Professional Development Opportunity for Educators

Closing the Gap in Digital Literacy with Arts Integration

"That was a very rewarding day at CAM! Meeting new people and learning ways to integrate the Arts into the classroom was exciting! The poetry workshop was spot on as we have been working with a resource class (full of boys) trying to encourage creativity through poems. The building of the shapes and group discussions about what the shape reminded us of made the poem writing a breeze! I look forward to taking this back to the boys!!"

- Robbin Dunthorn, EC Teacher
6th - 8th Grades
Pender County Schools

This professional development session is offered free for all educators and parents in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Sampson counties. Designed collaboratively by the Cameron Art Museum and the Southeast Center for Arts Integration it incorporates elements of both arts-integrated and hands-on learning experiences with Digital Literacy, English Language Arts, and Science. You will see how to use art, viewing exhibits in the galleries as springboards, to dive into the connections between the Arts, Digital Literacy, Science, and English, and we will provide time and support for arts-integrated lesson planning.

Our Rationale

Traditional textbooks and verbal instruction can fail to engage the portions of the brain that are needed to truly comprehend and apply the concepts essential to deep understanding. These workshops are built on strategies that foster deep understanding by engaging the whole brain. They address multiple strands of the NC Essential Standards in Digital Literacy, English Language Arts, and Science for grades Pre-K-8 and are taught by teaching artists who are able to provide experiential, collaborative learning experiences to both teachers and students.


Southeast Center for Arts Integration faculty, Jen Crickenberger and Jaclyn Bowie, and Luc Travers, CAM Museum Interpretation will lead:

The Art of Digital Literacy: Blending Photography & Poetry, with Jen Crickenberger: Bring your own, or your school’s, devices with forward-facing cameras and learn how to put them to use in this fun, laid back workshop! Participants will view an inspirational slideshow and learn how to compose beautiful images by integrating the elements of design—such as line, color, and framing—prior to their photo shoot. Following the photo shoot comes a photo-editing session that uses free apps for enhancing and sharing photos. Finally, participants will write a poem connected to their favorite photograph. There will be time to plan how to implement elements of this workshop in their own classrooms. This workshop connects to NCSCOS standards for Art, Digital Literacy and Literacy.

Scuppernong Sandimation, with Jaclyn Bowie: Get your hands sandy and your head tech-savvy in this tactile animation workshop that builds understanding of our coast’s aquatic ecology while fostering digital literacy, creativity, collaboration, and hand-eye coordination. We will work in small crews and use common materials to research, sculpt, and animate models of coastal water systems exemplified by the Scuppernong region. Upon completion, teachers and parents will have what they need to implement this workshop in whole or part in their own teaching of Science, Social Studies, Art, Digital Media, and at home. Bring a tablet or phone with a camera and some memory.

How Can YOU Use the Cameron Art Museum? Let Us Count the Ways! The CAM has rich resources for teachers and students that you can incorporate into your teaching practice. See how many connections you can make between the art in exhibits and your curriculum. Find out about classes for adults and youth, weekend workshops, field trips, arts-integrated lesson plans designed for educators, and instructor-guided tours of the museum’s exhibitions.


We plan for all of our workshops to result in CEU’s for teachers. We can provide workshop descriptions and vitae of all workshop facilitators as needed by school systems. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Registration Information

The full-day workshop takes place at: Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC
Registration is free and includes lunch.
Space is limited; registration is required!
Registration is open and will close when workshop capacity is reached.
Participants must register online

May 4, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This program is funded by the Joseph and Elsa Flowers Davies Fund