Teaching Artists

Obmamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians

The Workshop is one of the leading Teaching Artist Hiring Organizations examining health benefits for teaching artists, both internally with our own artists and as a member of Teaching Artists Guild. This project will rely heavily on what is to come as a result of the Affordable...


Save the date for our student showcase!

Big news: We’re excited to announce the date of our end-of-the-year student showcase! DATE | Thursday, May 16, 2013 LOCATION | The Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum in Downtown San Francisco (4th and Howard) TIME | Doors will open at 6 P.M. (Refreshments will be...


After-School with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

              http://www.performingartsworkshop.org/pages/virtualClassroom-tasp.html Performing Arts Workshop (The Workshop) is proud to announce the web launch of our second Virtual Classroom. We often get questions like, “How does the...


Introducing the Rhythmic Oakland Dweller, Teaching Artist Aaron Kierbel

1) Where do you live? I needed a little tranquility in life so I moved away from San Francisco to North Oakland. I lived in the Mission for eight years and had an exciting time there. Recently a lot of artists have been making the move over to the East Bay because of cheaper...


Marin Anthology Release Celebration

On Wednesday, July 11th, Karena Salmond, the Workshop’s Program Director, and myself visited Marin Juvenile Hall in Marin County. We were there to pass out copies of the 2012 Anthology of student work. Teaching Artist Freddy Gutierrez collected work from Marin County students...


Spotlight on the Incomparable Dancing Queen Fredrika

1. How long have you been teaching?   I have been teaching for 5 years. 2. How has your relationship to the Workshop changed your teaching style and/or artistic life? Well, I’m so used to teaching in the dance studio environment where we rarely teach critical thinking. Now...


Meet Deaidre, the vibrant and vivacious wordsmith who rocks big earrings.

(Deaidre at Paul Revere Elementary School  after a 5th grade Spoken Word class). About the Workshop: 1. How long have you been teaching? Four years. I have always taught spoken word. 2. How has your relationship to the Workshop changed your teaching style and/or artistic...


Behind the Teaching: Shea Rahimi

When Shireen Rahimi, AKA Shea Boogie, first heard about Performing Arts Workshop, she thought we sounded too good to be true. But we feel like the lucky ones. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into her classrooms is how much she’s loved by her students. It’s easy...


The 2011 Annual Report: Reigniting Creativity in the Classroom

It has arrived: the 2011 Annual Report.   But you won't receive a copy in the mail. This year, we built a website. When you surf the site, you'll come across: an infographic. What better way to show the 3 W's (why, what, and will) for creativity in education? a long scroll...


Poetry, Creativity and Critical Thinking: National Poetry Month at Performing Arts Workshop

Here at Performing Arts Workshop, our creative writing/spoken word artists celebrate National Poetry Month in action. Whether students generate visual art to accompany their written work or demonstrate their spoken word skills in slams, Performing Arts Workshop is alive with the...


Creating learning moments out of classroom chaos (yes, it can happen!)

Teaching children can be a volatile experience, especially when the subject is art.  And since art can be almost anything, it pays for a teaching artist to be ready for almost anything when teaching kids.  One of many occupational nightmares a teacher has to face is the...


What is the difference between a teaching artist profession of independent contractors and one of employees?

Teaching artistry is a relatively new, unformed profession. Teaching artists employed by organizations like the Workshop often vacillate between classifications as independent contractors or temporary part-time employees. In a February 18 article in the New York Times, Steven...