Portfolio of Work - Internship w/ InsideOut Literary Arts Project
Visual Thinking Strategies Workshop and Performance at the DIA
During my internship with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, I went through an intensive training program called VTS or Visual Thinking Strategies. This training provided me with important skills that allowed me to facilitate a workshop (pictured on the left) made possible by a partnership between InsideOut and the DIA. Through this opportunity, I was able to lead a group of teaching artists in the creation of a lesson plan for young writers incorporating the VTS process. This included overseeing scheduling, multiple visits to study our chosen art work in the 30 Americans exhibit, and the collection of all information from our brainstorming sessions. The workshop concluded with a guided writing session, followed by an open stage where writers shared their work and received feedback. As a part of this program, I created a poem to perform in collaboration with another teaching artist and presented it in the Rivera Court of the DIA, and again as a part of Detroit's Noel Night. Here is a link to the lesson plan created for this workshop. I was able to use my experience as a teaching artist and my work as a student of English to choose appropriate language that best represented the ideas of the group, and which best articulated the lessons clearly.
As a part of creating this Ritual, I researched teaching the use of metaphors and the benefits to bringing this process into the classroom. Here is the Supporting Literature that I put together to help highlight its value.