Roles of the Teaching Artist, Teacher, and More

Teaching Artist Roles in Curriculum Integration

The Teaching Artist may function in any one, or any combination of these roles.

1. Teaching Artist as Presenter– The artist presents their work in a demonstration. The work is connected to designated curriculum and students/teachers are lead through the process of “mining” relevant information and skills. The artistic work functions in the same way a primary source document would function for an historian.

2. Teaching Artist as Content Specialist- The artist often brings in specialized knowledge, not only of their art form, but also the cultural/historical/scientific background to their work. The classroom teacher cannot be an expert in every subject, so the artist can share their unique knowledge to animate lessons and motivate students.

3. Teaching Artist as Co-creator– The artist leads students/educators through the process of creating an artistic response to a given body of information, ideas, and skills. The artist solicits conceptual ideas from the students/educators that will give shape and form to the new work. The artist creates a draft from these conceptual ideas for collaborative editing, and a final draft is generated.

4. Teaching Artist as Mentor– The artist leads students/educators through the process of creating individual artistic responses to a given body of information, ideas, and skills. The students and educators create the work individually with the guidance of the artist.

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