VDOE Visual Arts

Visual Arts Education Resources created by Virginia educators and curated by the Virginia Department of Education. Resources are aligned to the Virginia Visual Arts Standards of Learning. Members are able to see resources posted by the Virginia Department of Education but may not create resources in this group. Visual arts courses include courses that focus on creative and artistic expression through media such as design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, craft, ceramics, photography, digital media, and more. The Virginia Visual Arts Standards of Learning are aligned to learning experiences that take place in any visual arts course.
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Professional Development

Webinar: Innovation in Visual Arts: Breaking Barriers and Integrating Technology

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This webinar is an exploration of the new Visual Arts Standards of Learning strand Innovation in the Arts. Consider the role of the arts in building bridges to other academic content. Explore how cutting-edge artwork often combines art forms, how technology provides new artistic tools, and how visual arts education fosters career readiness. Strategies and resources for teachers new to arts-related classroom technology will be provided.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Kelly Bisogno, Michelle Milligan

Webinar: Community Engagement in Visual Arts

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This webinar is an opportunity to explore community engagement as it relates to the History, Culture, and Citizenship strand in the 2020 Visual Arts Standards of Learning. Participants will consider relevant artistic concepts related to community, develop a deeper understanding of the K-12 community engagement standards, and explore a variety of tested elementary, middle, and high school lesson examples that align with the standard.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Kelly Bisogno, Michelle Milligan

Resource Document: Engaging English Learners in Visual Arts Instruction

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The attached infographic resource document describes ways to engage English Learners in visual arts classrooms by making learning visible, supporting the language of visual arts, connecting learning to students' backgrounds and skills, using cooperative learning structures and strategies, and reducing cognitive load and allowing processing time.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Kelly Bisogno, Michelle Milligan

Webinar: Digital Resources for Fine Arts Educators from the Library of Congress

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This webinar will explore the digital resources of the Library of the Congress for fine arts instruction. Engagement with primary source images, objects and documents can spark critical thinking, deeper learning and interdisciplinary connections for students. Join Sherry Levitt and Cynthia Szwajkowski from Teaching with Primary Sources, Virginia (TPSVA) for a lively, interactive exploration of the Library's rich, digital collections for in-person and virtual instruction. As a demonstration, special guest Carolyn Bennett, former Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence, will model an activity using WPA Posters.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Studios, Stages, & Students: Real Reasons We Keep Coming Back

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Drawing on walls, banging on pots, dressing up, singing and dancing like everybody’s watching are ways we get ourselves out into the world. In this webinar, we’ll discuss creative thinking and joy in arts learning for students and teachers. We’ll laugh about best intentions, consider best practices in a new age, and celebrate transforming K-12 students into die-hard arts enthusiasts! Clayton Singleton is a Virginia artist, illustrator, author, and arts educator.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: #GoOpenVA for Fine Arts Educators

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Participants will learn how to use #GoOpenVA to locate arts-based lessons (many of which are also cross-curricular). All such lessons are openly-licensed so they can be adapted to your own students and purposes. Additionally, #GoOpenVA provides a community space for teachers to connect with each other in these challenging times, when everyone is learning how to approach teaching in new ways.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Digital Learning with eMediaVA

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This webinar and presentation is a previously recorded session, Digital Learning with eMediaVA presented by Lindsey Horner.Webinar Description: This webinar presents information about media and educational resources from WHRO Public Media for fine arts educators. Lyndsay Horner, Manager of eMediaVA will led the one-hour session in July 2020. The session includes how to access eMediaVA and how to find resources to support student learning in fine arts areas of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Webinar: Resources from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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This webinar and presentation is a previously recorded session, Resources from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.Webinar Description: Join VMFA educators to learn about the new opportunities, resources, and supportive measures developed by Museum staff members in response to the challenges faced by teachers, students, and parents for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn about the major exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities, and find out about fall opportunities for online Professional Development, distance and digital learning options, remote access to VMFA’s encyclopedic collection, and more.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: The Dirty South: VMFA Exhibition Information for Educators

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VMFA educator Karen Getty shares works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibition, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Explore the traditions, aesthetic impulses, and exchanges between the visual and sonic arts from the 1920s through today. Discover works of art that cross generations, genres, and disciplines and reveal the expansive narratives that have historically framed the Black experience.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: Writing Fine Arts Curriculum

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This session will cover key considerations for writing a fine arts curriculum and key features of an exemplary fine arts curriculum. Approaches to curriculum writing will be discussed, and curriculum resources will be provided. This session is intended to support division leaders and individual educators who are writing a curriculum that is aligned to the 2020 Fine Arts Standards of Learning.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: A Shift in the Field of Arts Education Towards Applied Creativity

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With increasing challenges facing communities, schools, and young people, the field of arts education must remain agile and responsive. Over the last five years - since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act - and especially over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts education happening in schools and communities has quickly adapted and reimagined its intentions and outcomes. Educationalist, scholar, and social entrepreneur, Jeff M. Poulin will share a presentation tracing these adaptations and reimaginations through the lenses of public policy, pedagogy, and social justice practice. He will share findings from studies published in 2019-2021 providing attendees with insights into possible futures for arts education post-Pandemic, more integrated with social justice, and how arts education leaders can continuously adapt.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: I Won’t Grow Up - Artist Talk & Creative Process Keynote Address

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Artist/Author Noah Scalin will share how he mines his childhood passions for inspiration and tells the story of how collaborations with his young daughter’s changed his perspective and influenced his latest body of work. He will also explain how he ended up creating his biggest project yet during a time when he faced the most limitations. You will learn the simple creative practices he uses to consistently innovate and discover new ways to interact with everyday materials to create unique works of art that have led to opportunities to create art around the world.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: The Artist Process & Move the Music: Stepping into South African Gumboot Dance

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Lesson Demo Kwame Shaka demonstrates one of his most popular lessons in this active/interactive workshop. We will explore the socio-historical roots and rhythmic movement of the Gumboot Dance, an art form created by forced laborers in the mines of South Africa in the 19th century.  Learn how tempo, rhythm, and pattern are used to create a percussive and socially impactful dance. Find the potential in using the power of collective movement to build community in your classroom.Talk Back Hear Kwame Shaka speak about his 30+ year career as a performing artist and dance educator. Kwame Shaka will discuss his origins in dance, highlights of his career and challenges faced as a professional in showbusiness and education. Learn about his Triumph of Disruption pedagogy and its correlating progressions of success in the classroom. During the talk back, participants are encouraged to ask questions and to add comments to further discussion and bring forth new perspectives.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno

Professional Learning: VMFA Landscapes of Virginia and Place-based Learning

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In the first part of this session, Jeffrey Allison from VMFA On the Road will share works and educator resources from the traveling state-wide exhibition: A View from Home: Landscapes of Virginia. The paintings, photographs, woodblock prints, and engravings from the museum’s permanent collection represent various styles and periods. The second part of the session will focus on strategies for developing deeply engaging units for K-12 visual arts education using the exhibition as a starting point for deeper exploration. This presentation and collaborative workshop session will highlight project-based and place-based learning approaches to visual arts education.

Material Type: Lecture

Authors: Michelle Milligan, Kelly Bisogno