Drawing to Learn: How to... even if you aren't an art teacher by Petr Dimitrov and Elizabeth Perry

Drawing to learn lets you and your students use observational drawing

When: 14-15.3.2018

Drawing to learn lets you and your students use observational drawing as a way to:

  • pay close attention to something
  • record the surrounding world - scientifically, personally, poetically
  • expand attention span
  • develop fine motor skills
  • enter into storytelling, and
  • maintain a sense of wonder

No matter your level of experience, drawing provides a space for everyone to take gentle risks in learning.

Using unexpected corners of Prague as our classroom, participants will come away from this two-day pre-conference workshop with a series of exercises ready to share with students, with tactics to deepen learning and make it personally relevant, and with new strategies for helping defuse the burden of perfectionism.

Activities are designed to be useful across the curriculum, so whether your specialty is language arts or science, music or foreign language - the exercises and mini-projects will be suitable for your students.

Note: We also hope to have a couple of get-togethers during the conference itself - as further time to share and have some follow-up activities and discussions.

ITINERARY DRAFT

DAY 1 / 14.3.2018 / Wednesday

  • Breakfast at hotel. (Please dress in layers for the weather. We will adapt our activities indoor/outdoor as needed, but we also want to be sure you are comfortable in getting to and from our locations.
  • Transportation to ISP
  • 8:15 arrive at ISP
  • Introductions & sharing of pre-conference goals and rationale & attendees’ motivations
  • Resource pack distributed, including sketchbook and drawing tools, two 24-hour transit tickets, and folding stools lent by the ISP activities office.
  • School Tour - relevant to each attendee - what does learning at ISP feel & look like in attendee’s area of expertise?
  • Lunch provided in ISP cafeteria
  • Departure after lunch for downtown
  • We will spend the afternoon in drawing activities at Vysehrad (Prague’s other castle)
  • Stop at a Koh-I-Noor store in Prague 2 - for optional purchase of Czech-made art supplies/souvenirs.
  • Return to hotel

View Dinner Recommendations.

DAY 2 / 15.3.2018 / Thursday

  • (breakfast at hotel)
  • 8:30 Meet at hotel
  • Depart for Letna, Holesovice area with sketching materials and stools. (Please dress in layers for the weather. We will adapt our activities indoor/outdoor as needed, but we also want to be sure you are comfortable in getting to and from our locations.)
  • Lunch in the area - we will provide a couple of options (a map) and meet again for more drawing activities in the area. (We may visit the Tram turnaround or Technical museum)
  • We’ll be closing the day at the Trade Fair Palace - National Gallery, Prague (entrance fee covered by attendees)
  • There we will have access to a classroom for discussion, we will explore the exhibitions, and we will debrief and make plans for application of what we’ve learned to our own teaching.
  • We will also share a small surprise present from your instructors - something which is both a limited-edition art object and a tool for your own and your students’ practice.
  • Attendees may stay on in the museum until closing. Our formal activities will end at 4:00.
  • Escort back to the hotel will be provided for anyone who needs help with that!
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This workshop is delivered thanks to a kind support from and in cooperation with the Trade Fair Palace / National Gallery, Prague.