Professional Development Opportunity for Educators

Closing the Gap in 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 English Language Arts and Literacy. We will use the art exhibits in the galleries as springboards to dive into the connections between the arts and English, and we will provide time and support for arts- integrated lesson planning.

Our Rationale

It is well documented that 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 and offering opportunities for both concrete and abstract experiences. They address multiple strands of the NC Essential Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy for grades Pre-K through 8th 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, Mimi Herman and KT Childress, and Luc Travers, CAM Museum Interpretation will lead:

Paper Birds Flying Words: Starting with the sculptures of Grainger McCoy at the CAM, we will explore his captured moments of balance and flight, their reflection in the visual arts and the connection to local North Carolina song birds and their habitats. We will create our own “real McCoys” from recyclable materials--old books, newspaper, cereal boxes, and paper towel tubes. We will create written narratives exploring the sculpture and it’s personal connection and significance. You will be able to easily re-create this in the classroom.

Art Smart/Word Smart: Visual Literacy and Poetry: From Homer to Keats, poets have always found inspiration in visual art, translating visual literacy into a verbal art form. In Art Smart/Word Smart, we’ll explore a variety of artworks, find the ones that inspire us, view through our eyes, and express them with our pens. You’ll become Ekphrasis Detectives, exploring visual art to discover its secrets, and translating those secrets into your own poetry. After this workshop, you’ll be an expert in using visual literacy to promote verbal literacy.

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, instructor-guided tours of the museum’s exhibitions and select objects in the museum’s permanent collection not on view.


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.

November 10, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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