The Les Tapies Art Teacher Workshop is an intensive studio-based professional development experience for art teachers in the South of France
art teacher workshop - program Overview
The 10-day Art Teacher Workshop (ATW) reconnects participants with their creative passion as practicing artists in a uniquely inspiring setting filled with incredible culture, history and an extraordinary natural landscape. The ATW is designed to return K-12 visual art teachers to their roots in studio practice and creative process. The program aims to inspire teachers to renew their roles as practicing artists, to promote creative teaching methodologies and to build dynamic visual arts departments. Designed by art teachers for art teachers, the workshop provides an ideal setting for experiential learning in an intimate community, which encourages networking with other professionals from around the world.
The ATW is an intensive studio-based professional development experience in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions of France. Drawing on the unique beauty of the landscape, the expertise and experience of the workshop leaders, and the cultural heritage of Southern France, participants are immersed in the creative process and reinvigorated as artists and art teachers. A highlight of the program is the full-day excursion to Aix-en-Provence, home of Cézanne. Throughout the program, participants are encouraged to explore new techniques and media in the studio to add a new dimension to their classroom teaching.
An important aspect of the Art Teacher Workshop is the interactive, hands-on involvement of participants in a wide range of workshops, seminars, discussions, presentations, lectures, and excursions. This dynamic range of experiences allows participants to develop and share innovative approaches to creating vibrant curriculum and instruction. Studio workshops introduce black and white 35mm film photography, basic printmaking processes of drypoint intaglio, monotype and woodcut, as well as working from direct observation in both drawing and painting media. The many excursions offered during the program allow participants to fully absorb the rich cultural heritage of the Ardeche region and to learn about the master artists who were also drawn to its natural beauty and light.