I am pleased to have been selected as one of the instructors for the University of the Fraser Valley summer program for teachers. The theme is “Innovation”, and I am scheduled to teach two 1-wk courses, which are now open for registration. Please share this with any teachers, for they may qualify for TQS (Teacher Qualification Service) upgrade.
482E — Cultivating Creativity to Facilitate Curricular Change
4-8 July 2016, 9am – 4pm
Join professional painter, avid writer, ‘wanna-be’ musician, and recovering philosopher, Lalita Hamill for five days of facilitated exploration into transformative creativity.
Spend two days reflecting on and assessing your connection to creativity, followed by exposure to a contemporary framework about the creative process and where innovative ideas really come from.
Under Lalita’s guidance, spend the next three days with your peers using yout combined knowledge and experience to examine ways to effectively integrate the Arts (music, dance, drama, language and visual) with core curriculum.
Through light-hearted curiosity and critical analysis, be inspired and empowered to further enhance your students’ academic progress, social development, and emotional growth.
Although the bulk of material is relevant to all ages, sections involving practical solutions focus on activities for students in grades 6-9. Upon completion, you have the ability to:
1. inquire into and assess your, and society’s, assumptions, misconceptions, and blockages relating to creativity.
2. Use creativity as a regular reflective practice
3. Identify and cultivate creativity in your students A
4. Apply practical ways to cultivate and maintain students’ academic success through curiosity, joy and play.
5. Critically assess and creatively resolve classroom challenges.
6. Explain to parents, caregivers and peers why creativity, curiosity, and mindfulness are important.
7. Continuously develop a creative personal vision and plan for innovation to move forward as an innovator of curricular change.
482G — Cultivating Creative Expression through Technique: Drawing and Watercolour for Gr. 6-9
11-15 July 2016, 9am – 4pm 2 credits
Learn how to:
· Identify the connection between creativity and academic excellence
· Understand and reflect upon one’s creative process and when to ‘push through’ vs. ‘recharge’
· Critically assess whether to place more emphasis on process or outcome
· Use “comparative measurements” to more accurately depict subjects and backgrounds
· Explain how to model the illusion of light (through the use of tonal values)
· Show how to effectively model the illusion of depth (i.e. perspective)
· Demonstrate basic techniques in watercolour and ink
· Stimulate your student’s creativity by knowing what kinds of questions to ask, and how to respond to their questions
· Effectively critique your students’ work in ways that are supportive and sincere
Instructor(s): Lalita Hamill
As a professional painter and writer with a Philosophy degree, Lalita Hamill integrates both hemispheres of her brain, and teaches others how to do the same. Lalita has taught for over thirty years, with a focus on art instruction for the past twelve years.
Lalita studied at the Vancouver Academy of Art. Lalita is “not only an outstanding artist, she is one of those rare people with the ability to teach”. Clients include: Langley School District (NID programs and the Gifted Kids Program), Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association, YMCA Self-Employment Program, and Federation of Canadian Artists.
Lalita has won significant awards for her artwork and community service, and is well respected as a painter, teacher, writer, facilitator and mentor. Her most recent award was Grand Prize at the 2014 Annual International Representational Show in Vancouver. “I paint and teach” she says, “to gently awaken in myself and others that which has been lost, hidden or buried.” Information and testimonials are available on Lalita’s website under “about Lalita”.