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‘Teachers As Artists’ Visual Art Institute Aug. 5-6

July 31, 2013

A teacher creates a drawing of a floral colored with oil pastel.

What: Cal State Fullerton's SchoolsFirst Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking in Schools sponsors a "Teachers As Artists" visual art institute for local elementary school teachers and CSUF master's in education students to develop creative and critical-thinking skills to effectively engage and educate students.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6

Where: Cal State Fullerton's Pollak Library, Room 403
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

Who: Participants will spend two days creating a variety of artworks linked with subject matter themes taught in California elementary school classrooms. The art processes they learn will be suitable to teach children at their particular grade levels, said Ginger Geftakys, faculty instructor for the art institute and center coordinator. Processes include guided and contour drawing, use of paint and mixed-media techniques, art journaling, collage and printmaking, Geftakys said.

Quote: "The visual art institute engages the participants in the creative process as they create pieces they can then teach to their students," Geftakys said. "They also become equipped to actively teach their students to be keen observers of their world, and learn multiple ways to express creative and critical thinking." Participants will receive ongoing classroom support from College of Education faculty members during the school year.

Support: The summer art institute is made possible through a gift from longtime College of Education supporter Dixie Shaw of Placentia, a retired elementary school teacher. Since 2009, Shaw has donated more than $70,000 to fund art, music and reading professional development programs for local teachers and teacher candidates.

Media Contact:
Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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