Over 17 teachers of the Public School System took part in a workshop last Jan. 30 at the Kanoa Resort in Susupe that was intended to teach them how to use basic drawing as a tool for teaching.
The workshop, called “Kids Helping Kids” was organized by the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture, in partnership with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, and was led by Dr. Lori Phillips, PREL’s director of Pacific Center for the Arts and Humanities in Education.
The workshop was more than just about how to illustrate a book and was meant to teach teachers how to teach students how to observe their environment, to have “readers that are culturally appropriate for this island.”
“This [workshop] is not necessarily about illustration; it’s about the art of seeing an observation,” said Phillips.
Phillips is hoping that, after this workshop, that someone will take this idea and continue to build on it so that future and current teachers will be able to learn or enhance their skills.
Phillips manages the National Endowment for the Arts Pacific Territories Programs. She works with arts councils throughout the Pacific. She is also responsible for authoring the Pacific Island Alphabet Series, which are image books that were created by children and are in 14 Pacific languages, and Island Worlds, a film and curriculum about art of the Pacific.