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Cultivating Creativity for Our Students and Ourselves Through the Studio Habits of Mind

Workshop Details

Date(s): March 31, 2021
Time: 3:00-5:00PM
Place: Virtual meeting
Presenter: Betsy Wolfston and Lauren Suveges, Lane Arts Council
Audience: K-12 educators and counselors
Capacity: 50 participants
Fees: $44
Goals:
  • Attendees will be able to identify the Studio Habits of Mind and/or deepen their understanding of the Studio Habits of Mind.
  • Attendees will be able to observe the Studio Habits of Mind already present in their design process and apply this to a lesson plan or curriculum unit.
  • Attendees will connect with other educators interested in creative and artistic approaches to curriculum design.
Description: Creativity is a 21st century skill, an educational buzzword and a requirement for countless professions and future innovations, but just HOW do we teach creativity to our students? HOW do we cultivate creativity in ourselves and our teaching practice? Join Betsy and Lauren as they share their experiences with the Studio Habits of Mind.

Rooted in decades of research and classroom practices, the Studio Habits of Mind (SHoM) provide a framework for tackling ideas, building social/emotional and artistic skills, developing questions, and cultivating creative solutions beyond the tools and strategies of traditional arts integration. It is a shift of mind.

Explore your current teaching practice through the lens of the SHoM. Engage in simple yet effective exercises that can be done both online and in person. Connect with other educators to find creative processes that empower students to engage in their own learning.

Bring a variety of art materials of your choice and a sketchbook/notebook or loose paper. A pencil will also do just fine!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will be able to identify the Studio Habits of Mind and/or deepen their understanding of the Studio Habits of Mind.
  • Attendees will be able to observe the Studio Habits of Mind already present in their design process and apply this to a lesson plan or curriculum unit.
  • Attendees will participate in simple, yet effective exercises they can use with their students.
  • Attendees will connect with other educators interested in creative and artistic approaches to curriculum design.

Lauren Suveges (she/her) is an artist and arts educator passionate about serving others through her professional career. She has worked with schools and educators across the country for 20 years. Currently, Lauren teaches art at Siuslaw Middle School on the beautiful Oregon Coast and contracts workshops and other education services including work with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Lauren danced around teaching for many years through various non-profits, after school and summer programs, museum education and community programs, and cannot imagine being anywhere else than in public education right now. She is committed to changing the world for the better through the support and uplifting of our youngest voices. They are the truth tellers.

Follow on IG @lola_teaches_art, Website: Lola Makes Art

Betsy Wolfson (she/her) spends her time as a creator at Woof Works Studio, primarily as a self-taught professional artist and educator. Betsy’s ceramic creations are well known throughout the NW from 35’ tall public art works to intimate settings in private homes. As an educator, she specializes in understanding what needs to be unlearned to be successful, and she has done this herself for over 30 years.

Betsy brought the Studio Habits of Mind to life while working in middle schools. From using them in her own day to day life, she unpacked these skills so they could transfer into one of the most powerful sets of modern tools available to any who are curious and courageous.

Wolfston makes art because it sings open the paths of her true voice of envisioning, repairing and loving. Her glass is balanced, half full, half empty. She tends to both the shadows and the light. She is honored to spend her life’s vocation as an artist, student and educator.

You can find her: www.Betsywolfston.com and on IG @betsywolfston
Lunch: No lunch will be provided.
Prerequisites: None
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