Arts Powered Schools Idaho Summer 2015

Each summer the ArtsPowered Schools Summer Institute offers a residential professional development opportunity designed to immerse educators in strategies for teaching in and through the arts.

Learning in the arts tap into many of the same skills asked of students under the Idaho Core ELA Standards

The 2015 ArtsPowered Schools Institute will focus on a framework to address multiliteracies, by engaging with print texts, both literary and informational, through a variety of art forms. Sessions will model how the arts can be integrated into any classroom environment, demonstrate how big ideas can be examined through multiple layers of experience, and provide opportunities for participants to focus on documenting student learning.

Throughout the week you will work with some of the finer artists and educators in the country, explore your own creativity, and acquire valuable curricular resources to enrich your teaching practice in support of an exploration of the NEW Fine Arts Standards and the Idaho Core English Language Arts Standards. 

What is the Big Idea?

A “Big Idea” or enduring understanding is an overarching idea that provides opportunities to explore a complex concept in an enriching way.

“Big Ideas” invite questions and multiple answers. They create a spirit of inquiry. Organizing curriculum around essential understandings allows room for an array of teaching approaches and abundant products in terms of student work in various arts disciplines.

All ArtsPowered Schools Institute activities will contribute to the overall cycle of learning around the Big Idea:

How do we find our way home?


Who Should Attend ?

  • Former Attendees: We offer something new every year!

  • Classroom Teachers grades K-8 seeking new perspectives, teaching strategies, and an opportunity to enliven and renew their creative energy

  • Principals and Administrators interested in the power of the arts to enhance learning in all subjects

  • Artists and Cultural Organizations developing links between work in the arts and important school goals

MONDAY KEYNOTE, Welcome Back Kurt Wootton

Kurt Wootton is the Co-Founder of the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University as well as the Co-Founder of the lab school Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida, Mexico. Wootton is the co-author of A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts published by Harvard Education Press.

Kurt will take participants through an “out of your seat” experience that will introduce a range of ways to incorporate multiliteracies into the daily life of schools. Participants will explore ways of crossing disciplines, art forms, technologies, and languages. Wootton will also “pull back the curtain” to reveal the theory and research behind the experience and share concrete and detailed examples of ways this approach has been applied in schools and after-school programs.


Every morning we'll take a few minutes to reflect on our experiences from the previous day. Working individually and in pairs, we'll step back from the forward momentum of active "doing" and take some time to consider what "a ha" moments we've encountered, what we're confused about, and how the week's journey is developing. By the end of the institute, we'll have a "travel packet" that charts our week's experiences.


Each ArtsPowered Schools participant will choose and participate in one Art Studio Intensive. These sequential daily studio sessions will immerse you in an art form as a creator of art. You will gain experience in working deeply with one artistic medium – using the artistic process to develop skills, express ideas, and refine your work. Studio teaching artists will model “teaching for meaning” and help participants gain skills in developing dynamic arts units that they can use in their classrooms.

Select One (Include your 1st & 2nd choice)

  1. Epic! The Long Journey Home
    Teaching Artist: Dwayne Blackaller

  2. Think of your favorite adventures: The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, the Iliad, the Odyssey... All the great epic stories throughout the ages include a hero who leaves home, only to return with a new perspective, or a new appreciation of "home." In this exciting theater workshop we'll discover our own personal myths and create short plays that cast us as epic heroes on the journey of our lives. Be prepared to work as a team to devise a mini-performance of epic proportions!

  3. Building Home
    Teaching Artists: Amy Nack

  4. A home is truly more than an architectural dwelling of walls and windows. But that’s where we’ll start!  In this multi media workshop we’ll take printmaking into the third dimension by layering text and image to explore to your interests and stories. Experiment with printmaking and cutting techniques to build a four-sided structure for illuminating your personal notion of home.

  5. Home and How We Get There
    Teaching Artist: Malia Collins

  6. Sometimes the only way to go home again is to write about it--to describe it on the page so you can feel it again. In this class we'll read examples of literature that explores a place and write fiction, poetry, and non-fiction to find this "place" and create a "home", either real or imagined, and explore the ideas of what makes a home--is home a place? Is home a person? Is home a feeling? Maybe home, and the idea of home, is just a memory. Come prepared to write and share.

  7. Our Home, Ourselves
    Teaching Artist: Kay Braden

  8. This class will focus on the “home” of ourselves, our body.  Emphasis on sensory awareness and creativity through movement will also integrate exercises that enhance the use of the breath and ease in movement.  A “mindful” state will be discussed as well as integrated into creative activities.  The “senses” will be examined in relationship to knowing, exploring and relating to our world of touch, sound, light, and life.
    No dance training required.
    Material will be structured to include exercises that can be used in the classroom---at any age.

  9. Home is Where the Art is
    Teaching Artist: Troy Passey

  10. ‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
    They have to take you in.’—Robert Frost

    The idea of "home" is integral to the human condition; it's presence (or conspicuous absence) is ubiquitous in all arts.  We'll examine both historical and contemporary references to home--including visual art, literature, lyrics, idioms, and tropes. Based on our exploration of home, we'll interpret and define the term through the creation of text-based art works. Favorite quotes relating to home are welcome.



Reporting project outcomes is a persuasive means for teachers to contribute to wider knowledge and reach people who may be interested in your unit or lesson design and student learning results.

During the 2014-15 school year, APS artist/school residency teams carried out outstanding residency projects. Each team committed to taking deliberate steps to document student learning, collect samples of student work, and participate in a reflection of their cooperative work in order to tell the story of the student learning.
Residency teams will be presenting shared observations and documentation of students and their learning and engaging us as responders to help refine future work.


Each day informational sessions will focus on fundamentals of integrating the arts and literacy into classrooms. Topics to be explored include: connecting understandings across subject areas; great questions as expressions of genuine curiosity; and the importance of noticing and documenting the impact of art work on student learning.


Have fun, try something new! Banish fears that inhibit your creativity. Choose from a wide variety of one day studio workshops each afternoon presented by ICA teaching artists. Choice workshops will offer you ways to practice an array of art forms and projects that support the Institute's “Big Idea”. A list of all the possibilities will be available the first day of the Institute. No pre-registration needed.


Participants will be encouraged to spend their free time working on their studio projects, planning lessons or residencies, or organizing an aspect of documentation. Workspaces will be open after hours.


Evening events provide opportunities to experience and enjoy live arts performances and exhibitions of artwork and to connect to the rich arts resources of the community. Participation in the evening events provide opportunities for you to sharpen your skills and deepen your understanding as you observe, describe, analyze, and interpret the work of others – key components of the Humanities Content Standards.


Participants will explore a process to document their learning, post photos and captions, and create text and photos to illustrate your learning process. We invite all participants to bring digital cameras and USB cables to experience this creative way of collecting evidence of learning.


Sometimes workshops or institutes can just become overwhelming. We take in so much information that our heads begin to spin. This is where planned networking spaces are important, even groundbreaking. We don’t want anyone to miss a studio or group session because you are just worn out. Rather, twice during each afternoon we have scheduled in some unscheduled time. Share with a colleague or classmate. Speak with an instructor, or simply take a nap. This is your time to rejuvenate, share, ask questions—network. Do whatever helps to create some balance in this packed week of new ideas!




$200, Idaho residents (includes instruction, materials, single occupancy dorm lodging -as needed, breakfasts, lunches, hosted dinners, and evening arts activities).

  • Out-of-towners can arrange accommodations at their own expense if “dorm life” is not their style.
  • Because travel costs are required for some, there is no reduction in registration if you live close enough to return home each evening.

Registration fee for non-Idaho residents, $800.

Academic Credit

One to three professional development credits through Boise State University or Northwest Nazarene University are available for ArtsPowered Schools participants. Academic credit is optional and will be arranged at registration. The charge is $60.00 per credit.

To Enroll

Option 1: Complete the on-line registration and credit card payment. Click Here.

Option 2: Download a registration form here (pdf) and mail your registration, studio session choice, along with school purchase order or check to:

Idaho Commission on the Arts
ArtsPowered Schools Summer Institute
P.O. Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0008

NOTE:  Please make all checks and purchase orders out to the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Register Early to get your first art studio choices!

ArtsPowered Schools will be able to accept 100 participants for this summer’s Institute.

Throughout the ArtsPowered week, teachers will have opportunities to work with ICA teaching artists, developing plans to include an artist in residence at your home school during the 2015-2016 school year.

College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho

Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Registration and Dorm Check-In
  12:00 - 1: 00 Lunch
  1:30 - 4:45 Opening Events, Keynote Speaker
  5:30 - 6:30 Dinner
  7:00 - 8:00 Evening Presentation, Kurt Wootton
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 - 9:15 Opening Reflection
  9:30 - 11:00 Art Studio Intensives
  11:15 - 12:00 Digging Deeper
  12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
  1:15 - 2:15 Discovering Intentions for Teaching and Learning
  3:00 - 4:30 Choice Art Workshops
  4:30 - 5:30 Open Studio
  5:30 - 6:30 Dinner
  7:00 - 9:00 Evening Events and/or Open Studio
Friday 8:30 - 2:15 Same as Above
  2:30 - 3:30 Closing Events - Head for Home

For more information contact:

Dr. Peggy Wenner
Idaho State Department of Education

Ruth Piispanen
Idaho Commission on the Arts
208-334-2119 or 1-800-Art-Fund


ICANational Endowment ISDE
Idaho Commission on the Arts National Endowment for te Arts eaprrtment of Education, State of IDaho