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April 28, 2014

Art workshops slated for May

JOHNSTOWN — Two workshops at two museums will instruct how to teach the arts and how to further an arts career.

“Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

Reservations are required by May 7.

The VSA workshop will be hosted by Mary Ann Shaw, who has 20 years’ experience working with children and young adults on the autism spectrum, and Jim Donovan, a multiplatinum recording artist and educator.

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago to provide arts and education opportunities to people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

The program will focus on both visual and performing arts.

“This year’s combination of speakers will highlight the performance arts,” said Jessica Campbell, the museum’s education coordinator. “It will be a change of venue since the museum usually focuses on the visual arts.”

During the workshop, participants will receive an overview of characteristics of autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other pervasive developmental disabilities.

There also will be a discussion on strategies for behavior management and the best practices in assessment.

Shaw is employed by St. Francis University designing and teaching special education courses.

She also is director of St. Francis CARES, a community outreach program that delivers social skills training to children who display characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism.

Shaw is presently working on a manual called “Teaching Art and Communication Skills to Children with Autism Using a Direct Instruction Approach.”

Donovan’s mission is to empower, inspire and connect people.

His programs use music as a vehicle for personal growth, healing and the creation of community.

Donovan has a bachelor’s degree in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh and is completing his master’s degree in education leadership at St. Francis, where he is on faculty.

The cost for the workshop is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch.

A career development workshop for visual artists hosted by Marcene Glover of Johnstown will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 17 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

Reservations are required by May 15.

Glover, a professional artist whose work is regularly commissioned by members of the U.S. Congress, will discuss ways artists can successfully market themselves in the art world while also providing tips on building a portfolio, pricing your work and writing artist statements.

She will help budding artists learn the types of galleries they should be targeting and provide information designed to help artists talk about their work to collectors.

Grant writing and accepting commissions also will be discussed.

Workshop participants are invited to bring one to three original works of art for an informal critique, but artwork is not required to attend the workshop.

Glover’s paintings hang in museums, university collections, federal courtrooms and congressional libraries.

She studied fine arts at Seton Hill University before embarking on a career as an art educator.

She is currently a consultant for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Traditional Arts Infrastructure Initiative and the Art Works building of Bottle Works in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, where her studio is located.

She has worked as a courtroom artist for television and newspapers.

The cost for the workshop is $25 per person, which includes coffee, pastries and lunch.

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