Teaching Art

Learning and Growing: How Sabina Kariat Centers Anti-Racism in the Classroom

  On February 18th and 20th, the Workshop’s staff and artists participated in a Learning & Growth session facilitated by Bay-Area based writer, poet, and educator Darius Simpson. In this two day seminar, we dug deep to address the hazy division of the professional and…


Integrated Learning Specialist Program elective starting June 13

Here's an exciting Integrated Learning Specialist Program elective opportunity at the Oakland Museum of California! To register, email Mariah Rankine-Landers at globalteacher05@yahoo.com. (Thank you to our friends at the Alameda County Office of Education for sharing this…


Art and the Trojan Horse

Why are the arts such a vital part of education? Well, for students at Loma Alta in Marin County, art helps them to express their feelings and think about the world in a way that eases their hearts. Here are two students description of art in their own words. These poems and…


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 to…


Dance is Essential: Musings about Why Physical Expression is Vital.

“Babies dance before they can speak.” “I find it an escape.” “I have No anxiety when dancing.” These are a few of the essential reasons that our Teaching Artists, regardless of art form that they teach, find creative expression through dance, vital. In honor of National Dance…


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 suddenly…


Looking At Education: Authentic Assessment, Special Needs Education & the Workshop

Carol Kocivar visits Performing Arts Workshop to discuss the ARISE project and PACT 21. In both these rigorous studies, the Workshop looks at how the performing arts help students prepare for school work and life in the 21 century. The ARISE project found that students who…