Creativity at the Core Summer Institute Day 1


In July, I attended a Summer Conference at the County Office of Education. It was a 3-day institute that was all about art education across all arts disciplines as well as the California State Standards and the Create California Campaign.  Teachers, administrators, superintendents, VAPA leads and teaching artists all connected for hands on learning, informational workshops and optional field trips.

We learned about CCSESA’s new professional learning modules and got to experience a few of them. Those modules were developed by County Offices of Education and Arts Partner Organization Leaders.

Day 1 Opened with a welcome from Pauline Crooks, Dr. Paul Gothold, and Dr. Gary Waddell.

We did an opening activity with Steve McCormick from the LaJolla Playhouse. One where we lined up by height, the next lining up by birthday without speaking.

Letty Kraus spoke about the revisions to the California VAPA standards and how they differ from the National Core Arts Standards.

Then we went to morning break out sessions. I chose the STEAM presentation with Amy Bultena from Stanislaus County Office of Education.

We made 3D birds (chosen from photos of CA endangered birds) with Crayola model magic, covered them in feathers, added wire feet, then linked them to a makey-makey and wrote basic code to have them chirp, go to a web page or have a voice speak about the bird.  This was a 2 part session for both morning and afternoon. This lesson aligned with CCSS Language Arts, CCSS Math, NGSS Science and CA Arts Standards. Students read, write, sketch, plan, engineer, sculpt, build, write code, and present their projects. It was a fun information filled workshop.

Amy also shared other Visual Arts Integrated Curriculum Projects that she developed and that Stanislaus COE sells for a small fee. After leafing through her books, I realized that I have been integrating Visual Arts for about as long as I have been teaching. What a great resource for teachers to have lesson plans like this that have been already created with clear instructions, and the standards listed.


We had a lunch session with Mary Rice and Pat Wayne detailing the Create CA project as well a the Arts Education Data Collection Project.

When the afternoon sessions ended, we gathered together for a Plenary Session where we collaborated in small groups to make sculptural faces from planks of wood. After creating, groups came together and discussed ways they could add on to the lesson and each group told a story about the “person” they created.



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