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Creative Educator Workshop Series #2: Animal Adaptations

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How do different environments affect how animals adapt to their environment?

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The Outside the Lens Arts Integration Workshops explore the language of visual and media art through our project design process, supporting teachers with the skills to integrate media arts into their core curriculum. Workshops will address English Language Arts and Science standards alongside VAPA and NCA standards. By leveraging arts education resources and expertise through this professional development opportunity, teachers can provide more meaningful arts experiences for students.

During these participatory workshops we will explore the concepts of visual and media arts within a classroom setting, and how we can apply these skills to various curriculum to amplify students’ voices, both as critical consumers and conscious creators of media. Participants will walk away with an arts integrated project and lesson plan to use with students.

Workshop #2: Animal Adaptations

How do different environments affect how animals adapt to their environment?Students examine the ways that animals have evolved and adapted to their different environments through photographic examples. Using photography and digital art students think about their own environment that they inhabit regularly (either their home or school) and design an animal that is adapted to that environment.

About Outside the Lens

The mission of Outside the Lens is to empower youth to use digital media to catalyze change within themselves, their community and their world.

Our innovative program engages youth, encourages them to tell their stories and teaches them that participation in their community’s future makes a difference. We use cameras and digital media along with a proven educational strategy that allows youth to think creatively, engage in issues that are important to them and advocate for social change.

Jana McBeath, Media Educator

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Jana graduated with her M.A. and B.A. in photography from the Manchester School of Art in the North of England. She has extensive experience as a freelance photographer and as a teaching artist for young people and is hugely passionate about both. When not taking photos you can find her dreaming about the ocean or watching sci-fi movies with her husband.

Aaron Gilliam, Media Educator

Aaron was born and raised in America's Finest City. He received his B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and Photography from California State University, Fullerton. While studying abroad, Aaron realized his passion for learning about other cultures and has been a youth sports coach in his local community since 2012. Before Outside the Lens, Aaron worked in Public Relations for a startup in Orange County and as a Photographer for the Kansas City Chiefs and National Football League in Los Angeles before starting his own business, AG images. When he isn't behind a camera or computer, Aaron is with his wife, son, and two dogs, camping and hiking, gardening, or crafting DIY projects, all while listening to music.

Save the date! April 22nd, 4:00-5:30 pm

Workshop #3: #rememberearth: Students will learn about the historical, cultural, and environmental influences of the iconic Earthrise film, reflecting on their own point of view of the living world while creating their own visual representation that captures their relationship with the earth.


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