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Visual Art Sessions

The two visual art areas of the Tennessee Arts Academy explores art from the perspective of production, history, criticism, and aesthetics.  Instructors, whose work has influenced current educational practice and theory, come from around the country to provide stimulating and practical instruction. In addition to the visual art sessions, all participants attend performances, musings, special events and other activities, with plenty of time built in for networking and reflection.

Tennessee Arts Academy 2022 Visual Art Core Classes
Elementary/Lower Middle Visual Art
Focus Areas: Arts Integration, Creative Drama, and Movement
Arts Integration, Creative Drama, and Movement is the focus area for the K – 6 elementary/lower middle theatre sessions. Each day participants will take classes in three areas of study that are especially designed for classroom generalist teachers, librarians, special education, physical education and gifted teachers. Arts Integration will help facilitate the learning process in traditional subject areas. Creative drama will focus on improvisational and non-performance aspects of theatre. A final daily class in movement and dance will be offered. All elementary theatre participants will attend all three classes.

Daily Core Classes

Participants will attend each workshop listed below for two consecutive days and a summary workshop for both sessions on Friday morning.
The Power of Printmaking
Julie Lapping Rivera
Printmaking has a magical quality that never fails to delight students. The tools—from the brayers, barens, and ink to the carving instruments—are exciting. The unique results of the artform’s interactive and novel processes also help students take pride in their work. In this workshop, Julie Lapping Rivera will explore a series of printmaking activities to demonstrate how to teach children new skills over time. Rivera will include suggestions for materials, techniques, themes, and studio organization, that are all based on years of experience working with students. There will also be time for workshop participants to share their own best practices.
Making Collages That Tell a Story
Della Wells
In this workshop, artist Della Wells will share her techniques for making collages that tell stories with paper, fabric, ribbons, magazine cutouts, and other materials. This class will integrate visual storytelling into collage, and students will create two-dimensional works that convey a visual narrative as they learn how to see beyond the materials to create a story-based collage. Participants will also explore how found objects can be used to build three-dimensional collage pillow dolls that become characters from real or imagined stories.
Upper Middle/Secondary Visual Art
The upper middle/secondary theatre sessions (7 – 12) include unique sessions each year in at least three of the following areas: acting, directing, improvisation, criticism, movement, playwriting and technical theatre. Instructors from around the country provide stimulating class sessions that reflect a mix of stage and performance techniques coupled with current trends and the latest research in arts education.

Daily Core Classes

Participants will attend each workshop listed below for two consecutive days and a summary workshop for both sessions on Friday morning.
Interpretive Portraiture
Caren Ginsberg
This workshop is about the fundamentals of interpretive portraiture. Participants will tap into their life experience and understand how to use it to express their subjects in an original way. The workshop will provide a method for creating an intimate relationship with one’s work. It is an open approach that shows that there truly are no wrong turns, and everything is possible.
Multimedia Abstract Art for Poets and Misfits
Jeanne Oliver
Led by Jeanne Oliver, participants will use a variety of media, layers, and texture to create large and small abstract works that build upon each other. Techniques and materials will include fabric dying, stitching, mark-making on vellum, newsprint, and vintage ephemera, as well as the use of wood substrates to create plaster and plexiglass pieces. By the end of the session, artworks made of plaster, stitches, layers, paint, marks, collage, and small compositions will be revealed.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2022 Tennessee Arts Academy.