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Reading, Writing and the Visual Arts for the Classroom Teacher

Online Workshop

Teaching Literacy Through Art


ART TEACHER on the NET workshop

Workshop Start Date:  Enroll Today

4 week non-credit online workshop

12 hours overall


Learn tips for promoting literacy and enhancing writing skills through the visual arts.

Topics include:

1. Building vocabulary by creating collages.

2. How to read a painting.

3.  Storytelling and art making.

4. Developing writing  and reading skills through symbols.

5. Illustrating stories.

6. Art Alphabets.

7. The Book as Art.

8.  Using Art to Teach English as a Second Language.




The online teacher workshop may be accessed 24/7.  Expect to spend 3 hours per week or 12 hours overall throughout the class.  All those finishing the class will receive a handsome  "Thank You for Your Participation" Certificate.  The class is interactive, you will have a chance to post topics and questions in the class and to ask the facilitator questions-a working art professor.  This is a non-credit class.


Recommendations from past participants in Art for the Elementary Teacher workshops:

I have broadened my perspective on teaching, and gotten a lot of ideas on how to reach children. I would recommend the course to my coworkers. It would be good for further professional development.

It has been great to share ideas with others and gain new information that I can use in my art classes. The websites are extremely helpful, and I am glad to add those to my resources. I am looking forward to using the format for looking at a work of art to encourage my students to really look at a work of art in a whole new way. There are many questions to choose from that will provide prompts for students when writing about art.

I like the ideas for integrating art with other content areas. This appeals to a variety of learning styles and strengthens skills students can use across the curriculum and throughout their lives. I plan to use the resources from this workshop to incorporate more lessons that connect to other subjects.

I've enjoyed making some of the projects and will be able to use those as examples when I teach the lessons.

I am especially excited about the ideas for planning a year of art. I like the thought of planning the whole year and knowing what objectives the students will be working toward. This will help when I order supplies and will help me coordinate the lessons with the different grade levels.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and would definitely recommend it to others. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

I would recommend this course to classroom teachers, since they so often have the opportunity to add some hands on learning to the lesson.

I would also recommend this class to art teachers as a review.

Whether you  are an experienced art teacher or have no prior art experience, this workshop is for you.  No prior art experience is necessary.  This is a workshop for public, private, and homeschool teachers-or anyone who works with children's groups and need art projects ideas and advice.

This 4 week workshop is entirely online and facilitated by an experienced

art professor. It provides an opportunity for networking with others

with your similar interests and an art expert.



Valerie Colston, M.A. author of highly reviewed "200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art" is the developer and presenter of the

workshop.  She has been teaching art and art history classes for

several years in San Diego, California and online.  Her award winning

Art Teacher on the Net is visited by teachers around the world. 

Ms. Colston  was among the art project consultants for the Wyland Foundation Oceans Teacher program.

She taught 100 Art Ideas for Teachers at the University of California, San Diego Extension for several years.  


For more information contact Valerie Colston at

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