2018 Sedona Summer Colony Announces Scholarships for Local Teachers
for Professional Development Workshops

Local retired teacher Joan Roberts has donated $5000 toward scholarships for local teachers to participate in workshops this year at the Sedona Summer Colony. Four workshops at the art residency program take place July 16 – 19, 2018 with an additional workshop taking place August 6 -11, 2018. The Summer Colony artist residency program is presented through a creative partnership between Sedona Arts Center and Verde Valley School.

“As a young teacher, I had a similar experience with Acoma potter Lucy Lewis and her daughters. The impact of that week of cultural immersion changed how I taught.  Teachers who are comfortable artistically themselves become more creative teachers throughout the curriculum,” shared Joan.

Now in its third year, the two organizations have worked together to create a dynamic program offering not only individual artist residencies but also unique residency/workshops. This gives artists the option to jump-start their private residency with a workshop of their choice or even take the workshop as a stand-alone experience. Private residencies are available this year from July 21 through August 11 and can be reserved for one, two or three week durations.

The Sedona Summer Colony has developed 5 workshops that, with college credit from the Yavapai College School of the Arts and Humanities, count toward continuing education credits required for Arizona teachers. Teachers attending the Sedona Summer Colony as independent residents, may also apply for accreditation for their own projects.

Laura Bloomenstein, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities at Yavapai College, oversees the accredited programming available at the Colony. The workshop scholarship applications are available online at SedonaArtsCenter.org/SedonaSummerColony.html.

 “It was a great experience working with Carol Holyoake at Verde Valley School developing this year’s program. We had a lot of creative ideas for workshops that would be a fit for the Colony environment and we wanted to create an opportunity for teachers on summer break to earn continuing education credits while experiencing specialized art instruction. We also wanted to have a Native American cultural immersion as an option and tie into the Surrealist history in Sedona” said Sedona Arts Center Executive Director Vince Fazio

Workshops at the Summer Colony this year explore:

The Magic of Surrealism creates a program where participants can begin afresh where so many modern art movements began. Libby Caldwell teaches many techniques in this 4 day experience using the work of Max Ernst as a starting point.  

A Plein Air Painting Immersion is led by Matt Sterbenz and will take advantage of the dramatic monsoon season allowing students to work both outdoors in the early morning and late evening and in the studio.

Contemporary Mixed Media is taught by Joan Fullerton known for her dynamic process of combining imagery and abstraction and guiding students through a process that teaches artistic spontaneity and individuality.  

The Hopi Pottery Experience creates an intimate opportunity to discover the richness of indigenous culture while working with Rachel Sahmie who studied traditional pottery with her mother Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo, In this workshop you’ll make small pots using traditional Hopi materials, methods and tools including Hopi clay, paint made from traditional plants and minerals, using brushes made from Yucca, using the hand-coiled method, and fired in sheep dung.

The Spoken Word taught by Thomas Eldon Anderson takes place the last week of the Colony (Aug 6 – 11, 2018) and is focused on the fundamentals of performance exploring principles of clarity of thinking, melody of meaning, and expressiveness using mechanics and emotional intention in the service of ‘storytelling’. Appropriate for actors as well as business or professional speech. The last day of this workshop will involve a spoken word performance to which the public will be invited.

Locals to the Sedona area are welcome to commute to the workshops or even to commute to their own residency studio experience and are offered a special rate that does not include lodging but does include breakfast and dinner before and after the workshops.

The Sedona Summer Colony has the primary objective of providing an environment of space and time that fosters the inspiration and creation of new artistic work. The model of the residency retreat is:  undisturbed time, temporary living space, regular included meals, and studio or work space. It also creates the unique opportunity to foster new connections and dialogue amongst participants and instill new opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction and thinking. The Verde Valley School is a unique environment with the feeling of a small village surrounded by inspiring hikes, views and natural wonder - the perfect fit for a full residency experience.

More information about the Sedona Summer Colony can be found at www.sedonasummercolony.org, and the workshops at www.sedonaartscenter.org.







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