The Art of Teaching Secondary Visual Art

The workshop will focus on the following discussion topics, as well as lesson sharing.  

Principles of Artful Teaching: Sharing passionate insights about why we teach and make arts.

Developing Students as Artists: Help students develop knowledge and fundamental skills while weaving in opportunities for creativity and independence.  

Addressing the Diverse Needs of Students: responding to the many differences they find among their students.  

Choosing Instructional Approaches: Taking on a variety of roles, and use many different instructional techniques, as they engage with their students instructors.

Creating Rich Learning Environments: Creating a safe environment where students feel free to express their thoughts and feelings, and to take creative risks.  

Fostering Genuine Communication: Communicate with students, and students communicate with each other, in respectful ways that encourage communication of original ideas through the Visual Arts.  

Making the Most of Community Resources: Develop relationships with community members and organizations by bringing artists into the classroom, taking students beyond school walls, and asking students to draw inspiration from the voices of their community. her classes, giving students strong musical role models.

Nurturing Independent Thinkers: Use formal and informal strategies to assess their students’ progress, and to modify their own teaching practice.  Exploring what proficiencies look like in the visual arts.


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To Bring/Important Notes

Be prepare to share your thoughts, practice and lessons.  Participants can be inspired the sharing and discussion, have some of your favourite art making supplies handy to make art.   When choosing a lesson to share, take under consideration the discussion topics and how your lesson can enhance the conversation.  


10:50 AM - 2:30 PM

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  • Ecole Salish Secondary
    Sofia Trujillo

    I'm currently working for the Surrey School District (British Columbia, Canada) as an Art Teacher and Fine Arts Department Head at École Salish Secondary (since 2018) where I teach students ranging from Grades 8 to 12. I've also taught at Frank Hurt Secondary for 16 years and North Surrey Secondary for a year prior to that.  I'm currently the Surrey Art Teachers Association President and the BC Art Teacher’s Association Graduation Curriculum Rep.  On October 23rd 2020, I was awarded Art Educator of the Year (Graduation Years) by the BC Art Teacher's Association.  
    For my undergraduate studies I attended the University of Fraser Valley completing with a Diploma in Visual Arts. I then continued my education at Simon Fraser University completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Contemporary Arts. I attended the University of British Columbia for my post-graduate studies. I completed a Bachelor of Education with a focus in Art Education. After working as a teacher for 5 years, I received a Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia.
    My favourite activities outside of school are travelling, photography, reading, painting, spending time with my husband, son and friends.
    I think being an Art Teacher is the best job in the world! It is very rewarding to see my students create new things and reach new heights. In my class I am always looking for students who are trying new things, and most importantly, trying their best!!