Art=Opportunity Bootcamp hosted for educators, parents and artist

by Marilyn Huerta


Last week, teachers, parents, artists and educators came together to participate in three, “hands-on” workshops that led them through a creative “bootcamp” focused on visual arts and theatrical activities.

Dr. Laurie Stowell from the School of Education was just was one of several talented instructors hosting the creative workshops and her presentations were focused on writing, visual literacy and book illustrations. She facilitated a book-making project that not only taught participants how to design and construct a children’s book but she also taught how to read a book to a child by pointing out the details of the illustrations and understanding messages that most wouldn’t notice.

Other activities were theatrical where participants drafted impromptu storytelling techniques, interpreted poetry and then acted them out. Teachers tapped into colors and emotions, explored music, media and dance and all while learning about Visual and Performing Art Standards and the Arts and Common Core.

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Dr. Merryl Goldberg is at the helm of Art=Opportunity, an Arts Literacy Initiative, and she is teaching others how to use music, theater, dance and visual arts as tools that will lead teachers as to how to create lesson plans that integrates the arts. #artopportunity @cehhs_csusm

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The ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign is facilitated by Center ARTES at California State University San Marcos funded by The Stuart Foundation.


To learn more about the programs that supported this opportunity, please visit:


San Marcos Writing Project

NCPDF – North County Professional Development Federation

Arts Empower San Diego – SD County of Education

La Jolla Playhouse

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