Infusion Professional Development

Professional Development in Arts Integration
for Teachers and Artists

ArtStarts is pleased to offer Infusion professional development opportunities for artists and teachers interested in bringing the arts and arts integration into schools across British Columbia.

Through professional learning opportunities, we wish to provide practical resources and approaches that can enhance the way artists, educators and young people are engaged in and through the arts.

Upcoming Pro-D Events for Artists

Calling All Artists in the Greater Vancouver Area!

Arts Integration Learning Lab

Apply by October 9, 2015 to take part in this experiential learning series for artists interested in working with young people and educators in schools

Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators  in schools? Or do you already have some experience and want to enhance your skills?

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is a professional development experience for artists of all disciplines in the Greater Vancouver area. This program is designed to build the capacity of professional artists and position them to work alongside educators in schools.

The Arts Integration Learning Lab comprises a series of five practical, experiential learning sessions that will be offered once a month, from November 2015 to March 2016.

Artists selected to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of arts integration and identify opportunities to grow their own professional practice
  • Build facilitation skills to effectively work with young people and educators
  • Develop abilities to plan and lead quality arts integrated interactions
  • Learn about resources and opportunities for artists available through ArtStarts
  • Explore the culture of schools and connect with curriculum
  • Discover opportunities for artists to connect with educators in a professional capacity
  • Connect with other artists in the Greater Vancouver area and engage in peer learning

A Fully Subsidized Learning Series for Artists

The cost for artists selected to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab will be fully subsidized and covers: tuition, program materials and lunch. This opportunity is made possible through support from BC Arts Council and the Province of BC's Creative Futures program.

About ArtStarts in Schools

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is presented by ArtStarts in Schools, a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. ArtStarts regularly offers Infusion professional development opportunities for artists and teachers interested in bringing the arts and arts integration into schools across BC.

Workshop Descriptions

  • Creativity 101 — Friday, November 13, 2015, 9am to 3pm
    How do we talk about creativity within an institutional, educational context? Through left- and right-brain workshop activities, participate in a series of collaborative, hands-on experiences that will unpack contemporary perceptions of art and education, philosophies and domains of the creative process, and an introduction to arts integration as an approach to teaching.
  • Pedagogy: Art Practice as Teaching Practice — Friday, December 11, 2015, 9am to 3pm
    Learning is the acquisition of knowledge; investigating the multiple ways that transfer can occur is the subject of pedagogy. An art practice is potent with the capability to create dialogue — and through this dialogue learning happens. Working with a professional teaching artist, explore how the creative process, through an arts integration approach, can be utilized to engage and activate the imaginations of young people in classrooms.
  • School Culture — Friday, January 8, 2016, 9am to 3pm
    Every school has a unique combination of cultural values, norms and guiding principles that form their collective “school culture”. Through an interactive panel discussion and hands-on presentation with experienced educators and professional teaching artists, gain perspectives about the contemporary nuances of schools in British Columbia. They will walk through a recent Artists in the Classroom project and discuss the process of ideation, planning and execution from the perspective of school culture.
  • Navigating Resources — Friday, February 12, 2016, 9am to 3pm
    Having a sound knowledge of resources is key to creating inclusive, informative and engaging arts-based learning experiences for young people. Discover where to access relevant resources and learn how to utilize them effectively. Through a series of collaborative workshop activities, learn how to navigate the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum with confidence, present your professional art practice to educators and write articulate, compelling grant proposals.
  • Ecosystems of Teaching Methods — Friday, March 11, 2016, 9am to 3pm
    Teachers are creative, innovative and pragmatic people. A teacher constantly references, adapts and combines a multiplicity of teaching methods to make up their individual teaching practice. Learn from an experienced educator and discover a variety of teaching methods while collaborating in small groups to design an arts integrated learning experience for young people.

Who Can Apply?

To apply to the Arts Integration Learning Lab, you must be:

  • A professional artist (see definition below)
  • Working in any artistic discipline(s): visual arts, theatre, music, dance, storytelling, interdisciplinary, etc.
  • A resident of the Greater Vancouver area (see map below)
  • Committed to attend all five days of workshops

We're looking to engage participants with a range of experiences. You are welcome to apply if:

  • You are interested in working with young people and/or educators in schools, but you don’t yet have much experience in this capacity.


  • You already have some experience working with young people and/or educators in schools, and want to enhance your skills.

Where and When?

  • The Arts Integration Learning Lab takes place at the ArtStarts Gallery and Resource Centre in downtown Vancouver at 808 Richards Street (at Robson) (map).
  • Artists take part in a series of five sessions, offered once a month, from November 2015 to March 2016:

    • Friday, November 13, 2015, 9am to 3pm
    • Friday, December 11, 2015, 9am to 3pm
    • Friday, January 8, 2016, 9am to 3pm
    • Friday, February 12, 2016, 9am to 3pm
    • Friday, March 11, 2016, 9am to 3pm

How Much Does It Cost to Attend?

The cost for artists selected to participate in the Arts Integration Learning Lab will be fully subsidized and covers tuition, program materials and lunch. This opportunity is made possible through support from BC Arts Council and the Province of BC's Creative Futures program. Please note that artists are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Definitions to Note

  • professional artist is defined as someone who has specialized training in the arts (not necessarily in academic institutions); is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); is committed to devoting more time to his or her artistic activity, if financially possible; and has a history of public presentation. (Source: Canada Council for the Arts)
  • Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form and engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. (Source: The Kennedy Centre)

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Contact Elfred Matining, Program Manager: or 604-336-0626 ext 106

Upcoming Pro-D Events for Teachers

Making Spaces: Transforming a Classroom Through the Creative Process

An Arts Integration Professional Development Workshop for Teachers on Friday, October 23, 2015

Is a classroom ever just a classroom? ArtStarts invites teachers to take part in an experiential professional development event on October 23, 2015 that will explore how to you can transform your students' learning experience through the creative process. Making Spaces is a full day at the ArtStarts Gallery that will engage your creativity with two hands-on workshops, while exploring arts integration as an approach to teaching.

All participants will take part in two workshops:

Workshop #1 —
Documenting the Hard-to-Document: Zine Making with Tin Can Studio

Education and learning can happen both in and out of the classroom, sometimes even in unusual settings. Capturing and documenting the process of learning in these contexts can be a challenge. Zines, or do-it-yourself magazines, are a great way to tie in a variety of visual and language based artwork to tell that story. They also provide an ideal introduction to the creative process because they are simple and inexpensive, don't require special equipment or special skills, and can be adapted to any age group or ability level. Learn about the origin of self-published zines and work together to create your own in this fun interactive workshop.

About the Workshop Facilitators: Tin Can Studio is a multi-purpose mobile project space, housed in an 18-foot vintage trailer. Created and facilitated by multi-disciplinary artists Jenny Lee Craig and Caroline Ballhorn, Tin Can Studio works with schools, museums, event coordinators and more to deliver engaging interactive and creative programming.

Workshop #2 — 
Gallery as Classroom, Classroom as Gallery with Elfred Matining

What do galleries and classrooms have in common? Put on your curatorial hat and investigate the connections between these two dynamic spaces where experiential learning comes alive. Navigate from the history of museums to examples of innovative contemporary spaces, while gaining insight into the curatorial process of the ArtStarts Gallery. You will also have the opportunity to put these ideas into practice through a hands-on activity.

About the Workshop Facilitator: Elfred Matining is the Program Manager at ArtStarts who oversees Infusion professional development opportunities for teachers and artists. With a background in business, design and visual arts, Elfred is the Associate Director for Wil Aballe Art Projects, a Vancouver-based commercial gallery. Graduating from Emily Carr University, Elfred maintains his art practice as an installation artist exploring ideas of memory through lighting and found objects.

What's Pro-D at ArtStarts Like?

Here are some comments from participants at ArtStarts' professional development event for teachers last October:

  • "I appreciate the reminder that art can be used as a tool to express learning. Paper and pencil need not dominate our classrooms."
  • "Today's Pro-D helped cement my belief in art as a valuable process for students and teachers. More time needs to be dedicated to the pursuit of artistic thinking and being in this frenetic world of 'busy'!"
  • "With the BC Ministry of Education moving towards an Arts Education model, I welcomed the opportunity to explore a cross-curricular approach to incorporating arts with classroom subject areas."

Who Should Attend?

This professional development event ideal for Grade 3-8 teachers, but is relevant for all teachers of any grade/subject who are interested in bringing in an arts integrated approach into their classrooms.


Friday, October 23, 2015, 9am to 3pm

  • 8:30am — Doors open
  • 9am — Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:30am — First Workshop
  • 11:30am — Lunch
  • 12:30pm — Second Workshop
  • 2:30pm — Reflections and Evaluations
  • 3pm — End of Day


ArtStarts Gallery and Resource Centre, 808 Richards Street (at Robson), Vancouver, BC (map)

Registration Details

  • $100 per person (taxes do not apply)
  • Registration includes lunch and workshop materials
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Payment may be made with a credit card via PayPal
  • Please note that registration is non-refundable

Additional Notes

  • All participants take part in both workshops
  • Coffee/tea is not provided, however there is a Starbucks located right next door
  • Please note your dietary restrictions when registering


Contact Elfred Matining, Program Manager at ArtStarts: or 604-336-0626 ext 105

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Past Events


Past Events

Explore past professional development events for artists and educators.

What is Arts Integration?

The arts are taught in many ways in schools. Discover what we mean by the terms "arts-enhanced curriculum", "arts as curriculum" and "arts integration".


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Arts Integration in Action Guest Blog

Be inspired by stories from artists and educators that highlight the many ways that the arts can bring learning alive for young people in classrooms and communities across BC. Read the Arts Integration in Action guest blog! And if you have a story to share, let us know!

Past Initiatives

The Infusion Cohort program took place from September 2012 to June 2015. Six professional artists collaborated with a team of educators in six elementary schools across British Columbia to discover and develop ways to bring arts integration based practices into the classroom. This learning adventure inspired an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Learn more.

Visit the ArtStarts Gallery between April and Septmeber 2015 to see student artwork from the Infusion Champion Schools in the current exhibition, At the Intersection: Where Art and Education Meet.