A Four-Tiered Certification Program for Artists Wishing to Expand Their Careers and Enhance their Skills as an Artist-Educator

In all aspects of education, there is increasing interest in “whole-brain” learning — learning that is proven to be highly effective when delivered through the arts. Over the past decade, neuroscientists have learned much about the developing brain. As part of The Royal Conservatory, Learning Through the Arts® (LTTA) has been developing its arts-based integrative learning methodology since 1994. Due to our consistent framework and focus on artist training and teacher professional development, we are now seen to be at the leading edge of integrative learning worldwide. LTTA has grown to become one of the most extensive arts-based public school initiatives globally.

This certification is in response to the need for consistent training of Artist-Educators. We anticipate there will continue to be an expanding need for artists at all levels in schools across Canada and, increasingly, in international and corporate settings as well as social service agencies. The four-tiered artist training program is designed to provide community artists with:

• Relevant learning modules
• Consistent standards of delivery
• Highly skilled facilitators
• Practical tools for artists
• A sequence of clear levels of achievement in building skills and experiences
• Opportunities for reflection and growth

What is the Opportunity for Artists?
Standards
Curriculum Modules for Artist Certification Program
Artist Success
Course Descriptions and Modules
     Artist-Educator Foundations Course
     Level I – Artist-Educator
     Level II – Lead Artist
     Level III – Mentor Artist
Frequently Asked Questions
Application and Registration Procedures
Course Admission

What is the Opportunity for Artists?
Working in classrooms, social service agencies, and other institutions requires a special kind of multifaceted person.  An Artist-Educator is someone who is proficient in one or many art forms but who also possesses many other skills and qualities such as compassion, patience, creativity, and ability to communicate effectively.  Artist-Educators have the desire to learn and weave important educational and community concepts with their knowledge about their art form.

The purpose of this training program is to help artists develop advanced educational skills, such as creative problem solving, knowledge of curriculum, and an understanding of child development. Certification is an opportunity for interested artists wishing to deepen and strengthen their Artist-Educator practice.

Courses offered as part of the Artist-Educator Professional Training:

  • Foundations Course 
  • Level I – Artist-Educator
  • Level II – Lead Artist
  • Level III – Mentor Artist

Standards
All artists participating in these courses are expected to develop professionally by attending all sessions, submitting expected lesson plans and assignments, continuing their work in the classroom or community as well as practicing their art form.

Curriculum Modules for Artist Certification Program
The curriculum for each course level is divided into various strands — Program Orientation, Program Planning and Delivery, Marketing, and Public Relations — which increase in complexity and depth at each level, enabling artists to build substantively on their skills, if they choose to continue through the levels.

Artist Success
The intended outcome of this training is to provide artists with the prerequisite skills to successfully implement the certification program. Artist evaluation will include:
• Successful completion of the training modules
• Effective participation in the training modules
• Lesson plan writing
• Collaboration skills
• Presentation skills
• Self-reflection
• Peer Mentorship

Course Descriptions and Modules

Artist-Educator Foundations Course

The Artist Educator Professional Training is for artists who are already engaged in arts education, and for those who would like to learn more about arts education.  The Foundations course offers artists a window into working in schools and/or community and health care settings through hands-on, activity-based exploration. Participants can expect to come out of this level with concrete skills which they can use to bring their art form to work with children and youth in various settings.

Each class of the Artist-Educator Foundations Course is a structured exploration of a module (listed below) using fun, hands-on arts-infused learning.  Each lesson, once delivered, is deconstructed to ensure understanding of the teaching tactics and arts-based techniques.  The course combines educational content and theory with a creative “laboratory” environment – artists are given supported activities though which they experiment with applying their arts discipline in educational and community contexts.  During class presentations, artists will participate as a “student” learner and as a “facilitator”.  The course includes modules on how people learn at different stages of life, effective partnering, and how to develop and structure arts-based lessons that are effective and engaging for learners.  Our courses are facilitated by expert leaders who are both working artists and experienced educators.

A Foundations Artist-Educator is an effective communicator capable of developing meaningful relationships with teachers and lesson plans in partnership with teachers. The Artist-Educator is motivated to make a contribution to children, youth and teachers and is willing to learn about school culture.

The Foundations course prepares you for

  • Work in elementary, intermediate and secondary schools as well as in community settings
  • Developing meaningful and relevant lesson plans
  • Effective communication with students, teachers and staff
  • Development of solid partnerships with educational or community partners
  • Making appropriate programming choices for a variety of ages, stages and abilities

Course Modules for Foundations

  • Merging Artist and Teacher/Social Worker Culture
  • Engaging Effective Partnering
  • Engaging Effective Session Management – Teaching Tactics and Strategies
  • Exploring Multiple Intelligences Theory
  • Understanding the Arts Curriculum
  • Preparing Lesson Plans (Foundations Level)
  • Understanding Ages and Stages of Development (Foundations Level)
  • Articulating Your Creative Process

Prerequisite for Foundations

Must be a practicing artist. A practicing artist is defined as someone who has basic training (formal or informal), or are self-taught in their fields, spends a significant amount of time practicing their art, and seeks payment for their work.

Dates, Times and Cost

Sundays, Oct 19 - Nov 16, 2014 (5 full days, 30 hour course)

10:00am – 5:00pm each day

$600

Register

For information about the OAC sponsored Artist-Educator Foundations Course offered in sites accross Ontario every Spring, please check back in January 2015.

 Level I – Artist-Educator

The Artist Educator Professional Training builds on the learning begun in the Artist Educator Foundations course and adds another layer of understanding to the work of an Artist Educator. Through this course, artists develop their skills to work successfully in schools and or in community settings, blending educational content and theory within a creative, arts-infused, “laboratory” environment. Artists apply their learning through the creation of lesson plans and presentations. 

Modules will be presented on subjects such as arts curriculum, working with youth and how to develop and structure arts-based lessons that are effective and engaging for learners. Participants can expect to come out of this level with concrete skills which they can use to bring their art form to work with children and youth in various settings.

A Level I Artist-Educator is a highly effective communicator capable of developing meaningful relationships with teachers and community partners. The Artist-Educator is motivated to make a contribution to community and school settings.

The Level I course prepares you for

  • Work in elementary, intermediate and secondary schools as well as in community settings
  • Working with core curriculum such as math and language arts
  • Developing meaningful and relevant lesson plans
  • Effective communication with students, teachers and staff
  • Development of solid partnerships with educational or community partners
  • Making appropriate programming choices for a variety of ages, stages and abilities

Course Modules for Level I

  • Understanding School Culture and Teacher Culture
  • Working with Community and Social Service Organizations
  • Engaging Effective Partnering in Schools or Community Settings
  • Session Management – The Art of Questioning (Level I)
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Social Studies, Science and Math Curriculum through the Arts
  • Literacy Curriculum through the Arts
  • Preparing Lesson Plans (Level I)
  • Inclusive Practices (Level I)
  • Understanding Ages and Stages of Development – Working with Youth

Prerequisite for Level I

Must have completed the Artist-Educator Foundations Course with a passing grade.

Dates, Times and Cost

(Fall) Mondays, Sept 22 - Dec 1, 2014 (no class Oct 13) – 10 week course

(Winter) Mondays, Jan 26 - Apr 20, 2015 (no classes Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 6) – 10 week course

6:30-9:30pm

$600

Register

Level II – Lead Artist

The Level II course continues the learning of Level I, deepening the artist’s ability to work in schools and community settings. This course leads to the designation of “Lead Artist” and blends a sequential approach to core educational content and theory with a creative “laboratory” environment in which artists can experiment with applying their art forms to the delivery of interesting projects.

The course focuses on topics such as how people learn at different stages of life, adult education, understanding the brain, and how to develop and structure arts-based lessons that are effective and engaging for learners, including adult learners, as well as marketing yourself and your projects. Participants in this course will gain a deeper understanding of presentation skills and how to approach potential partners to pitch their projects.

A Level II Artist-Educator is preparing for a leadership role. In addition to working in classrooms, these Artist-Educators are also capable of delivering a variety of adult workshops to teachers, artists, parents, administrators and the community.

The Level II course prepares you to

  • Deliver workshops to teachers, school administrators, and staff in a community setting
  • Deliver demonstrations to funders, media or other audiences
  • Deliver workshops for other artists
  • Present to parent and community groups

Course Modules for Level II

  • Teaching in a Variety of Contexts
  • Session Management – Workshops for Adults
  • Current Brain Research and the Arts
  • Media Literacy
  • Rubrics and Assessment
  • Creating Lesson Units
  • Inclusive Practices (Level II)
  • Understanding Ages and Stages of Development – Adult Learning
  • Technology Skills for Presentations – Working with Still Images and Text
  • Presentation Skills – Pitching Yourself as an Artist Educator
  • Facilitating Professional Development
  • Parent and Community Presentations
  • Marketing and Communications – Resumes and Bios

Prerequisites for Level II

  1. Must have completed Artist-Educator Professional Training – Level I (minimum of 65%)
  2. Permission from the Course Director

Dates, Times and Cost

(Fall) Thursdays, Sept 25 – Nov 27, 2014 – 10 week course

(Winter) Thursdays, Jan 29 – April 9, 2015 (no class Mar 19) – 10 week course

6:30-9:30pm

$600

Register

Level III - Mentor Artist

Become a leader in the emerging field of integrative education.  Building on the core learning of the Lead Artist course, this intensive course leads to certification as a Royal Conservatory Mentor Artist.  A mentor artist can play a significant role in contributing to the training of other artists and has the capacity to work with a wide range of organizations at a very high level.  This is a true community leadership course. 

The mentor artist training explores such topics as coaching, leadership communication, presentations, and project design and evaluation, and applying your skills to national and international settings.  The course evaluation includes a practicum component and submission of a project proposal, and a text package. It can only be taken after time to practice and integrate the learning of Levels I and II has occurred.

A certified Level III Artist-Educator plays a significant role in contributing to the training of other artists and has the capacity to work with a wide range of organizations. As a senior ambassador for the arts and education, they are capable of mentoring others as well as making presentations to corporations, governments and other potential funders. A mentor artist expands their skills to work with NGO’s, social service agencies and contribute to arts and education on the international stage.

Level III certification prepares you to

  • Work in collaboration with organizations to support them in their objectives
  • Present and work as an Artist-Educator worldwide
  • Write effective grant applications
  • Vision and lead arts educator projects
  • Mentor others

Course Modules for Level III

  • Teaching in the Global Context
  • Communication Skills – Conflict Resolution
  • Communication Styles
  • Visioning Your Artist-Educator Dream Project
  • Arts Education Project Planning and Budgeting
  • Inclusive Practices (Level III)
  • Technology Skills for Presentations – Working with Video
  • Presentation Skills – Understanding Context to Create Effective Content
  • Coaching, Evaluation and Feedback
  • Marketing and Communications – Building Relationships for Sales
  • Marketing and Communications – Promoting Yourself through Social Media

Prerequisites for Level III

  1. Artist-Educator Professional Training – Level II (minimum of 65%)
  2. Minimum of 40 hours of teaching or facilitating in a school or social service organization accumulated within the last 3 years.
  3. Permission from the Course Director

Application Requirements

  1. A completed application form
  2. Letter of recommendation from someone who has experienced your work as an Artist-Educator (e.g. from a partner teacher/staff liaison, or principal/community supervisor)
  3. A Short biography (max 200 words) that summarizes your work as an Artist and as an Artist-Educator

Dates, Times and Cost

Monday-Friday, June 8 - 19, 2015

10am-5pm each day

60 teaching hours plus a practicum

$925

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  I am a teacher who is familiar with the arts. Can I still take the course?

These courses are for working artists who are interested in working in educational or community and social service settings. They are not designed for teachers, although an exception may be made for artists with teacher training.

2.  Are these Royal Conservatory courses or Ontario Arts Council courses?

All of these courses are created and run by The Royal Conservatory. The Ontario Arts Council is a sponsor for the Foundations courses that take place Ontario-wide in the Spring only. They have offered advice and guidelines in reference to the content and delivery of the Foundations course. 

3.  What are the differences between all courses? What are the main areas of focus for each course?

See the descriptions for each level for details and course modules. The Foundations course is an introduction. The three other levels build upon each other and together create a truly comprehensive exploration of the skills needed to be an expert in the field of arts and education. 

4.  What exactly will I get once I complete all three levels?

You will have full certification from The Royal Conservatory. You will receive a certificate and be invited to attend Convocation, the graduation ceremony held by The Royal Conservatory.

5.  Is the certification recognized in the community?

Yes. The Royal Conservatory is an internationally recognized institution.

6.  What are the job prospects once I have completed?

You are taking a certification program from an internationally recognized institution, with the support and recognition of the Ontario Arts Council. You are also receiving training in presentation skills, marketing your projects and grant writing. The aim of these courses is to empower the artists who participate in it.  It provides you with the skills you need to work as an Artist-Educator.

7.  What are some examples of what people can do with this training?

This training will help artists to work in schools and community and social service agencies such as mental health facilities, shelters, or youth centres. You can also apply to existing arts-based programs or for arts education grants to create and implement your own projects.

Application and Registration Procedures

Artist-Educator Foundations Course

All applicants must register through Registration and Student Services.

Registrants must provide a brief description of their experience to illustrate how their skills and experience meet the prerequisite. The information provided will then be submitted to the instructor for confirmation.

Prerequisite:
• Must be a professional working artist. A professional artist is defined as someone who has basic training (formal or informal) or are self taught in their fields, spends a significant amount of time practicing their art, and seeks payment for their work.

Artist-Educator Professional Training – Level I

All applicants must register through Registration and Student Services.

Prerequisite:
• Must have completed the Artist-Educator Foundations Course with a passing grade.

Artist-Educator Professional Training – Level II

All applicants must register through Registration and Student Services.

Prerequisites:
• Must have completed Artist-Educator Professional Training – Level I (minimum of 65%)
• Permission from the course director

Artist-Educator Professional Training – Level III

All applicants must register through Registration and Student Services.

Prerequisites for Level III

  1. Artist-Educator Professional Training – Level II (minimum of 65%)
  2. Minimum of 45 hours of teaching or facilitating as an Artist-Educator in a school or social service organization (within the last year)

Application Requirements

  1. A completed application form
  2. Letter of recommendation (from a teacher, principal or co-facilitator)
  3.  Permission from the Course Director

Course Admission

Advanced Standing or Equivalent
Please note that we do not accept any advance standing or equivalent experience for Foundations. All applicants must start with Foundations to move on to Level I and then to Level II.

Certificate Requirements
In order to receive final certification, students must complete all required assignments and practicum hours as well as receive a minimum of 65 percent for all three levels of training.

Funding
Applicants may be eligible for an Access and Career Development grant through the Ontario Arts Council. The annual deadline is in early May. Click here for more information. Other grants available through the Ontario Arts Council can be found here.

For questions related to Royal Conservatory courses, please contact:
Phone: 416.408.2825 / 1.888.408.2825
Email: conservatoryschool@rcmusic.ca

For questions related to the Ontario Arts Council, please contact:
General Inquiries
Phone: 416.961.1660 / 1.800.387.0058
Email: info@arts.on.ca