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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.
Arts Leadership and Administration Interludes
Building a Strong Voice for Arts Education in Tennessee
Presenter: 
Stephen Coleman
, Madyson Gibbins, Dottie Love, Brandon Middlebrooks, and Bekah Sauls
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Monday
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ArtsEd Tennessee is launching a free online course, designed to advance knowledge and understanding of arts education advocacy and provide immediate action steps. The course, “Building a Strong Voice for Arts Education”, is appropriate for a broad audience with varying degrees of engagement in arts education, including teachers, students, administrators, parents, and community arts and culture organizations. Learning activities are grouped into three themes: the role of the individual advocate, existing policies and laws that impact arts education in Tennessee, and tools and opportunities for engagement.
Tennessee Arts Commission: Arts Education Grants and Programs
Presenter: 
Julia Stark
, Madyson Gibbins, Dottie Love, Brandon Middlebrooks, and Bekah Sauls
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Chris Sweatt
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Tuesday
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The Tennessee Arts Commission offers a variety of funding opportunities and arts education programming for arts educators and students that includes all ninety-five Tennessee counties. In this session, participants will meet with the agency's arts education team. They will provide tips for successful grant applications, which will be especially helpful for first-time applicants. Specific topics will include the student ticket subsidy program, the teaching artist roster, Poetry Out Loud, and arts education annual grants.
Leadership Supporting Arts
Presenter: 
Catherine Stephens
, Madyson Gibbins, Dottie Love, Brandon Middlebrooks, and Bekah Sauls
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Wednesday
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In this session, leaders will learn tips and ideas for supporting the arts across all ages from kindergarten through twelfth grade. They will hear about the work happening in Tullahoma City Schools and learn how all stakeholders can work together to celebrate and support arts education.
Arts Rich Schools of the Year Panel Discussion
Presenter: 
Representatives from the 2023-2024 Winning Schools
, Madyson Gibbins, Dottie Love, Brandon Middlebrooks, and Bekah Sauls
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Thursday
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The Arts Rich Schools Program and Awards seeks to celebrate and recognize innovative and resourceful schools that provide arts rich educational curricula and programming for their students and the communities in which they live. This session offers a chance to hear from 2024 TAA Arts Rich Schools of the Year: the Bright School, Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School, and Stewarts Creek High School. There will be a moderated panel discussion with an opportunity for audience questions.
Music Related Interludes
Building Community, One Student at a Time
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jeffrey Ames
 
 
 
Wednesday
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In this session, participants will examine the valuable resources that students can provide to establish a safe and inclusive community within a classroom.
Academy Chorale
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Felicia Barber
 
 
 
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 Felicia Barber, the Academy’s secondary choral instructor.
Lesson and Activity Sharing for Elementary Music Teachers
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
David Chambers
 
 
 
Monday
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Some lessons and activities are repeated every year because they meet the state of Tennessee standards and students enjoy them! This session will offer the opportunity for teachers to network with other elementary music teachers across the state and share their own successful lessons and activities, along with examples from the presenter. This interlude will be excellent for teachers early in their careers so that they can add new “tools” to their tool kit!
Fostering Independence Through Small Groups
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Julie Derges
 
 
 
Wednesday
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To become independent musicians, students need opportunities to make decisions for themselves, try out ideas, and even make mistakes. In this interlude, a framework for facilitating student projects in small groups will be explored. Participants will take part in activities that create folk dances, arrange cover songs, and compose new pieces to express ideas.
Loving Unconditionally In Your Classroom and Beyond: A True Story of Survival
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Ruth E. Dwyer
 
 
 
Wednesday
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Ruth Dwyer had fifteen years of successful, joyful, and safe teaching experiences in a small community. Then she got married, moved to a bigger city, took a new job in a hostile atmosphere, sold a house, and her husband ended up in the hospital. All within three months! She survived to teach another thirty years. This session will include a discussion about how to find balance in life, even in difficult circumstances.
Processes and Procedures vs. Pedagogy: Which is More Important?
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
John D. Easley
 
 
 
Monday
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This session will show the importance of processes, procedures, and pedagogy, and demonstrate how they must coexist. The session will also place emphasis on classroom management and other factors that can help or hinder the effectiveness of the pedagogy.
Ten Great Pieces in 45 Minutes: Selecting Repertoire With Authenticity and Diversity in Mind
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Arris Golden
 
 
 
Wednesday
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During this Interlude, participants will examine the repertoire selection process and share methods to support the selection and programming of music. The session will help educators discover music that is authentic in its use of music from other cultures, and supportive to broader collaborations through better understandings of the music’s origin stories.
Copyright, Self-publishing, and Digital Music
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Scott Harris
 
 
 
Monday
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Participants in this session will gain a clear understanding of copyright and licensing rules. They will discover how to make arrangements and compositions available to other educators and musicians through Hal Leonard’s self-publishing platform, ArrangeMe.com.
Moving and Dancing with Friends
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jacque Schrader and Richard  Layton
 
 
 
Wednesday
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Participants will learn mixers and folk dances that are kid-tested favorites. No movement experience is required, just joyful participation.
Creativity and Innovation: More Than Buzz Words!
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Robert Russell Pethel
 
 
 
Monday
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Wednesday
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This session will explore ways that creativity and innovation can be more than surface level topics. Guided by topics from George Couros’s The Innovator’s Mindset, participants will explore practical and conceptual topics that can transform the teaching and learning experience for both the students and the educator.
Theatre And Dance Related Interludes
Hamilton’s Graphic Design Journey: Nine Rejected Proposals for Hamilton’s Cover Art
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jonathan Bernstein
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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The now-iconic image from the musical Hamilton wasn’t always the front runner. Participants in this session will take a deep-dive into the process of determining how advertising can and should complement the show.

Cheap and Sustainable Theatre Practices: Save Money and the Environment
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Andy Bleiler
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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The words “sustainable”, “green”, “eco-friendly”, “low-carbon footprint”, and “zero waste” have been thrown around lately. But how do any of these terms relate to the theatre? Come find out how these words can be put into action, and how money can be saved while helping the environment. This workshop will offer ideas that can be used right away and will suggest ways to lower the impact on the environment. Every drop helps to fill the bucket.

Lindy Hop and the Big Apple Dance for All Ages
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Barry Blumenfeld
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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Barry Blumenfeld will teach the basics of the Big Apple dance and the Lindy Hop, which are social dances from the Harlem Renaissance. Blumenfeld will also share fully developed units for all ages from kindergarten through grade twelve, from DEL’s Tracing Footsteps Curriculum project. No prior dance training is necessary to take this class.

Groove in the Galleries: This World is Full of Wonderful Sounds
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Olivia Aston Bosworth
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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From crunching apples to the hissing steam of a train engine, people have recorded every last peep from this planet. Well, all but one: the sound of art. Come capture the quiet, round up the roars, gather the giggles, and make some noise with Olivia Aston Bosworth using drama and art interpretation strategies based on her collaboration with the High Museum of Art and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn how to engage young people in interpretation through play!

Shakespeare Games
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Katie Bruno
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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This session will make use of fun and engaging games that use Shakespeare's language. These activities will help students to become more comfortable with speaking and understanding commonly used words and phrases throughout the canon.

Shadow Puppet Play
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Alicia Fuss
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Explore the magical world of shadow puppetry in this hands-on workshop tailored to the needs of elementary educators! Learn how to guide a shadow puppetry sequence with students and discover budget-friendly tips for creating shadow puppets.

The Wild World of Commedia
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Sarah Hankins
   
Wednesday
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Thursday
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Explore outrageous characters in this session through movement, vocal exercises, and games that will inspire students to break out of their comfort zones. Commedia influences can be found in plays ranging from Molière to the musical Babydoll to the play One Man, Two Guvnors. Help students to explore the ridiculous miser Pantalone, the over-the-top Ingenues, and the brash (yet cowardly) Capitano.

Creative Chaos
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Denice Hicks
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Participants in this session will experience exercises that get players out of their heads and into their creativity, ending with a game called "Zen Garden," a meditative, physical improv exercise.

Elementary and Middle School Scripts from Theatre Rights Worldwide
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jim Hoare
 Catherine Daigle 
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 TRW Plays, including Shakespeare Young@Part. Licensing experts Jim Hoare and Catherine Daigle will describe the many advantages and possibilities for producing a Young@Part show. Titles that will be reviewed include Imaginary (new from the West End), The Addams Family, All Shook Up, Spamalot, Miss Nelson is Missing!, The Wind in the Willows, and We Will Rock You. During the workshop, questions and concerns about the theatrical licensing process will also be addressed.

New High School Edition Scripts from Theatre Rights Worldwide
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Jim Hoare
 Catherine Daigle 
Thursday
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In this session, free musical scripts will be distributed to all participants and new TRW Plays will be introduced. Approved changes, creative casting suggestions, low-tech production resources, props, sets, SFX, accompaniment tracks, and projections will be discussed. School editions for The Olympians, an Epic Muse-ical (a new release); 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.

Curiosity for Connection and Learning
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Lynn Hoare
   
Monday
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How can we promote curiosity in students as a way to engage them in learning, help them connect with each other, and find wonder in the world? This is a brief introduction to the importance of curiosity, creativity, and wonder through movement and theatre exercises.

Creating Spaces of Belonging
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Lynn Hoare
   
Wednesday
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This interactive workshop will offer strategies that explore and celebrate individual difference as a way to create spaces of caring and belonging.

Voice and the Power of Breath
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Tia James
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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Tia James will lead the company through an exploration of voice, focusing on the power of breath. Have you ever been in flow? This flow state can happen more often than we think. Instead of relying on a magical moment to arrive, you have the power to prime your environment with your most powerful tool: your presence. In this workshop participants will gain a deeper relationship with their own instrument through the power of breath.

History Has its Eyes on You
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Ryan Kasprzak
   
Monday
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Wednesday
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Separate fact from fiction and learn about the creative process that turned American history into the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. This workshop offers an inside look into the hidden gems of Hamilton and traces the connectivity of historical facts as they appear in theatrical metaphors. Discuss the Hamilton education program and brainstorm how historical fiction can inspire future interdisciplinary artistic collaboration.

Disability and the Theatre Classroom: Strategies for Creating an Inclusive Classroom Community for Diverse Learners
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Carla Lahey
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Participants in this session will learn practical strategies for making middle and high school theatre classrooms into more inclusive and accessible space for students with disabilities. This will be developed through presentations, video examples, and group discussions.

Early Literacy and the Arts
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Cassie LeFevor
   
Tuesday
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This session will provide ways to use the arts to create meaningful experiences with children's literature, including topics such as partner work, sequence and storytelling, character, and much more. Using the story examples “Jack and the Beanstalk”, Charlotte’s Web, and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, participants will explore strategies to make any story come alive for students.

Incorporating Storytelling into Reading and Writing
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Luke McGuire
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Geared towards the needs of elementary educators, this session utilizes bodies, voices, and imagination to teach participants how to build a story through physical interaction. Students will be able to see words leap off the page as they use these games to bring words to life!

Collaborative Storytelling
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Mileah Milstead
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Participants will experience and learn to guide collaborative storytelling. The session will cover improvising and creating, as well as play writing and performance.

Mindful Movement Improvisation: Focus, Leading, and Following through Flocking
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Amanda Cantrell Roche
   
Thursday
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Participants in this session will experience the improvisational dance technique called flocking. This is a great tool for developing focus while also providing a calming movement activity that can be integrated into literature. While this technique works well with second graders and older students, it is adaptable for younger students. It can also include the added layer of poetry or short stories to be read aloud for movement prompts and visualization. Flocking is a great way to bring wit and wisdom literature to life!

Theatre Connections
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
 Theatre Core Faculty
   
Tuesday
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Thursday
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Core 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
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
David Arnold  
  
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.

Artist Unveiled
Presenter: 
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Presenters: 
Alex Carmona  
  
Tuesday
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Join a printmaking workshop and engage in a conversation about one artist’s journey. Explore the challenges and triumphs of his experience evolving into a full-time artist. Discover the resilience needed to thrive in the art world and learn about the continuous growth that shapes an art career.

Exploring Educational Opportunities at the Frist Art Museum
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Shaun GilesEllen  O'Brien
  
Wednesday
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Join educators from the Frist Art Museum to hear about upcoming exhibitions for the 2024-2025 academic year. The presenters will give an overview of opportunities to connect through guided school group tours, self-guided visits and activities, hands-on art experiences in the Martin ArtQuest, virtual programming, teacher resources, and educator workshops.

Unexpected: Experimenting with Watercolor and Oil Pastels!
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Bill Hickerson  
  
Tuesday
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In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to apply oil pastels; first to act as a resist and to be used over, or instead of watercolor, to add interest and energy when painting. This session is designed for Visual Art Recognition Day students, but any TAA participant may attend.

Architecture and Similar Design Careers
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Kem Hinton  
  
Monday
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Wednesday
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This session will serve as an introduction to the field of architecture and related design professions. The presentation will provide information to teachers with the hope that they will encourage promising students to enter these exciting and rewarding careers.

Upper Middle/Secondary Lesson Swap
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Janet Laws  
  
Monday
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In this session, participants will bring a successful lesson to share. At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with new lessons and ideas to bring to their own classrooms.

How to Draw Heads
Presenter: 
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Presenters: 
Alitha Martinez  
  
Tuesday
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Learn to draw the human head by the math, not by stylistic choices, with step-by-step instructions. It's easy to follow and it's for absolutely everyone, from the most advanced artist to bare beginners.

Diamond Fold Accordion Book with Custom Paper Covers
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Mike Mitchell  
  
Monday
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In this simple but sophisticated twist on a basic accordion fold, session participants will make at least one diamond folded accordion book. These books can be an incredible resource for students; they can use them to take notes on a specific topic like elements and principles of design, use them as amazing celebration cards for any occasion, or see them as an opportunity to investigate sculpture through bookmaking.

Creating and Dramatically Documenting Found Object Sculpture (The Super Cheap and Easy Way)
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Mike Mitchell  
  
Wednesday
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In this session participants will quickly make a found object sculpture and then learn to document it using paper backdrop and cell phone flashlight. This procedure will capture dramatic shadows that rival studio photographs, which will take students’ and teachers’ breath away! It’s an easy but dynamic way to bring sculpture into the classroom using Brancusi’s adjacent photography practice as a historical jumping off point. These techniques are appropriate for students ranging from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Elementary/Lower Middle Lesson Swap
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Virginia Nix  
  
Monday
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In this session, participants will bring a successful lesson to share. At the end of the  workshop, participants will leave with new lessons and ideas to bring to their own classrooms.

Exploring Opportunities with Tennessee Art Education Association
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Janis NunnallyTAEA  Board Members
  
Monday
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This session will provide information about the benefits of membership in the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) and National Art Education Association (NAEA). Janis Nunnally will facilitate the discussion along with members of the 2024 Tennessee Art Education Association.

Twist and Dye
Presenter: 
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Presenters: 
Kim Shamblin and Ken Snyder  
  
Thursday
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Step into a kaleidoscopic world where ordinary fabric transforms into a vibrant masterpiece, creativity knows no bounds, and every twist and swirl of color tells a story. Session participants are requested to bring an item they own to tie-dye during the workshop.

Storyboarding Art Teaching and Learning Transformations
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Debrah Sickler-Voigt  
  
Thursday
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This workshop will apply the presenter’s model of transformative art education, illustrating how to cultivate positive transformations for the greater good, whether they be large or small, individualized or collective. The empowering methods shared will help participants to achieve their desired goals through conversation, storyboarding, and visualizing achievable actions.

Book Reading and Signing with Cassie Stephens
Presenter: 
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Presenters: 
Cassie Stephens  
  
Wednesday
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With twenty-five years of art teacherin’ under her colorful belt, Cassie Stephens has stepped out of the classroom to share her practices in her new venture as an author. Join Stephens as she shares, reads from, and signs her book Art Teacherin’ 101 and her children’s books, Larry the Line and Alfred the Ape Knows His Shapes.

Wayne Thiebaud-Inspired Abstract Landscapes
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Laura Sturgill  
  
Wednesday
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In this hands-on session, participants will observe and gain inspiration from the work of Wayne Thiebaud. They will use oil pastels and tempera paint to create an abstracted version of a landscape.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Student Engagement
Presenter: 
Presenters: 
Presenters: 
Christopher Taylor  
  
Thursday
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This session will demonstrate a way to develop an equitable, diverse, and inclusive lesson plan that will increase student engagement.

Cold Connection Art Supply Jewelry
Presenter: 
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Presenters: 
Constance Tutor  
  
Monday
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Learn how to create a pendant or earrings out of colored pencils using cold connections. Basic jewelry making skills are helpful but not necessary.

The Power of Performance: Puppetry and Arts
Presenter: 
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Bailey Woods  
  
Wednesday
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In this session participants will observe a lesson in puppetry. They will see how the multifaceted lesson involves practical skill building (such as sewing), group work, and creative expression

Visual Art Studio Connections
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 Visual Art Faculty  
  
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 2024 Tennessee Arts Academy.
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