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                      A Sampling of Session Descriptions

Keynote Speaker: Aimee Burgamy, Ph.D., middle school teacher

Dr. Aimee Burgamy teaches art at Trickum Middle School in suburban Atlanta. Her students are known for public projects that raise environmental awareness. Dr. Burgamy is also well known for her advocacy efforts on behalf of art in public education and art as an essential ingredient in cross-cultural understanding. Dr. Burgamy has been an educator at many levels including K-12, museums, and universities. She is a former district teacher of the year and currently serves as lead teacher and curriculum writer.

Growing up WILD, Project WILD and the arts

Growing Up WILD and Project WILD, sponsored by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, build on children’s natural sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them through hands-on and arts-based activities. This special two-hour session is adapted specifically for the UMBC Arts Integration Conference and will focus on WILD art-related lessons. Participants will sample how the projects can be used with grade P-5 curricula. Space is limited. Register early.

Linking Art, Technology and Environmental Education to Meet State Standards

Use various resources in a Promethean-equipped classroom to explore environmental issues relevant to the lives of Maryland students, then incorporate arts-based strategies into multimedia public service announcements (PSAs). Participants will find links between these activities and Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Maryland’s Environmental Education Standards. Cameras will be provided, or use your own smart phone to create a digital documentation of your PSA.

Engage, Inspire, and Equip: 21st Century Teaching

In this workshop, teachers will experience process drama strategies and participate in creating a collaborative collage artwork inspired by the story of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Muta Maathi. Upgrade your "Teacher Tool Kit" with highly engaging arts integration strategies designed to engage students in learning Common Core Standards in Reading Informational Text, develop Speaking and Listening skills, explore elements of Theater and Visual Arts, and illuminate issues in Environmental Science.

The Art and Science of Natural Printmaking

Dig in and bring home a book of handmade prints made from natural materials. Participants will grind their own pigments from earth, herbs, and other plant materials; select natural materials for stencils; and use recycled texturing tools to add dimension to their gelatin monoprints. Throw in some standard art room supplies to add the wow factor of more vibrant color. Gelatin plates will be premade, but recipes will be included in the handouts so you can recreate this activity in your classroom or home. Limit: 12 participants; first come, first serve basis

Haiku as Verbal Sketching

Explore practical strategies for connecting poetry and art using thinking routines to encourage careful observation and creative interpretation. Learn about the art of haiku and its relationship to drawing practices.

Creativity: Integrating Arts, Giftedness, and Originality

How is a paintbrush like a gifted student? This interactive session is designed to explore multiple links between creativity and giftedness. Participants will engage in a Socratic Seminar around a work of art, creatively invent solutions to an environmental issue, and examine new approaches to creative thinking.

Greenmap Your School and Community

How can we assess and communicate environmental information through the mapmaking process – and come out with some stunning and insightful maps that document nature, culture, and sustainable living resources? After an overview of the international Green Map® System’s international activities and specific classroom-based mapping projects, we will create our own collaborative maps that model how students and their families can explore, identify, research, and share information about local resources and find opportunities to make a difference! This project is a great way to engage with Maryland Green School accreditation.