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Does thinking about how to promote your artwork online make your head spin? Do you want to make sure your website gets the attention you want it to? Want to know what this Twitter thing is?

This class will help artists and community organizers create a powerful web presence in order to get noticed by employers, foundations, clients, and customers. Learn how to set reasonable goals, design an effective website, use social media, create a blog, sell your work, and more.

Bring your own laptop to work on your web presence during class, or simply follow along with the presentation.

The class will be twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday in September from 6:30-8:00pm. The class fee is $180.

Call (860-685-7871) or email (gsac@wesleyan.edu) us today to reserve your space.

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On Thursday, August 7th, from 5-8:00 p.m. (in conjunction with Middletown’s Gallery Walk series) there will be an opening reception for Barbara Hocker’s exhibit, Caught In The Trees.  

Hocker’s exhibit consists of printed images using pigmented inks on rice paper.  She then embeds them in beeswax and damar varnish (encaustic medium – one of the oldest painting mediums known). She loves beeswax and damar (a tree resin) because they are themselves natural substances and their properties allow her to layer images and play with lightness and translucency. Each piece has at least two layers of images.

Barbara Hocker has over two decades of experience creating and exhibiting work in New England including shows and projects in Hartford, New Haven, Newport, and Boston. She has work in several corporate and private collections in New England. She holds a degree from Syracuse University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts and attended Cranbrook Academy of Arts. Barbara lives in Coventry, CT and maintains a studio in the Arbor Arts Center in Hartford. She practices Tai Chi and Zen Yoga. Barbara received a Creation of New Work Initiative Grant from The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation in 2013, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2008.

Hocker’s work will remain on display at Green Street from August 7th through August 26th during regular business hours (M-F 9a.m.-5p.m.)

Math = Fun

“Math = Fun” was one of the final comments as our teacher cohort from the PIMMS Intel Math Institute finished their summer class. We brought together a mathematician, Dr. Christopher Rasmussen, and a math education specialist, Sharon Heyman, to bring deep understanding of core K-8 math concepts to 30 Middletown and Meriden teachers. The intensive 10-day class had long days, working lunches, and homework but we had a great group of enthusiastic teachers who truly loved math. Their feedbackshows the value of the Intel Math class for increasing their understanding, improving their confidence in math, and also in preparation for Common Core implementation.

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Each session of the class starts with the Intel-trained instructors going over a core math concept at the front of the class. Then, the teachers work in small groups or partners to do problem sets on that concept. The whole idea is to find multiple ways to find solutions by pulling from other concept areas and working with other people. Each group shares their strategies and ideas with the cohort and everyone learns new ways to approach problems in their classrooms. The teachers also review examples of student work in each concept to address common student misconceptions around math.

“I have learned a lot about myself as a learner and about how others learn. I have also learned a lot about math as well – more than I have learned going through my formal education.” Teacher Feedback.

Math is Interconnected

The main idea behind the Intel Math course is to teach core math concepts from the most basic to the more complex while calling out the connections along the way. Many of us who are strong in math go along and find solutions without ever questioning why the answers make sense. Intel Math helps show the teachers WHY math concepts work and WHY the ways we solve them make sense.

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“This class indicated even more than I realized how interconnected math is.” Teacher Feedback.

“Today’s session is really building on interconnectivity of geometry, algebra, and arithmetic. It’s helping me find more way to keep manipulatives relevant to intermediate students.” Teacher Feedback.

“The breakdown of concepts can be confusing but they help me to have a better understanding of the concepts. I definitely need to do more of this to show my students WHY!” Teacher Feedback.

“I realized today that I have always just blindly followed the rules for math, never questioning why the work or are used.” Teacher Feedback.

“I’m starting to really tie together the abstract models of my formal math education and really see how interconnected it all is.” Teacher Feedback.

“Math is interconnected and should be taught with constant looping and connecting of topics.” Teacher Feedback.

In the Shoes of Students

Teachers go through the useful but sometimes uncomfortable experience of struggling through math problem sets in the class. They get to feel the way their students do in class and that helps them figure out new ways to approach students who may be struggling with a concept. By working in groups and reviewing student work, they can hear about multiple experiences with a concept and get ideas for new approaches beyond what they may have thought of themselves.

 

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“I enjoyed getting down to the basics in math because that is where most people’s problems originate.” Teacher Feedback.

“When working on the number systems, I realized how the frustration I felt was similar to the frustration my students felt when working on concepts new to them.” Teacher Feedback.

“Looking at student work helps to understand how common mistakes happen and student understanding behind their mistakes.” Teacher Feedback.

“Working through the problems was great to think about the “productive struggle” of problem solving. I really got the feeling of what my students feel.” Teacher Feedback.

“Analyzing student work as a group and the reporting back helped me to see a variety of new ways to aid us in fixing problems students had.” Teacher Feedback.

Building Math Confidence

Math anxiety is a real problem for students, as well as some teachers. By going through the connections and the WHY of math concepts, teachers build their own confidence in math. This translates into their classrooms and to their students.

“The quiz highlighted my weaknesses, the class highlighted my strengths.” Teacher Feedback.

“I completely understand the division of fractions J for the first time ever!” Teacher Feedback.

“Being successful with slope was a confidence booster. I was proud that I was able to remember so much.” Teacher Feedback.

“I felt successful today so my confidence is building.” Teacher Feedback.

“Because I am understanding most of the math, I feel mathematically much smarter.” Teacher Feedback.

“I was overwhelmed at first and now I have realized that I know more than I thought.” Teacher Feedback.

“My outlook on my ability to solve math problems has changed. I feel like I can make attempts at solving problems on my own.” Teacher Feedback.

“I will teach with more confidence knowing the whys and the hows.” Teacher Feedback.

Arts Integration

The Intel Math class provides the teachers with a variety of manipulatives that can be used to solve problems in visual ways. This Intel Math Institute is unique because PIMMS is developing follow up activities for the teachers using arts integration to reach students who may learn in different ways. We had a visual artist and a movement artist take the Intel Math class alongside the classroom teachers to deepen their own math content knowledge before developing their teacher workshops.

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“I learned that I am more of a visual learner and building, drawing, and discussing via these modes helped me understand.” Teacher Feedback.

“Showing math concepts visually first is so crucial for many learners.” Teacher Feedback.

“I learned new strategies to teach multiple concepts to help all students.” Teacher Feedback.

Taking it to the Classroom

Teachers left with a stronger understanding of math concepts and connections as well as a sense of better preparedness to implement the Common Core in their classrooms (Intel Math is a Common Core aligned class). The class is mostly about content but with the strong instructor team, there is also modeling of a successful math classroom going on at all times. Teachers noticed and picked up ideas on how to better bring math to their students.

“I have great ideas to bring to my teaching. I will use more team and partner work instead of constantly modeling.” Teacher Feedback.

“It was helpful to see the full scope and sequence for Common Core.” Teacher Feedback.

“Math is connected. You solve the problem how you see it…need to solve it multiple ways for multiple students so they can see it too.” Teacher Feedback.

“I feel more prepared to face the challenge of Common Core in my classroom.” Teacher Feedback.

“The course was great! I can’t wait to try some of the techniques and approaches in my classroom.” Teacher Feedback.

During the month of July, we will be exhibiting the work of three teaching artists from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Program – Mark Patnode, Sanna Stanley and Roger Tremblay.  Since the Green Street Arts Center is now home to Connecticut’s renowned HOT Schools program and Wesleyan will be the host site of the HOT Schools Summer Institute, July 14-18, Green Street is pleased to simultaneously showcase some of Connecticut’s finest teaching artists.

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On Thursday, July 3rd, from 5-8:00 p.m. (in conjunction with Middletown’s Gallery Walk series) there will be an opening reception for The Creative Process.   Check out the Middletown fireworks after over the river. The work of Patnode, Stanley and Tremblay will remain on display at Green Street from July 3rd through July 25th during regular business hours (M-TH 9a.m.-5p.m.  Fridays during summer 9a.m.-noon).

As the show is titled The Creative Process, each of these artists (while working in vastly differing media) will present both works in-progress and finished artwork  as well.  Mark Patnode is a painter, Sanna Stanley an illustrator, and Roger Tremblay is an engineer-turned-artist with a passion for mathematical patterns and refers to his creations as “computational art”.   Tremblay will also display an in-progress light sculpture.  This trio’s diverse assortment of specialties are aptly representative of the Office of the Arts’ and HOT Schools’ extensive roster of teaching artists with endlessly varied styles and approaches to art-making.  Certainly, each of these three exhibiting artists brings a unique vision to their creative process and to their teaching practice.

Ever wonder what happens at the Green Street Arts Center? Come join us for our Open House on Saturday, June 14th to find out. We will be here from 12:00-4:00pm with an art show, musical performances, tours, and more information about our activities. Our teaching artists are volunteering their time to help us bring you an amazing event for the whole family.

Learn about our:

  • AfterSchool Program – fall registration is open!
  • Private Lessons – meet the teachers
  • Teacher Professional Development Opportunities – science safer workshop schedule set for next year
  • Classes and Workshops – VanGogh, summer preschool music, blogging
  • Green Street-to-Go! Teaching Artist Residencies – bring our artists to your clients for arts and cultural activities

The art sale will feature original works from our teaching artists and staff Renee Soares, Roslyn N. Carrier-Brault, Lindsay Behrens, Meredith Arcari, Cookie Quinones, Claudia Wolf, and Sara MacSorley. They’ll be selling paintings, photography, jewelry, and original screen printed tshirts. Lots of great gift ideas for all those summer birthdays.

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Nationally-known mosaicist Deb Aldo will be here to tell visitors about our Greening Green Street Mosaic Project and show off the newly installed pebble mosaics in our garden. She will have original pieces on sale to support AfterSchool scholarships.

We will have musical performance by our teaching artists Joseph Getter, John Nisbet, Phil Zimmerman, and Liz Dellinger. At 3:00pm, special guest the Rhythm Ring Singers will perform. The Rhythm Ring Singers grew out of the Living in Song Workshops hosted as part of a Center for the Arts residency with Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Michelle Podgorski’s watercolor exhibit “Fragmented Landscape” will be on display.

There is a $5 entry donation to support our programs, kids under 12 are free as are families who participated in the spring semester of our AfterSchool Program.

Come on down!
51 Green Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Saturday, June 14, 2014
12:00-4:00pm
$5 entry donation

The AfterSchool Program is the heart of Green Street. Students in Grades 1-8 foster creativity and build problem solving skills in an environment with strong role models. Our interdisciplinary approach allows for a wide range of class options in art, math, and science.

The 2014 Fall Semester runs from September 8th – December 5th. Elementary School students can be here from 4:15-5:45pm (5:15 on Fridays) and Middle School Students can be here from 3:15-5:45pm (5:15 on Fridays).

Call us this week to set up a registration appointment for your child, 860-685-7871.

Here is the list of Fall 2014 classes. We have added in video links of class performances and projects from prior semesters to give you a better idea of what our students learn in AfterSchool. If a picture is worth 1,000 words then a video must be priceless. Call us for more details on schedules and fees. We offer tuition discounts for Wesleyan faculty and staff, and for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

  • African Drumming (Grades 1-5)
  • Animation (Grades 6-8)
  • Art and Science (Grades 1-5)
  • Art Around the World (Grades 1-5)
  • Art with Math (Grades 3-5)
  • Art within the Rainforest (Grades 1-3)
  • Beginning Breakdance (Grades 1-3)
  • Beginning Hip Hop (Grades 1-3)
  • Capoeira (Grades 3-5)
  • Computer-Aided Art (Grades 3-5)
  • Environmental Art (Grades 1-3)
  • Improv Theater (Grades 3-8)
  • Intermediate Breakdance (Grades 3-8)
  • Intermediate Hip Hop (Grades 3-8)
  • Kids in the Kitchen (Grades 1-3 and 6-8)
  • Musical Mentoring  (Grades 1-5): During these 60-minute lessons with a Wesleyan University student musician (often on a one-on-one basis), children will study a musical instrument. Students will be allowed to borrow an instrument to practice at home– at no extra cost!  After a rich, semester-long musical experience, many students will participate in a recital performance.
  • Recess Rocks (Grades 1-3)
  • Rhythm in Music (Grades 1-3)
  • Science Club (Grades 1-3)
  • Simple Stylin’ Fashion Design (Grades 3-5)
  • Spanish Language and Culture (Grades 3-5)
  • Tap Dancing (Grades 3-5)
  • Visual Arts (Grades 6-8)
  • Wesleyan Bound (Grade 6-8): This class exposes students to the college experience via weekly visits to Wesleyan University. Students meet student leaders, tour science labs and art galleries, and more.
  • Yoga (Grades 1-5)

AfterSchool Tuition Costs

*$25 non-refundable deposit due at registration.

**There is an additional $5 fee for each half day (no discounts).

Tuition below reflects the cost of a single day’s options for one full semester.  Parents can choose to enroll a child for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days per week. If your child attends both Class and Homework, both fees apply.

Elementary School (Grades 1-5)

$150        per each one hour-long Class for entire semester

$75           per each 30 minute-long Homework session for entire semester

$225        per each day of full-time programming (Class + Homework)

If your child will attend multiple days per week, multiply the above Class and Homework fees by that number of days. For example, tuition for a full-time elementary student (Class + Homework) who attends 5 days per week would be: $1,050   (4x $225 for M-TH + $150 for Fri., when there is no homework session)

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

$150        per each one hour-long Class for entire semester

$300        per each 2 hour-long afternoon of Class/Classes for entire semester

$75           per each 30 minute-long Homework session for entire semester

$375        per each day of full-time programming (2 hours of Class + Homework)

If your child will attend multiple days per week, multiply the above Class and Homework fees by that number of days. For example, tuition for a full-time middle school student (Class + Homework) who attends 5 days per week would be: $1,800   (4x $375 for M-TH + $300 for Fri., when there is no homework session)           

Financial Assistance Available

Families receiving free lunch receive an 80% discount; reduced lunch 60%; Wesleyan staff and faculty 50%. We offer a 50% discount for siblings. However, only one of these various discounts can be applied per family.

For more information on financial assistance or payment plans, please call Claudia Wolf, Financial Coordinator at 860-685-7797.

 

Teaching artist Lindsay Behrens gave a history lesson on Leonardo daVinci’s life and then gave participants a drawing lesson with tips on how to draw and position facial features. Our visiting artists then made their own egg tempura paint and painted their portraits. Everyone had a great time and cant’ wait for the next workshop.

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Our next Visual Arts Workshop will take place on  Thursday, July 10th, 2014. Teaching Artist Meredith Arcari will teach us about the life and technique of Vincent VanGogh from 6:30-8:30pm. The cost for the workshops is $45 and includes all your supplies. Call the front desk today at 860-685-7871 to sign up.

 

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On Thursday, July 10th, 2014 come to a visual arts workshop from 6:30-8:30pm led by Green Street Teaching Artist Meredith Arcari. This introductory hands-on workshop explores the history of Vincent van Gogh and his work through the use of line and color. Come and create your own work of art and experience using color to express emotion. No experience needed, workshop open for teens and adults.

Workshop fee – $45 (includes $20 worth of supplies)

Please call or email the Green Street Arts Center by Monday, July 7th to reserve your space.

860-685-7871 or gsac@wesleyan.edu

*All workshops are contingent on a minimum enrollment.

Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools in partnership with Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center is offering two internships to Wesleyan University or Middlesex Community College Students.

 

This is a unique opportunity for organized, tech savvy individuals interested in the elements of planning, developing, implementing and coordinating particular aspects of the HOT Schools program including the HOT Schools Summer Institute (SI). The SI is an intensive interactive arts education experience for 200 plus artists, teachers, administrators and parents engaged in school culture change through strong arts, arts integration, and democratic practice.

 

To apply: Please send a resume and letter of interest to hotschools@wesleyan.edu

 

Arts in Education (AE) Conference Planning Interns

 

Duration:  The AE Conference Planning Interns will work from May 27 – July 24, 2014

 

Description:  Participating in event design, planning and implementation

  • Research and compile relevant resources
  • Assisting in creation of promotional materials
  • Managing multiple data systems (school reports and plans, on-line registrations and surveys, etc.)
  • Organizing materials and supplies for presenters
  • Networking with educators, artists and presenters
  • General clerical duties (copying, filing, assembling materials, etc.)

 

Qualifications: The candidate for this position should be a self-starter with strong writing skills, be proficient in using excel and Google docs and have general clerical skills. The position requires flexibility, strong interpersonal skills and an interest in working collaboratively. Drivers license and access to a vehicle preferred.

 

Payment: $10.00 per hour over 9 weeks

May 26 – June 13 at 20 hours a week

June 14 – July 24 at 40 hours a week

Imagine walking through a hallway of floor to ceiling watercolors, created to make you think a little more about the world around you. That is exactly what you can do at the Green Street Arts Center starting in June. 

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During the month of June, we will be exhibiting the oversized watercolors of Michelle Podgorski, an artist originally from Rocky Hill, CT but now residing in North Carolina.  This is a photo of a detail of one of these giant watercolors entitled Weeds, but quite honestly this isolated “slice” of her work really does not pay justice to the power of these large scale studies of the natural world (some are over six feet tall)– nor to her deep appreciation for the perseverance of nature despite the destructive forces levied in the name of human “progress.”

Podgorski begins her artist’s statement– “Every day I drive past a tree that has been carved and sliced to make way for a power line.  Its branches no longer grow on its left side.  And every day I stare out my car window fascinated that it continues to grow as if it ever had a right side.”  In keeping with the Green Street Arts Center’s overarching theme of art and science, Podgorski says that her “paintings focus on the natural cycle of death and growth, adaptation and sustainability that is constantly occurring in the natural world despite our interference and– sometimes because of it”.  But even more moving than these enormous masterfully crafted illustrations of the natural subjects she so admires, is Podgorski’s more subtle, more poetic presentation of expansive areas of pure, white nothingness that she includes.  It is these large stunning areas of quiet, negative space that coerce the viewer to reflect on the environmental destruction and loss of which she speaks.  

On Thursday, June 5th, from 5-8:00 p.m. (in conjunction with Middletown’s Gallery Walk series) there will be an opening reception for Michelle Podgorski’s exhibit, Fragmented Landscape.   Her watercolors will remain on display at Green Street from June 5th through June 26th during regular business hours (M-F 9a.m.-5p.m.)  Podgorski’s exhibit will also be viewable during Green Street’s Open House festivities on Saturday, June 14th from 12-4:00p.m.  

Additionally, Michelle will present a talk on her work on Friday, June 6th at 12:15p.m.   The public should call 860-685-7871 to register for this free lunch time presentation by the artist. 

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