Professional Development


Professional Development Workshops demonstrate practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, teaching about the arts and teaching through the arts.

They expand teachers' understanding of the visual and performing arts and help to reinforce classroom curricula.

Teacher Workshops

Professional development workshops for teachers demonstrate practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, about the arts and through the arts!

Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Workshops demonstrate practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, about the arts and through the arts.

  • Fee: $5 per registrant. LPSS educators: FREE! Registration is paid by LPSS.
  • All materials and a light meal included.
  • Most workshops carry CLU credit.
  • Most workshops take place at Acadiana Center for the Arts.
  • To register, call 337-233-7060 or email [email protected]. Or register on LPSS' WisdomWhere.

Ukulele Suitcase Basics

  • Jane Vidrine
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • 4:30–7:30 PM
  • For teachers of grades 1–5

Put a ukulele in your students’ hands and let the learning begin. This workshop gives you access to the traveling set of ukuleles that you can borrow for your classes and will teach you the basics of playing it and teaching it in a music or general classroom setting. Two teachers who have had success with Ukulele Suitcase project will join Jane Vidrine to present their stories about using ukulele in both regular and adaptive settings.  No previous experience needed. Instruments are provided for the workshop but feel free to bring your own if you have one.

Creating an Artist’s Visual Journal

  • Kathy Reed
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2017
  • 4:30–7:30 PM
  • For teachers of grades 6–12

In this workshop, we will construct a simple, sewn signature book. Examples and directions  for various other kinds of bindings will be offered, as well as ideas for media and materials. This is a wonderful project for middle and high school students that allows them to create books that are personal, and that can be used for creative writing, art-making, or as gifts for people in their lives. 

The workshop will present the idea of an artistic journey in self-awareness that uses words as prompts. This approach also incorporates techniques for introducing mindfulness practice as a preparation for idea generation and journal work. Through this project, students are encouraged to create a personal response, and to explore visual possibilities for interpretation. 

Art I-10: From Here, This Looks Like Me

  • Paddy Bowman and Darrell Bourque
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • 4:30–7:30 PM
  • For teachers of grades 3–12

In conjunction with the exhibit Art I-10, the poet Darrell Bourque and folklorist Paddy Bowman will inspire infusion of folklife, visual art, movement, and poetry across subject areas and grade levels. Building on an exhibit tour, the workshop will focus on evoking personal traditions and exploring identity in relationship to place through applications useful for the classroom.

This workshop is a companion to the AcA’s Art I-10 Exhibition (open October 14, 2017–February 17, 2018)

Conflict Management Through Drama (CMTD): Conflict/Anger Management

  • Zeb Hollins, III
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • 4:30-7:30 PM
  • For teachers of grades 3–12

Many sources of conflict (interpersonal and societal) will never be fully resolved, but they can be managed. Drama techniques allow students to distance themselves from actual conflicts while fostering meaningful investment in managing positive outcomes and building resiliency. Participants will learn how to construct a drama in education workshop that focuses on fictional, non-fiction and real world conflicts. In this culminating workshop, participants brainstorm and define conflict, types of conflict and effective conflict management skills. By the end of this workshop participants will make connections between conflict and anger management by identifying anger triggers, behavior response and consequences. Participants will develop a classroom/school-specific project focusing on Conflict Management and Violence Prevention.

Writing the Hero’s Journey: Building Writing Skills through Storytelling and Oral Language

  • Stuart Stotts, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 4:30–7:30PM
  • For teachers of grades 4–8

Teachers have recognized the value of pre-writing exercises in helping students develop their writing. But, when the pre-writing takes place orally through storytelling, the organization of a story, its descriptive language, voice, and sentence fluency all follow more easily for students. Using the story form of the hero’s journey (rite-of-passage stories), teachers explore basic storytelling techniques for pre-writing exercises and learn a process for helping students create stories that draw on their creative thinking and oral communication.

Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration

  • Stuart Stotts, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • 4:30–7:30 PM
  • For administrators, arts specialists, teaching artists and teachers of all grade levels

Many of the Kennedy Center’s professional development offerings are based on a philosophy and practice of teaching called arts integration. So what is arts integration? This session unpacks the Kennedy Center’s definition and gives you the opportunity to uncover the characteristics of quality integration. In addition, the session includes your participation in an arts-integrated lesson and examines how arts-integrated instruction aligns with current learning principles and best practice.

Linking Language and Dance

  • Cissy Whipp, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • 4:30–7:30 PM

For teachers of grades 2–4 and English Language Learners

Using a kinesthetic approach to language, this workshop brings language arts to life. Warming up with action verbs and modifying the action with adverbs relates to the way dancers tune up and create with their instrument – the body. Concrete nouns are expressed as body shapes, adjectives modify those shapes and a prepositional phrase adds a spatial relationship. By embodying these parts of speech, we find parallels between creating good descriptive writing and creating good choreography. We progress from writing simple Cinquain poems about dance elements to using choreography to inspire creative writing. Participants will collaborate to create expressive, descriptive dance/spoken word performances that serve as a springboard for noticing deeply and for communicating orally, kinesthetically and through writing.

Ukulele Suitcase More than Basic

  • Jane Vidrine
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • 4:30–7:30 PM
  • For teachers of grades 1–5

Designed for teachers who have a little playing experience or who have already borrowed the Ukulele Suitcase, this workshop takes your playing skills beyond the basics and provides time for sharing ideas and songs that work for you in a variety of settings. Music teachers and classroom teachers are targeted. Teachers who have used the Ukulele Suitcase in their classes will co-present the workshop. Your participation gives you access to borrow a classroom set of ukuleles!

Teaching Art Forum: Connecting Art Teachers from Across Acadiana

  • October 24, 2017
  • December 5, 2017
  • January 30, 2018
  • March 20, 2018

Do you ever feel alone while creating lesson plans for your art students?

Wish you had someone to bounce ideas off of?

Looking for new ways to engage your students and wishing you weren't the only art teacher in your school?

Well, you're not the only one!

Gather with your tribe at art forums designed especially for art teachers and teaching artists (all art forms welcome).

Gatherings are held at the AcA from 4:30pm–6:00pm

Have questions or Want to register?

Contact Bree Sargent, AcA Education Coordinator: [email protected] or call 337-233-7060 x222


Click here to download our 2017–2018 Arts in Education Catalog.


To register for one of these workshops, contact:

Bree Sargent
[email protected]

You can also register on LPSS Coursewhere.

Workshops fees are $5 per registrant. LPSS educators: registration is paid by LPSS. Most workshops carry CLU credit.


All workshops take place at the AcA from 4:30–7:30pm unless otherwise stated.