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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.
This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.
Session 1: Building Environments for Engagement (October 23, 2019)
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.
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 (October 30, 2019)
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.
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
11. Concluding Activities
Session 3: Integrating Inquiry and Reflective Practices (November 6, 2019)
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.
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 (November 13, 2019)
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.
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
Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.
Fundamentals of Teaching Artistry
- Understanding of the fundamentals of teaching artistry.
- Capacity to develop a teaching artist workshop plan.
- Ability to use questions to catalyze curiosity and reflection.
- Ability to apply your studio practices to develop your teaching artistry.
- Develop skills to activate the artistry of others.
- Ability to facilitate your student’s engagement with works of art.
The Teaching Artist Purpose Threads
- Understanding of Lincoln Center Education’s “Work of Art Thread”
- Ability to analyze the work of teaching artists by applying LCE’s “Purpose Threads” framework.
Instructors & Guests
John Holyoke is currently a Lead Instructional Specialist at Lincoln Center Education. He oversees educational content design across multiple program areas and helps facilitate professional development for visiting teachers and LCE’s teaching artist faculty. John began work at LCE as a teaching artist and lead teaching artist over fifteen years ago. He has served as Assistant Director of Higher Education Partnerships at Lincoln Center Education and as Senior Program Manager for over a decade. In these roles, John helped to foster many partnerships and supported curriculum design in both Higher Education and LCE’s Focus School Collaborative, grades K-12. He has conducted countless workshops at schools of education throughout New York City, Lincoln Center’s Summer Forum, and various conferences across the region and country. His areas of expertise include experiential lesson design and inquiry driven facilitation.
John worked as an actor and writer/director for many years in both New York and Seattle, where he was a co-founder of the Compound Theater.
Jean is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, working extensively in their local programs and international consultancies. She received Lincoln Center’s Directors Emeriti Award in 2012. Jean teaches Theatrical Clown and Aesthetic Inquiry for The New School for Drama’s BFA and MFA programs and has taught Theatrical Clown for The Barrow Group for over 15 years. She represented LCE at the International Teaching Artist Conferences in Oslo, Norway, Brisbane, Australia and most recently in Edinburgh, Scotland.
As a performer, Jean and director Eric Nightengale presented a trilogy of their devised work, True Hazards of Childhood, Pants and Skirts, and Elsinore or Bust for a month of performances at The Barrow Group. Jean’s earlier devised work Wild Hair was developed with a grant from the Maxine Greene Foundation and performed at Dixon Place, The Barrow Group Theatre, Mount Tremper Arts, and The Flynn Center in Vermont. Her current work, Stop/Slow (A Flagger’s Lament), will premiere in Spring 2018.
Additional performing work includes The Reclamation with Hilary Easton + Company and Snatches, a play begun at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s New End Theatre, and presented on BBC Radio 4. Also for the 78th Street Theatre Lab: Beckett’s Rockaby, Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare, and Arlene Hutton’s See Rock City
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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