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August 05, 2016

Calling All Teachers for Summer Camp!

ArtStarts Summer Camp 2016

ArtStarts invites teachers (K-12) to be a part of our first Summer Camp, an arts-based professional development event focused on bringing arts integration into classrooms. Summer Camp will take place on August 25 and 26, 2016 in Vancouver, BC.

Through hands-on experiential workshops featuring visual artists, musicians, choreographers, First Nations creative facilitators and more, learn how to bring the new BC curriculum's Big Ideas and Core Competencies to life.

This two-day event offers practical skill-building workshops in movement, environmental art, painting and music, while addressing themes of ecology, social justice and cultural appropriation.

Workshops on Day 1 (August 25, 2016, 9am to 3:30pm):

  • Design Your Own Daily Creative Practice with Marisa Pahl
    Beginning with a series of painting challenges using dierent mediums and surfaces, teachers will learn how to design their own daily creative challenges for their students. Explore concepts of the creative process and thinking, while also learning how to personalize these experiences for each student by creating a blueprint of daily creative challenges.

  • Our Lines Are All Connected: Art Making in Place-Based Education with Rebecca Graham
    The magic of turning local sticks, vines and grasses into meaningful art and cultural objects is transformative for students at many levels. In addition to developing core competencies and manual skills, learners light up with renewed wonder and an exciting sense of personal power. They also gain a deeper awareness of ecology and Aboriginal Peoples, and an experiential understanding of stewardship of their local landscape. Through hands-on projects, presentations and discussion, Rebecca Graham introduces participants to key concepts and practices for using art as the touchstone in meaningful place-based education.

  • Artivism in Classrooms with Rup Sidhu and Nassim Elbardouh
    Investigate the overlaps between music, poetry, photography and social justice. Explore how teachers can work with artists to expand their understanding and awareness of cultural identity and social responsibility. How can Indigenous content be meaningfully integrated into BC's new curriculum? How can we make a more supportive environment for refugee and immigrant youth? Join two experienced facilitators in a hands-on workshop that will explore how the new curriculum can be utilized to create social change.

Workshops on Day 2 (August 26, 2016, 9am to 3:30pm):

  • Strengthening the Circles: Bridging Collaborative Art and Sustainability with Kevin Kimoto
    Creatively exploring the resources available in the circular economy helps open new ways of thinking for educators and students alike. While addressing Core Competencies, participants will be introduced to integrating environmental and sustainability frameworks into their lessons. Covering sources of diverted material, highlighting previous collaborative art projects and a hands-on group building experience, educators will leave with the skills and knowledge on how to apply key concepts to integrate into their lessons.

  • Teaching through Dance... Oh Yes You Can! with Lee Kwidzinski
    Build your condence, discover new ideas and encourage your creative thinking in this supportive environment. Explore new ways to incorporate creative movement into your classroom. Learn how to warm up the students' imagination and facilitate learning through creative movement to teach math concepts, discover the principles of sound and investigate colours (or bring your own areas of interest to life)! No previous movement experience is necessary!

  • Journey from Cultural Appropriation to Appreciation with IndigenEYEZ
    In today's melting-pot world, the line between appropriation and appreciation can often seem blurry. As global citizens, our choices have meanings that are connected to a global context. Cultural appropriation is a lack of respect for the history and practices of another culture. It’s important in reconciliation to understand that a long history of colonization has placed Western Anglo culture in the dominant position. This two-hour workshop, facilitated by IndigenEYEZ, uses an interactive arts process to create a safe container for exploring this sensitive topic.

Summer Camp Details:

  • When: August 25 – 26, 2016, 9am – 3:30pm. Please arrive early.
  • Where: ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC.
  • Cost: Summer Camp is a two-day event. You can register for either one or two days. $150 per day (lunch not included).
  • If you have any questions or for special rates on accommodation, please contact

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