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FAC Edmonton Regional Mini Conference 2017

October 21, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

A one-day mini-conference taking place in two locations! Choose from sessions in art, dance, drama, and music in Edmonton! Coffee break and lunch included.

University of Alberta - Faculty of Education (South)
11210 87 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Art Sessions
Printmaking on a Shoestring (Mary Ann Dobson and Jan Brown)
Come participate in a session focused on using a variety of materials to create relief prints. Grades 4-12. [This session has a $5 supply fee]
Oil Pastels in a Nutshell (Christa Chapman)
Teachers will explore and discuss 3 highly engaging and successful grade 7, 8, and 9 oil pastel projects. Studio/classroom setup, skills/techniques, curricular connections and assessment practices/rubrics will be discussed in relation to this inexpensive and versatile medium. Participants will leave with various classroom ready handouts, etc. and will be given the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience exploring the processes behind completing of one of the discussed projects!
Artmaking With Unusual Materials (Britt Petracek)
Participants in this session will be provided with a number of ideas for using “unusual” materials in the art room for artmaking. This session will push the boundaries of your materials repertoire that you use in your classroom. In addition to lesson ideas, participants will take part in creating an artwork to use as an exemplar in their classrooms using one “unusual” material. [There is a $5 supply fee for this session]
Art Education, Sense of Scale and the Anthropocene (Patti Pente)
In this presentation I inquire into ways that expanding the scale by while we perceive the world to include the non-visible nanoscale can offer an enlarged and rejuvenated approach to teaching art, as we consider our changing relationship with the Earth. At the heart of this research is a discussion of new material ontologies and a consideration of our pedagogical opportunities for the future. The research is based upon the inspiration that I find, as an artist and educator, among areas of nanotechnology, art, and pedagogy in response to the Anthropocene.
A Reggio Approach for Authentic Art-Making (PJ Krumins)
This workshop will introduce some principle s of Reggio early learning as they apply to art instruction for elementary classes and junior high. There will be an opportunity for hands on art-making using natural and non-traditional materials. We will discuss cross curricular ideas that may allow classroom teachers to create more time for art. Participants will also learn about a simple an d effective documentation of learning process that allows for easy assessment.

Dance Sessions
BrainDance in the Classroom (J'Adore Dance)
Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, Chantel and Jenna will take you through the BrainDance - a series of exercises comprised of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. You will learn ways to integrate the BrainDance into the elementary and/or music classroom to help your students prepare for their learning.
CANCELLED Dance Your Curriculum (J'Adore Dance)
We regret that this session has been cancelled.
Weaving First Nations Dance and Song with Curriculum (Melissa Purcell)
First Nation communities throughout Canada have many different types of music and celebrations that are unique to their community and/or nation. The music and celebrations explored within this workshop will be focused on Powwows and Round Dances. During this workshop you will learn ways to explore Powwow and Round Dance through storytelling using movement and songs, bridging culture and curriculum to create an authentic learning experience. You will learn how to create this experience within your own classroom, as well as learn a few dance steps!

Drama Sessions
Your Wildest Dream: Using Image Theatre on the Journey Towards Reconciliation (Diane Conrad)
Dr. Conrad, with a group of pre-service drama teachers, will present an activity they did together in class using an Image Theatre technique called Your Wildest Dreams (developed by applied theatre facilitator David Diamond, Theatre for Living, Vancouver, based on Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed). The activity explores the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as a step on the journey of reconciliation attendees in doing some Image Theatre together. The session has relevance for addressing FNMI perspective/issues through drama with Secondary students.
Using Music as a Springboard to Creative Drama (Dawn Marshall)
Using Music with a narrative built into it is the perfect way to get students hooked into a creative drama. Learn how to work collectively in role to explore ideas, characters, setting and conflict. Appropriate for grades 9-12.
Activating Text Through Drama - An Interactive Workshop (Leonora Macy and Robyn Shewchuk)
The participants will gain an understanding about how drama conventions such as tableau and role-playing can extend thinking and activate texts. This workshop is most suited for use with grade 4 and up.
Improvisation With Youth (Steven Hurst)
This workshop will introduce you to some of the basics of improvisation, a form of theatre without scripts. Through games and interaction, you will take with you an understanding of what improv is and how you can use it with children in your classroom!

Music Sessions
Ukulele Fun for Everyone (Andy Funke)
Learn about getting an ukulele program up and running. Right from the practical suggestions as to what ukuleles are available to buy to some different activities you can use to get your students started. A focus on integrating the ukulele into a regular music program is at the forefront with some practical Orff and Kodaly inspired approaches and ideas. Please note, that participants are asked to bring their own ukuleles. [This session has a $1 supply fee]
Meeting at the Crossroads of Music and Literacy (Melissa Andrews)
Music and literacy are two areas that go hand in hand. This will be a session on thinking about how we can pull literacy into our music classes in ways that are meaningful and constructive. We will be sharing our favourite musical read alouds as well as songs and chants that support literacy development in the classroom. Come prepare to share ideas and brainstorm together!
Children's Singing Games from China (Kim Friesen Wiens)
Collected in China with the support of the Confucius Institute of Edmonton, participants will learn and play several Chinese singing games for use with students young and old. Proper pronunciation and contextual information will be provided in the session, so that participants will walk away with activities to use with students. These songs are part of a larger collection which continues to grow on the website chinesefolksongs.com.
A Little French in Your Music Program? (Yvon Loiselle and Nicole St-Jean)

Based in folklore, these songs are essential to the fabric of French-Canadian culture, most of which are accompanied by games, dances and play, and have stood the test of time. There will be songs for all primary levels and some can be modified for varying levels of French. Students (and teachers alike) will learn how fun learning French songs can be. Attendees will be actively participating in these songs, dances & play parties. A handout will be provided.

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