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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 2023 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.
Building Connections through Three-Dimensional Art
Thom Knab
Elementary and middle school art educators are invited to explore various media through the creation of three-dimensional artwork. Individual and collaborative work will focus on relationships to writing, social-emotional learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), and more. Connections to the national Visual Arts Standards will be provided.
Art as Stories of Place, Identity, and Environment
Lori Santos
This collaborative workshop guides art educators through curricular mapping exercises utilizing place-based pedagogy. Participants will apply essential ideas focused on stories of place, identity, and environment to create a personalized mixed-media book artwork.
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.
Find Your Artist Voice through Media Explorations, Research Pages, and Sketchbook Adventures
Isolde Beebe
This hands-on workshop will empower teachers to use tools such as visual notes and mind mapping along with art material explorations utilizing pencil, colored pencil, water color, and tempera paint. Participants will investigate artist research pages, including old masters and new artists, and concept explorations that incorporate perspective, surrealism, or color theory. Sketchbooks will be used to discover the artist’s voice through urban sketching, nature journaling, and travel sketching.
Mosaic Faces
Anne Grgich
Anne Grgich will share her self-taught process for utilizing old books, magazines and found objects to create a road map of memory, discovery, and play. In this session, participants will learn about up-cycling to communicate stories. Because faces are platforms to communicate with the viewer, they are the perfect road map of memory, meaning and feeling. Participants will utilize collage, portraiture, and storytelling as they create their own mosaic faces.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2023 Tennessee Arts Academy.