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Professional Development for Teachers

How can arts integration support you and your students in the classroom? 

ArtStarts offers professional development opportunities for teachers interested in bringing the arts and arts integration into schools across British Columbia.  We provide practical workshops and hands-on approaches that can enhance the way educators, artists, and young people engage in meaningful learning through the arts. 

  • I appreciate the reminder that art can be used as a tool to express learning. Paper and pencil need not dominate our classrooms. Teacher
  • This workshop really got me thinking about how we approach creativity as a topic in the classroom. Teacher
Everyone Can Draw

Everyone Can Draw

Join illustrator, preparator and multimedia artist Kay Slater to learn how to embrace mark-making as a way to communicate, explore complex ideas, build creative thinking and to develop hand-eye coordination - with a single pencil. You will unpack why and when children develop negative relationships with drawing (“I can’t draw”), rethink the importance of icons and non-verbal/non-written communication, build your visual literacy, explore identity and personal awareness on the page (or on the screen) and try some bite-sized drawing activities that can be integrated into your lesson plans for a multitude of subjects. Drawing fundamentals will also be explored to build your own confidence as a mark maker in the classroom. Suitable for all grade levels.

Fees start at $150 for an "Everyone Can Draw" workshop with Kay at ArtStarts; contact us for more information and for rates regarding visits to your school.

Everyone Can Move

Everyone Can Move

Join dancer and choreographer Lily Cryan to learn how to integrate movement and dance into your classroom in creative and accessible ways. You will learn some basic movement facilitation skills and we will take a deep dive into some sample lesson plans that use movement to teach science, history, and core competencies. You will walk away from this workshop with more tools in your teacher toolkit and some great movement-based classroom management techniques. Suitable for all grade levels.

Fees start at $150 for an "Everyone Can Draw" workshop with Lily at ArtStarts; contact us for more information and for rates regarding visits to your school.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Brush up on your art fundamentals in a safe, supportive environment with both experienced and pre-service teachers! Summer Camp is a unique opportunity for teachers to build community together and build their capacity to facilitate arts-based experiences for young people.

Two full days of workshops facilitated by expert educators and artists will prepare you to support students in demonstrating interdependence, empathy, and more! View Past Summer Camp
Real Life Stories

Real Life Stories

Read guest blogs by educators and artists from across BC who share personal experiences of how they are bringing learning alive through the arts. If you have a story to share, please get in touch!
What is Arts Integration?

What is Arts Integration?

We use the definition of arts integration developed by The Kennedy Center:

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.

Read more about this definition and unpack each of the key terms.
Resources for Teachers

Resources for Teachers

ArtStarts provides practical resources for teachers and artists. It's part of our mission!