Classroom Comics

Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience Through Comic Art Sunday, August 5 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA Presenter: Sunnylee Mowery This VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference workshop will explore the powerful potential that comic art has to reach and teach students with disabilities. The presentation portion of this session will … Continue reading Classroom Comics

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Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism

By Maude Wiltshire The art classroom can be a welcoming and productive learning environment for nonverbal students with autism. But in order for every student to find success and joy in creating art, we must first equip art educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to support the art making process. These tips can help … Continue reading Five Tips for Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology to Support the Art Making Processes of Nonverbal Students with Autism

Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

The arts can be a way to break down silos and boundaries in schools, something Brad Walkenhorst and Barb Raney recognized when they first started working on theater programs at Northview High School in Florissant, Missouri. Northview is a school for students ages 14-21 with a range of disabilities, and Walkenhorst and Raney saw how … Continue reading Missouri Educators Support Student IEP Goals Through High School Play Productions

Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

By Aysha Upchurch The demographic landscape in schools has been undergoing major shifts. The United States Census projects that by 2020—less than two years from now—the majority of youth under the age of 18 will be people of color.[1] Additionally, the Department of Education has been tracking the number of students with disabilities and noted … Continue reading Tools for Nourishing a Radically Inclusive Arts Learning Environment

10 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of the 2018 LEAD® Conference

The 18th annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference is just a few weeks away! Here are some ways to get the most out of your time at the conference. Here are tips from past participants on how to make the most of your time at LEAD®: 1.) What to pack: Business cards, collateral from your organization, device … Continue reading 10 Tips on How to Get the Most Out of the 2018 LEAD® Conference

5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

There are lots of reasons to attend the Kennedy Center VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference. Here are a few of our favorites: 1.) Exciting new options in 2018! Enroll in a pre-conference workshop led by a national arts and special education expert! Pre-conference workshops offer 4-hour deep dives into exciting and critical content, led … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 VSA Intersections Conference

Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Jonathan Hale was teaching art at both Jordan Valley School, a school for students with severe and multiple disabilities, and Sprucewood Elementary School in Utah’s Canyons School District when he had an idea—what if he brought students from Jordan Valley into the art classroom at Sprucewood to work in grade level peer pairs? Hale, an … Continue reading Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Five Tips for Running a Successful Digital Media Program with Students with Disabilities

By Celia Hughes There are many free and low cost media apps that provide engaging formats to help equalize a student with a disability’s experience with their typical peers when making visual art, animation, movies, and music. For instance, iMovie is good for students who have some experience with digital storytelling, and iMovie Trailer is … Continue reading Five Tips for Running a Successful Digital Media Program with Students with Disabilities

Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

In this issue and in upcoming VSA Updates, we are highlighting presenters that will be at the 2018 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and sharing information about their sessions. Art educator Sunnylee Mowery leads the preconference workshop “Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience through Comic Art” on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Here, Mowery … Continue reading Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 4 – Clay

Visual arts education has historically presented challenges for both individuals who are blind or have low vision and for art educators who are not always equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully adapt their courses for students with disabilities. Dr. Jeremy Johnson of the University of Nebraska at Omaha set out to challenge the … Continue reading Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 4 – Clay