Slots still open for art workshop

Posted on Jan 28 2020

The Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture has 25 to 30 more seats available for public and private school teachers who wish to learn how to use basic drawing as a means to teach.

The workshop, called “Kids Helping Kids,” is specifically intended for teachers who teach from Kindergarten to Grade 12 grade. The workshop that will be on Jan. 30, from 9am to 3pm, at Kanoa Resort.

“This is a great opportunity for current teachers to bring something new into the classroom or to enhance your teaching skills,” said Eulalia V. Arriola, spokesperson of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs. “This will also benefit teachers who are teaching a bilingual class since the main goal is to create books that can be translated into local languages for use in a classroom.”

According to Arriola, there was a concern that Public School System teachers would not be interested in the workshop since it was unclear if PSS would approve of teachers getting credit for the workshop, but Arriola confirmed that, as of yesterday, Jan. 27, PSS has approved the certification for credit towards professional development for CNMI PSS teachers.

This workshop will be led by Dr. Lori Phillips, who will be demonstrating strategies for teachers to teach students how to illustrate and write books, in hopes that those books will be translated into local languages that could be used in the classroom.

The main objectives is for teachers to offer students lessons in beginning drawing, to learn the basics of watercolor painting to illustrate readers, and will review different types of simple early readers. Teachers don’t need experience for this workshop.

Teachers should register on or before Tuesday, Jan. 28, to reserve their seats. Registration is free and is based on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, call (670) 322-9982 or (670)788-2478.

Justine Nauta
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