TEACHING

Instruction    |    Professional Development  |    Consulting    |    Public Speaking

A national award-winning artist educator, Dr. Virginia K. Freyermuth has taught for over 40 years to all age and experience levels from grades Pre-K through 12, college, and adults. Virginia is currently a licensed art educator in the state of Massachusetts. She promotes a holistic approach to the teaching of art by which the heart and mind are open to possibility, where intention and intuition are honored, and where doing work that matters with wonder, grace and love is valued. She believes that each person has the capacity for authentic, personally meaningful artistic engagement and that the creative process can be transformative. Art is viewed as inclusive, an inherent part of whom we are as human beings; it is our universal language.

INSTRUCTION

WORKSHOPS, RETREATS  and CLASSES

Discover, replenish, nourish, celebrate, and enjoy the artist within! Virginia's workshops and retreats are designed to help you connect with your inner creative self by promoting concentrated, in-depth exploration in a supportive environment. These amazing, transformative experiences offer either focused, on-site learning experiences, or online instruction organized around particular themes, ideas, or media.

Virginia is creating new art instruction opportunities via distance learning. 
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A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
Patricia Neal

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Virginia offers dynamic, interactive professional development workshops for K-12 Educators of all disciplines pertaining to themes of Creativity, Holistic Art Education, Arts Advocacy, Place-Based Teaching, and Artist Journaling as a tool for self-reflection and discovery. Please contact Virginia to learn more.

Nurturing Creativity
For         All Adults and Teachers, All Disciplines, K-12. (No previous art experience required!)
Length  Can be tailored to your needs
Type       Interactive, inquiry-based, hands-on workshop
Topic
Understand the characteristics of the creating mind by embracing the creative process.
Examine ways that a well-facilitated creative process can build respectful learning communities.
Discover why creative development matters--now and in the future.

Holistic Teaching of Art
For         Art and Classroom Teachers Grades K-12, Parents, Art Education Students
Length  Can be tailored to your needs
Type       Interactive hands-on workshop
Topic
Understand and experience how artistic learning can promote personal 
transformation. Examine ways to honor the whole child through meaningful artmaking.

Arts Advocacy: A Team Approach
For           K-12 Arts Teachers, Art Education Students
Length    Can be tailored to your needs
Type         Interactive, collaborative hands-on workshop utilizing art, writing, and in-depth discussion
Topic
Learn positive, powerful means for educating colleagues, decision-makers, parents and the community about the essential need for art in a comprehensive K-12 curriculum.  Depending on length, develop an advocacy plan for you department.

Pride of Place: Mural Making around Local Histories, Natural Environment, and Cultural Traditions
For          Art and Classroom Teachers Grades K-12, Art Education Students
Length   Can be tailored to your needs
Type       Interdisciplinary, collaborative hands-on workshop
Topic
hrough the study of history, local traditions and/or natural environments, discover varied processes for creating murals that are infused with meaning and pride

The Artist's Journal: Integrating Word and Image in Handmade Books
For          All Adults, Art and Classroom Teachers Grades K-12, Art Education Students
Length   Can be tailored to your needs
Type        Interdisciplinary, interactive hands-on workshop
Topic
Engage in the creative writing process. Create art around open-ended questions that encourage personal reflection. Make handmade books that elegantly integrate word and image.

 

CONSULTING

Consulting for Curriculum Development

Dr. Virginia Freyermuth offers school systems and arts organizations vision and guidance for the development of quality arts or interdisciplinary curriculum that engages teachers in a thought-provoking, interactive process. She is well-versed in requirements of state standards and understands the challenges and opportunities of 21st century teaching and learning. In this way, she views curriculum development as an opportunity to bring a renewed sense of energy and purpose to teaching.

Virginia has worked as a professional consultant for grades K-12 arts curriculum development in varied school systems. She worked collaboratively for fourteen years as a K-12 Arts Coordinator to develop a nationally-recognized program in visual art. As a member of the Teacher Leadership Academy of Massachusetts, she has worked collaboratively with teachers of varied disciplines as a member of the Strategic Planning Team to define goals and actions of the organization.

Selected prior Massachusetts Arts Education Curriculum Consultant Work include: Middleboro, MA, Public Schools; Dover-Sherborn, MA, Public Schools; Plymouth Public Schools, MA; Lincoln Sudbury High School MA; Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA Building the Museum Education Department

For further information about consulting services, please call 508-866-5700 or use the Contact Page.

 

PUBLIC SPEAKER    |    KEYNOTE    |    PRESENTER    |    ARTS ADVOCATE

 

Dr. Freyermuth has long been a passionate advocate for the arts, art education, and the profession of teaching for over four decades. She has a noteworthy record of dynamic public speaking and advocacy work before national, regional and local audiences and on television and radio. She is also engaged in ongoing research and has written for varied professional and popular publications. Virginia has given presentations with Dr. Peter London concerning their research for the Transformative Teacher Project. 
Please contact Virginia Freyermuth to inquire about keynote speeches, workshop presentations, appearances, and consulting.
 

 

TEACHING BACKGROUND

Following her many years of distinguished statewide and national award-winning teaching in K-12 public schools, Dr. Freyermuth taught for five years as a full-time faculty member of gradaute and undergraduate courses before her retirement from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

Dr. Freyermuth then held the position of Master Art Teacher for the Connecting Oceans Academy's (COA) graduate courses for seven years. The COA was affiliated with the ECHO Project, Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations, a federally-funded educational and cultural enrichment initiative annually serving thousands of children and adults in Alaska, Hawaii and Massachusetts. She also co-taught a course for Teach!SouthCoast at the Center for School, University and Community Partnerships. Dr. Freyermuth further held the position of Assistant Professor of Art Education at Rhode Island College from 2010-2014, also serving as the Art Education Program Coordinator in 2013/2014. She was named the 2014 Rhode Island Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. Please view her resume for further details.

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us...out into the world, miracles happen.   
Henry David Thoreau

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