Teachers make the grade in professional development

Pictured, left to right, are Lesley Ahern (Oak Hill), Ann Everman (Green), Lance Estep (West), Kelly Emmons (Wheelersburg), April Deacon (Portsmouth), and sitting at the table is (l to r) Kate Claxon (South Webster) and Anne Caudill (Minford).

NEW BOSTON, Ohio (April 27, 2016) – Area art teachers turned the table recently to become the students, during an Art Teacher Professional Development offered through the Gifted Services Department at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, in New Boston, Ohio.

The two-part development workshop, with guest facilitator Tom Suter from Ohio University Southern Campus, in Ironton, Ohio began at the ESC on March 18. Participants were introduced to the artwork, artists and resources available on the www.Art21.org website. This session also included discussion pertaining to product vs. artistic process, as well as how and why artistic process is valuable to artists and art students. Teachers created their own artwork using new technologies and were then instructed to take what they had learned into their own classrooms. The second session was hosted at the ESC on April 22 where participants brought examples of both their own and student work that reflected what they learned during this workshop.

Video samples of charcoal animations created during the workshop are available on the ESC website, at www.scoesc.org. Materials were provided through a grant from the Boneyfiddle Arts Center.

Art teachers were required to participate in both days of the workshop, to earn one continuing education credit.

The workshop was coordinated by Sharee Price, of the ESC Gifted Services Department. For more information about the ESC, visit online at www.scoesc.org, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.