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Interludes

Interludes provide Academy participants with the opportunity to receive cross-disciplinary training. Every afternoon from Monday to Thursday, a variety of workshops are offered in each TAA content discipline. Participants may attend any workshop in any area to learn more about a familiar topic or to explore something new.

General Interest Interludes
Balloons in the Classroom
Presenter: 
Sam Cremeens
 
 
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Thursday
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In this interlude, Sam the Balloon Man (aka Sam Cremeens) will demonstrate the value of using balloons in the classroom, especially in the visual and performing arts. Discussion will include instruction on how to twist a balloon dog (we all have to start with the basics) and how to use balloons as a performing tool.
Integrating the Arts through Literature
Presenter: 
Ronda Friend
 
 
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Tuesday
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Thursday
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In this interlude, author Ronda Friend will incorporate storytelling, music, poetry, audience participation, history, humor, and character-building lessons. The unique and innovative approach she will share is one that will motivate both teachers and students alike. Everyone present will have the opportunity to participate in a memorable session that will connect generations, tickle funny bones, and touch the heart.
Yoga at Work: Move Your Body, Move Your Mood
Presenter: 
Catherine Harris
 
 
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Tuesday
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Moving the body is one of the most effective ways to cope with stress. In this presentation, attendees will practice a gentle yoga flow that can be done right at their desks. Through practicing a few simple ways to move the body while both seated and standing, attendees will learn how to incorporate yoga into their daily routines as well as the benefits of yoga for stress relief, self-care, and overall well-being.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: Simple Practices to Manage Stress and Promote Self-care Around the Clock
Presenter: 
Catherine Harris
 
 
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Thursday
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The pandemic experience over the last two years, has led more workplaces to prioritize conversations about self-care and stress relief. This session will focus on the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion practices for promoting stress relief, managing burnout, and building sustainable ways to provide care around the clock. Participants will do three mindful self-compassion exercises so they can personally experience the practice. They will also discuss ways to bring compassionate mindful attention into their daily routines.
Story Exchange: Building Empathy and Community
Presenter: 
Amanda Roche
 
 
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Narrative 4 has used its Story Exchange narrative programs to help students across the globe learn to find their own voice and agency while listening and valuing the voices of others. This interactive workshop will model the Story Exchange person narrative process and invite participants to share a short story of their own.
Arts Leadership and Administration Interludes
ArtsEd TN: Bringing the Power of the Arts to all Students
Presenter: 
Stephen Coleman
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Laurie Schell
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Monday
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ArtsEd Tennessee champions policies that promote access to quality arts education for all students. This session will provide an overview of ArtsEd Tennessee’s current policy work and share plans for building the capacity of local arts education advocates.
Collaborative Strategies for Program Building in Times of Change
Presenter: 
Dru Davison
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Tuesday
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When continuity and stability are present in communities and schools, arts educators report significant benefits and program growth. But if change is a constant variable, frustration and burnout can occur. In this session, participants will unpack strategies for growth by purposefully involving students, parents, department team members, school administrators and other stakeholders. Participants will learn how to anticipate and overcome challenges such as fluctuating student enrollment or school personnel changes.
Reflective Drawing
Presenter: 
Amanda Galbraith
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Thursday
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In this session, participants will experiment with what it means to draw while exploring how reflective drawing can be used in the classroom and professionally through a series of questions and exercises. These activities are designed to document learning, share experiences, and generate conversation.
Tennessee State of the Arts Study
Presenter: 
Tiffany Kerns
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Todd Shipley
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 Tricia Williams
Wednesday
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Participants in this session will meet Tiffany Kerns, Todd Shipley, and Tricia Williams for an update on the Tennessee State of the Arts Study. This will be a great opportunity to meet the driving forces behind this first-of-its kind statewide arts education landscape analysis. The session will include an open discussion based on preliminary key findings and explore ways that the study’s results can be used for policymaking, district planning, development of resources and support systems, and investment or philanthropic activities.
Music Related Interludes
Create, Move, and Play: A Poetic Informance
Presenter: 
Candace and Elijah Adams
 
 
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Monday
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In this session, poetry, movement, play, and instruments will be combined into one “informance.” Participants will learn how easy and beneficial this concept can be in their elementary music classrooms. Through the practice of informance, an amazing number of ideas are generated, and the final form of a piece is always a surprise.
Academy Chorale
Presenter: 
Sandra Babb
 
 
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Tuesday
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Thursday
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Please come and join other participants as the Academy Chorale prepares a program of music to be performed at the Academy luncheon on Friday. The Academy Chorale performs under the direction of Sandra Babb, the Academy’s secondary choral instructor.
Re-igniting the Spark—Helping Post-pandemic Students Rediscover their Passion for the Arts
Presenter: 
Brenda Gregory
 
 
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Monday
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Young artists have faced innumerable obstacles during the recent pandemic. For many students, virtual learning, social isolation, and lack of routine have extinguished much of the fire and passion for performing. Participants in this session will explore ways to rekindle the desire for artistic expression—in their students as well as themselves.
Music Is Everywhere: An Experience in Body Percussion, Chants, and Improvisation
Presenter: 
Otto Gross
 
 
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Monday
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Music lives inside everyone in diverse ways and can make people feel more connected to others. In this session, Otto Gross will use chants, movement, body percussion, found sounds, and the popular “Daily Ditties” social media series to help spark creativity and connection.
Why Can’t They Just Sit Still and Listen? Myths and Realities of ADHD
Presenter: 
Alice Hammel
 
 
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Wednesday
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Students with ADHD often struggle to be understood in the arts classroom. This interlude will offer information and strategies to use when teaching students who struggle with paying attention. The session will also investigate some myths about students with ADHD and ways that teachers can support them.
Millennials and Beyond: Why We Need Fine Arts Now More than Ever!
Presenter: 
Mark  Kinzer
 
 
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Monday
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Good teacher to teacher and teacher to student relationships help build strong cultures in schools and are integral to connecting and educating generations of students. The fine arts strengthen these connections and help build communities that demonstrate empathy and understanding. In this session, the traits and characteristics of different generations will be examined, with an emphasis on how to interact and engage these generations accordingly. This is important, because social science and research has shown that learning and engaging often look different from generation to generation.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It! Getting Your Ideas Into Print
Presenter: 
Corin Overland
 
 
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Wednesday
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This session is for anyone who has ever wanted to put their ideas into print and turn them into a column, essay, or published academic article. In this interlude, instructor Corin Overland will introduce participants to the world of writing and publishing, including tips for how to hone ideas and finesse writing to meet the needs of a specific audience. Additionally, the session will cover ways to avoid some of the most problematic issues seen by editors. The techniques that will be shared are ones that everyone—from complete beginners to seasoned authors—can use.
Purposeful Movement for the Singing Classroom
Presenter: 
Kay Piña
 
 
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Wednesday
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This workshop will explore purposeful movement for the singing classroom. Participants will engage in a purposeful movement lesson with singing at the center of the activity. At the close of the session, participants will leave with a classroom-ready lesson.
Using Folk Dance to Foster Community and Social Engagement
Presenter: 
Julia Heath Reynolds
 
 
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Monday
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Although folk dance is commonly used in the elementary music classroom, it is not used as often as it could be to develop social engagement in secondary classrooms. Folk dance is an enjoyable and artful way to encourage active participation in a wide variety of curricula. This interlude will share multiple folk dances and show how these dances can help students and community members of all ages actively participate in music classes.
The Magical Drum
Presenter: 
Matthew Stensrud
 
 
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Wednesday
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In this interlude, participants will turn their bodies into drums and then harness the true magic of hand drums through sound, body, and dance. Activities in the session will unpack the power and drama that is drum-playing.
Representing Cultural Diversity in Arts Classes
Presenter: 
Lois U. Wiggins
 
 
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Wednesday
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This session will provide resources for developing a comprehensive, culturally sensitive curriculum for arts classes.
Theatre And Dance Related Interludes
Theatre Curriculum Caring and Sharing: Kindergarten through Sixth Grade
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Nancy Beard
 Ryan Palombo 
Thursday
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In this interlude, kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will be encouraged to share their favorite classroom activities, teaching tips, and theatre lesson plans with other teachers from across the state. Theatre facilitators Nancy Beard and Ryan Palombo will lead the session.
If Wyle E. Coyote Can Do It, So Can I
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Andy Bleiler
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Have you ever wondered how cartoon characters can paint a tunnel into a wall that looks completely realistic? Have you wanted to paint your scenery to look amazing, but were overwhelmed in the paint aisle? This workshop will cover basic methods for making sets and will also share some tips and tricks that may give participants the boost of confidence that they need. Because the time frame is short, and to avoid messy conditions, no actual painting will happen during the workshop.
The Play’s the Thing
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Katie Bruno
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Join Nashville Shakespeare Festival educators to learn and practice strategies for getting students fully engaged in Shakespeare’s texts. This collaborative workshop will focus on the element of play by stepping into the moment with an actor’s approach. This workshop is designed for participants who teach grades five through twelve.
Shakespeare Interrupted!
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Denice Hicks
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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In this interlude, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival will share a fresh take on how to present the Bard’s plays in schools. With a focus on the Nashville Shakes’s 2023 touring versions of Macbeth and The Tempest, the session will include discussion about how and why these plays should be kept in action. This workshop is designed for participants who teach grades five through twelve.
Exploring Rhythm and Rhyme
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Faith Hillis
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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Through the use of non-verbal and poetry-based arts strategies, participants will explore group activities that encourage connection and self-expression among students and adult learners.
New Elementary and Middle School Scripts from TRW—Theatre Rights Worldwide!
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jim Hoare
   
Wednesday
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In this session, free musical scripts will be distributed to all participants. Both Young@Part, (TRW’s Broadway musicals for middle schools) and Younger@Part (for elementary schools) will be introduced, along with new TRW plays, including Shakespeare Young@Part. Licensing expert Jim Hoare will describe the many advantages and possibilities for producing a Young@Part show. Titles that will be reviewed include The Addams Family, All Shook Up, Spamalot, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Wind in the Willows, We Will Rock You, and How I Became a Pirate. During the workshop, questions and concerns about the theatrical licensing process will also be addressed.
New High School Edition Scripts from TRW—Theatre Rights Worldwide!
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jim Hoare
   
Thursday
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In this session, free musical scripts will be distributed to all participants and TRW Plays will be introduced. Approved changes, creative casting suggestions (the importance of using more girls), low-tech production resources, props, sets, SFX, accompaniment tracks, and projections will be discussed. School editions for The Prom, All Shook Up, Bright Star, Beehive, The Addams Family, Spamalot, Ring of Fire, and We Will Rock You will be introduced. During the workshop, questions and concerns about the theatrical licensing process will also be addressed.
Social Dance for All Students
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Colleen Hughes
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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Colleen Hughes will show how social dance can be a joyful and affirming experience for all students. Lace up those saddle shoes and get ready to swing in a class that emphasizes agency, consent, and fun!
Roll the Dice
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Kendra Kahl
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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This session will explore the fun of aleatory storytelling. Participants will work with Story Cubes and other dice tools to start and continue narratives. What will happen next? Only the dice and the imagination can tell!
Theatre Curriculum Caring and Sharing: Seventh through Twelfth Grade
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jennifer Keith
 Lea MarshallPollyanna Parker
Tuesday
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In this interlude, upper middle school and high school participants will be encouraged to share their favorite classroom activities, teaching tips, and theatre lesson plans with other teachers from across the state. Theatre facilitators Jennifer Keith, Lea Marshall, and Pollyanna Parker will lead the session.
The Art of Improv
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
E. Roy  Lee
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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In this session, participants will move beyond the usual theatre games and learn how to teach the fundamentals of improvisation in an engaging way. The class will explore exercises designed to tap into the skills needed to succeed at improv.
Creating a Shadow Puppet Play with Students in Elementary Grades
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Morgan Matens
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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In this session, Morgan Matens will teach participants how to create literature-based puppet shows in their classrooms. The process is one that enables students to develop their own shadow plays while gaining important skills including writing, art, performance, and collaboration.
Multisensory Theatre
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Mileah Milstead
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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This interlude is designed for elementary school educators. Attendees will learn about multisensory theatre and discover ways to incorporate all five senses into the classes that they teach.
Moving, Grooving, and Feeling Good
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Mila Parrish
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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In this session, Mila Parrish will address posture, alignment, core strength, breath, and relaxation. Participants will investigate breathing techniques, movement exercises, and other simple, enjoyable ways to bring movement into the classroom and into daily life.
Making a Story Your Own
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Susan Ramsay
   
Tuesday
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Folk tales from around the world are public domain and belong to everyone. However, learning a folk tale from a recording or a book can result in a version of the tale as it was recorded, instead of how the teller created it. In this session, participants will take the outline of a folk tale and learn how to craft it into their own unique version of the story.
Haunted Storytelling
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Susan Ramsay
   
Thursday
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Many children and adults enjoy listening to stories that are frightening. Stories that involve a protagonist in a scary situation can shave a positive theme overall, and they can even help listeners face their fears in a safe environment. In this interlude, participants will hear examples of folk tales that have frightening elements, hear suggestions for how to choose and tell such stories, and talk about the guidelines for sharing these types of stories in the classroom.
45-Minute Film School
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Marcelo Tesón
   
Monday
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In this interlude, Marcelo Tesón will teach useful film theory basics. He will explain how to tell a story through visual and dramatic construction and how teachers can use tools that students already have to create short film projects that punch way above their weight class.
One Weird Trick for Filmmaking Success
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Marcelo Tesón
   
Wednesday
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In this session, Marcelo Tesón will demonstrate the fundamental building block of cinema that can be the foundation for anyone who wants to get involved in filmmaking. Despite its discovery more than a hundred years ago, it is a trick that is glossed over in most film schools.
Critical Response Process: A Creative and Supportive Process for Feedback
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Daniel Bird Tobin
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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This session is for anyone who has ever had difficulty offering or receiving feedback about a creative endeavor. Participants will learn Liz Lerman and John Borstel’s Critical Response Process, a method that fosters the exchange of productive, healthy feedback for givers and recipients alike.
Theatre Connections
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
 Theatre Core Faculty
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Theatre instructors will be in their classrooms to answer specific questions about their sessions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.
Visual Art Related Interludes
The Art of Caricature: The Basics
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
David Arnold
 
 
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Monday
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Wednesday
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This interactive drawing workshop will touch on the basics of depicting a live subject as a caricature. It will focus on the step-by-step process of creating a reasonable cartoon likeness of the subject. At the session, all participants will get a workbook, which will allow them to continue honing their skills on their own.
Debates, Controversies, and Critical Thinking in Contemporary Art
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jeremy Blair
 
 
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Wednesday
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In this session, participants will have open-ended discussions and debates about complex social issues and controversies in contemporary art. The ultimate goal of the session is to learn how to integrate social content into discussion, encourage engagement and critical discourse, and facilitate healthy debate that is appropriate for all art classrooms—from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
Microscopic Worlds
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jim Dodson
 
 
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Tuesday
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Participants in this workshop will create abstracted compositions that rely on imagery found in the microscopic world. In the session, images of viruses, bacteria, cells, strands of DNA, and other objects will be layered and combined to bring together the fields of visual art and science. The lesson Jim Dodson will share is one he has successfully used in his own hometown as a true STEAM project. Participants should bring their smart phones to the workshop since they will use them to acquire the images for their compositions.
Tips for Painters
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Beth Edwards
 
 
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Tuesday
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Join artist Beth Edwards for a discussion and video demonstration about making paintings. This session will cover color, composition, glazing, direct painting, and general tips.
Connecting with the Frist Art Museum
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Anne Henderson, Meagan Rust, & Jenneh Kamara
 
 
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Monday
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This session is appropriate for all TAA participants. Staff members from the Frist Art Museum will present a visual overview of the 2022–2023 exhibitions and related online and print resources for educators. They will also share curriculum connections for selected exhibitions.
Together We are Better: AP Roundtable
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Janet Laws
 
 
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Monday
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This session will be an open discussion for AP 2D, drawing, and 3D teachers who will have chance to share ideas, talk about curricula, approaches that have worked well, and ways that teachers can help their students. Participants should come with questions, ideas, best practices, and an enthusiasm for helping students navigate the AP system with success.
Meet The Artist: Alan LeQuire
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Alan LeQuire
 
 
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Monday
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Meet artist Alan LeQuire as he talks about the “Athena women.” These women are the ones who helped him build the statue of Athena in Nashville’s Centennial Park Parthenon, as well as the ones in his suffrage monument, which is also located at the park.
Teaching Clay to K-12: What You Didn’t Learn in College
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Danielle McDaniel
 
 
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Thursday
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In college, most educators learn about clay but not how to teach clay to a class of thirty students and through five classes a day. During this workshop, Danielle the Clay Lady will share the Clay Lady Way—an approach that includes more than thirty years of experience with tested projects, classroom and studio management, and a single-firing technique that guarantees success.
One Sheet Wonders: Make a Book from a Single Sheet of Paper
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Lesley Patterson-Marx
 
 
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Monday
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Wednesday
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In this interlude, participants will learn how to make several different folded book structures—each made from a single sheet of paper that is either 8.5 by 11 inches, or 11 by 17 inches in size.
Twist and Dye
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
David Reynolds
 
 
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Wednesday
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Bring your TAA apron or something cotton and white to this workshop and get ready for some tie dye fun.
Silk Painting
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Kim Shamblin
 
 
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Wednesday
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The process of painting on silk fabric originated in Asian countries such as India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to paint on silk and walk away with a painted creation of their own.
Modern Calligraphy Using Markers
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Ken Snyder
 
 
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Monday
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This session will present lettering tips and tricks that can be accomplished using broad tip markers and materials that are available in most classrooms. The session will share ways to help students find excitement in creating graffiti style lettering or modern calligraphy.
Visual Art Studio Connections
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Presenters: 
 Visual Art Faculty
 
 
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Tuesday
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Thursday
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Visual art participants may use this time to continue working in the studio, talking with their instructors, or networking with fellow teachers about issues and concerns related to the arts and arts education.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2022 Tennessee Arts Academy.
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