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Teaching Artistry, Community Groups, Community Artists
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The Work of Teaching Artists

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Teaching Artistry, Community Groups, Community Artists
Course Description

This course has been designed by the longstanding and expert team of teaching artists and staff at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, considered by many to be the birthplace of teaching artistry. In this course - The Work of Teaching Artists - Lincoln Center Education (LCE) will guide you through their systematic approach to arts education, demonstrating the skills needed for teaching artists to activate the artistry of others. You will be introduced to LCE’s seven “Purpose Threads,” which provide a framework for understanding the teaching artist field, and experience a step-by-step approach to the “Work of Art Thread,” based on LCE’s more than 40-year history in aesthetic education. Throughout the course, you will view and practice a range of facilitation strategies and learn about a planning process that is applicable in a variety of educational settings.


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Session 1: Building Environments for Engagement (June 1, 2022)
This session introduces Lincoln Center Education’s Fundamentals of Teaching Artistry and investigates the ways teaching artists establish safe and engaging learning environments through their facilitation skills. These include use of language, management of space and movement, and formation of groups, along with monitoring learner readiness for engagement.
12 lessons
1. Introduction
2. The Work of the Teaching Artist - What do we Mean by Engagement?
3. Strategies for Engagement
4. Examples of Engagement-Focus: Creating a Safe Environment for Engagement
5. Reflective Journal Activity - Building Strategies for Engagement
6. Examples of Engagement
7. Safe Environments Continued
8. Reflective Journal Activity - Safety and Engagement
9. Forum Activity - Strategies for Engagement
10. Examples of Engagement-Focus: Language
11. Examples of Engagement-Focus: Management of Space and Movement (Formation of Groupings)
12. Lesson Design Assignment
Session 2: Planning and Designing Workshop Experiences (June 8, 2022)
In this session, participants will create activities that open up artistic processes to engage their students. These activities build on each other, highlighting participant choice-making and discovery.
11 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Forum Activity - What is "Choice" and What does it involve?
3. Crafting Artistic Choices
4. Crafting Artistic Choices (Continued) - Workshop Analysis
5. Characteristics of Good Design (Design Principles)
6. Having Key Ideas in an Essential Question Focuses a Workshop
7. A Line of Inquiry is Open and Also Focused
8. Forum Activity - Writing a Line of Inquiry
9. Coherent Build
10. Proportion
11. Concluding Activities
Session 3: Integrating Inquiry and Reflective Practices (June 15, 2022)
In this session participants use questions to guide the flow of a conversation from observation through analysis into interpretation. They will identify and practice specific questions that foster inquiry and reflection - practices that help students learn to pose their own questions.
10 lessons
1. Introduction: What is Inquiry?
2. Forum Activity - Questions and Learning
3. A Dialogue Framework: Describe, Analyze, Interpret
4. The Dialogue Framework: Activity
5. Collage Activity - Describe, Analyze, Interpret
6. Guidelines for Questioning
7. Eliciting Questions
8. Teaching Artists in Action: Workshop Examples
9. What is Reflection?
10. Integrating Inquiry and Reflection – Final Activity
Session 4: Activating Artistry and LCE’s Work of Art Thread (June 22, 2022)
This session builds on the previous sessions. Now we zero in on “Activating Artistry” and consider how it lives at the center of teaching artist practice. We introduce the LCE’s “Purpose Threads,” which identify types of practice across the field of teaching artistry according to intention. This session sets special focus on Lincoln Center Education’s “Work of Art Thread,” in which teaching artists seek to deepen their students’ personal engagement with works of art.
12 lessons
1. Introduction to Session Four
2. Activating Artistry
3. Activity: Final Project
4. Reflective Journal Activity - Activating the Artistry of Others
5. Activating the Artistry of Your Participants
6. Activity: The Teaching Artist Purpose Threads
7. The TA Purpose Threads
8. Reflective Journal Activity -The TA Purpose Threads
9. Introducing LCE's Work of Art Thread
10. LCE's Work of Art Thread
11. Creating Your Own Work of Art Activity Plan
12. Review of TA Skills & Resources
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors And Guests
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If a student signs up for The Basics of Teaching Artistry program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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