ArtsWestchester Teaching Workshops


ArtsWestchester teaching artists and experts in various fields will discuss specific techniques and present creative examples of the effective use of the arts in the classroom and at community sites.

Presented in three parts, the workshops will take place on Thursday, April 28; Thursday, May 5; and Thursday, May 12 at the 2nd Floor Gallery of the Arts Exchange at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY.

Prices for the workshops range; they are free to ArtsWestchester teaching artists, $5 per workshop for students (with ID), and $15 per workshop for teachers, artists, and the general public. You can register for the Fine Tune Your Skills workshops at Registration is ongoing, but space is limited so early reservations are highly suggested. With any questions, contact Jessy Mendez at 914-428-4220 x313.

Successful Collaborations in the Arts, Thursday, April 28, 2011, 5:30-7:00pm

Gain strategies for strengthening connections between the arts and academics and learn how to form strong and productive artist/ teacher partnerships. This workshop will provide the tools and techniques for designing lesson plans, devising assessment techniques and conducting residencies through a discussion of successful residencies.

Facilitator Miriam Bernabei, Director of Arts, Music and Special Programs, Greenburgh Central School District for the past 10 years. In 2009, she was honored to receive the Sophia Abeles Award for Community Arts from ArtsWestchester.

Presenters Andrea Kantrowitz, Teaching artist, ArtsWestchester, 2010 APCG recipient. Andrea is a teaching artist who works collaboratively across the curriculum. At the National Art Education Association Conference this year, she co-presented her 2010 Arts Partners project.”The Many Faces of Public Art: A Permanent Outdoor Installation” by 230 8th-Graders.

Frank Ingrasciotta, As an ArtsWestchester teaching artist, actor and recipient of the Arts Award, Frank has conducted numerous staff development and performing arts residencies at school and community sites. He has worked as an artist-in-residence at the Highview School for the Artist & Teachers Together Grant using theater as tool to teach across the curriculum.

Conflict Resolution and Bullying in the Classroom, Thursday, May 5, 2011, 5:30-7:00pm

This workshop will introduce participants to principles of conflict, examine triggers that escalate conflict and increase anxiety, and teach effective and constructive strategies to resolve conflict through communication and the performing arts.

Presenters Willie Teacher, Teaching artist, ArtsWestchester, director and actor, has conducted performing art workshops dealing with bullying and understanding the consequences of giving into peer pressure. Willie is committed to enriching the lives of urban youth through student centered, theatrical performance-based interaction.

Ruth Zealand, Ph.D., Associate Professor, The College of New Rochelle, School of Arts and Sciences. A former principal and teacher, she provides consultation and workshops on conflict resolution and mediation in schools and organizations.

Creative Possibilities for Pre-School Children: Connecting Best Practices with the Arts, Thursday, May 12, 2011, 5:30-7:00pm

Explore ways to reinforce language development, listening comprehension and fine motor skills to preschool children through the arts. Learn to plan and implement successful, developmentally appropriate early childhood workshops through practical and creative examples.

Presenters Laura Cleare, Infant and Toddler Specialist, Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. Laura Cleare has worked in Early Childhood programs for 20 years. She was a classroom teacher for children 18 months to 5 years. Currently, she works in early childhood classrooms in Westchester assisting with quality improvements and providing training for teachers.

Erica Eigenberg, Teaching artist, ArtsWestchester. Erica Eigenberg has been conducting artist residencies for over 25 years, working in numerous Pre-K sites all over Westchester. She has created classes and teacher trainings that incorporate a developmental approach using movement and music to enhance literacy, language, and imagination.

With workshops on various art-related curriculum, educators, artists, and community members will gain knowledge and skills helping them to integrate the arts into education.  This series of professional development workshops is made possible in part through a grant from New York State Council on the Arts, Arts In Education program.


ArtsWestchester is your complete guide to the arts. Founded in 1965, ArtsWestchester is the largest, private, non-profit arts council in New York State. Our mission is to provide leadership, vision, and support to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts.

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