focusing on in your collage. **Items to bring: Photographs on an SD card or flash drive.
MTV12: Keeping Current: Mimi Rabson
Description: Keep your student involved by adding their favorite pop grooves and improvisation into the repertoire. Find out how to quickly extract the fundamental parts of any tune and adept them to a string ensemble. Learn how to find the right notes and rhythms that will offer your students a springboard for improvisation. This work offers the added benefit of develping your student’s ears and understanding of harmony. Discover how to turn these few essentials into an encore for your next concert. **Please consider bringing an instrument so that you can participate in the session (not required but recommended)
MTV13: All the World’s a Stage- Accessing the Text for students discovery: Tom Grenon
By looking at one of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes we will find ways to access the text from a variety of different perspectives through analysis, exercises and creative means of discovery.
Tom Grenon is the Education Director of The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. He is a graduate of Theater from Westfield State University and a trained classical actor from the National Shakespeare Conservatory of New York. Tom’s acting credits with BCSC include MacDuff-MacBeth, Claudius- Hamlet, and is the director of the 2017/18 touring production of MacBeth. Other acting credits include, Othello, Measure for Measure and The Tempest with Actors Shakespeare Project, To Kill a Mocking Bird at Gloucester Stage, and has also appeared with local companies such as Bridge Rep, Zeitgeist, and Hub Theatre Company.
MTV14: Sargeant House Museum: Zachary Obrien
The Director of the Sargeant House Museum in Gloucester, MA will share information about the museum, its history, and the significant families who resided in the home, including Judith Sargent Murray. This program will also highlight the High School Summer Internship Program that is available for any rising sophomore, junior of senior from North Shore.
MTV15: Art Museum Assessment & Relationships – Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Sara Egan
What is the impact of a class visit to an art museum? Educators at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston developed a post-pre reflection assessment tool to determine changes in high school student attitudes and behaviors over time as a result of participation in the their School Partnership Program. This tool is an interactive, social activity that can uncover nuanced changes in knowledge, behavior and attitudes. Educators at all levels can use this tool with students or colleagues to assess engagement and comfort with art programs over time. Through assessment like this, educators can understand how our lessons meet their goals, determine their impact on participants, and make revisions to increase effectiveness. In this session the presenter will introduce attendees to the Gardner’s education offerings for arts and foreign language teachers, discuss trends in students’ growth that result from their relationship with the Museum, and outline how to design this type of post-pre reflection assessment tool for use in the classroom. Target audience: high school
Session 3: 1:00-2:30
MTV16: Band Reading Session: Matt Sexauer
Bring an instrument and enjoy an afternoon of sight-reading some new charts with your colleagues. ***Participants should bring an instrument to play.
MTV17: String Reading Session: Kate Comeau
Bring an instrument and enjoy an afternoon of sight-reading some new charts with your colleagues. ***Participants should bring an instrument to play.
MTV18: a cappella: Amanda Roeder
In this session we will explore effective rehearsal techniques to bring an a cappella arrangement to life. Topics will include warm-ups, healthy pop tone production, how to unpack an arrangement, choreography, and microphone technique. The award-winning CHS a cappella group “The Thursdays” will participate as a demo group during this session.
MTV19: Improvise, Inspire and Invent-Creative ways to involve students of all abilities: Ross MacDonald
Too often students struggle as much with creative expression as they do with creative interpretation and invention. This workshop will give ways in which students of all abilities can enjoy theatrical exploration and expression.
Ross MacDonald is the Artistic Director of The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. A graduate of the University of Southampton and the former London Academy of Performing Arts. Ross is a classical trained actor, director and educator. He has worked on ‘both sides of the pond’. In his native UK, he has worked for the Globe Theatre-London, Royal National Theatre, Oxford Shakespeare Company and The British Shakespeare Company. In the USA, he has worked for companies including Actors Shakespeare Project, New Repertory Theatre, Summer Festival Theatre, Publick Theatre Boston, and Central Square Theatre Cambridge.
MTV20: Integrating Technology into the Music Classroom: Brian Fulks
This workshop is designed to demonstrate technology resources that can be implemented into any music class. The objective is to provide as many free and/or low-cost options as possible to begin providing your students with hands-on technology experiences in music. These resources are all cloud or app-based and work on many different platforms and devices. Some of the resources that we will explore include Soundation, Noteflight, Powtoon, Weebly and others.
MTV21: Art of the Spanish-Speaking World: Emily Schienberg
From Velasquez to Kahlo, delve into key works of art from Spain and Latin America featured in the Museum of Fine Art, Boston’s new Art of the Spanish-Speaking World tour for school groups. Explore how artworks can inspire rich discussion and contribute to students’ understanding of the complexities of culture. While focused on art from Spain and Latin America, the workshop’s core ideas and activities are transferable to other works of art as well.
MTV22: Project Based Learning: Danielle Milner
Participants will have a better understanding of project-based work that will benefit an individual program, as well as a plan to actively re-design and customize a collaborative curriculum. You can gain the confidence to move forward with collaborative learning models enhancing the 4Cs – Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. Topics to be explored include: Design Thinking, Makerspaces, STEAM/STEM, PBL, and School-Wide Collaborative Projects.
MTV23: Studio Habits of Mind: Celia Knight
Learn about using the Studio Habits of Mind (SHoM) in the elementary classroom. Developed by Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner with Harvard’s Project Zero, the SHoM explain the eight major habits used by artists in their work. This presentation will explain possible ways to embed the SHoM into everyday elementary art class experiences, unit plans, and curriculum. Celia Knight has been teaching Elementary Art for 16 years in both suburban and urban environments. Her work with the SHoM will be also featured in the upcoming companion book to Studio Thinking 2, Studio Thinking for Elementary Teachers, written by Jillian Hogan, Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, and Duane Jacquith.
MTV24: Mindfulness: Elizabeth Valentine
MTV25: Ukulele Sharing Session
This session is an opportunity for music teachers to share their approaches to teaching ukulele in the general music classroom or ensemble. Please bring an instrument and songs to share with the group! *** Bring: A Ukulele and songs to share!