A free teacher workshop, Soaring through Science, will be offered to K-12 teachers 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.,  June 22, 2011 at the Stark Museum of Art. This workshop will be led by Brian “Fox” Ellis, an internationally renowned storyteller, author, naturalist and an expert on John James Audubon. The sessions will take place at the Education Center, located at 812 Green Avenue in Orange, and in the Stark Museum of Art, located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange. Registration for the workshop is required. For more information, call 409.886.ARTS(2787).
During this workshop, Ellis will demonstrate how to use birds as a focus for teaching science, art, creative writing and more. This workshop is geared toward teachers for grades 3 – 5, but teachers at all levels will benefit from participating in this exciting learning experience. Lunch will be provided. Participating teachers will receive six Professional Development (CPE) hours. Three additional CPE hours will be awarded to those teachers who also attend the Flights of Fancy: Evening Bird Stroll at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, located at 2111 W. Park Avenue in Orange, on the same day, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
In addition to Ellis performing as artist John James Audubon during the Flights of Fancy: Evening Bird Stroll at Shangri La, he will also give a free performance, Adventures with Audubon, at Lutcher Theater, located at 707 W. Main Avenue in Orange, on June 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. During the theater performance, the audience will hear stories of Audubon’s outdoor adventures mixed with images of Audubon’s art.
Since 1980, Ellis has been touring the world as a storyteller, researcher and speaker on environmental concerns at regional and international conferences, such as the International Wetlands Conservation Conference and the National Association of Gifted Educators Conference. His critically acclaimed performance, Adventures with Audubon, was recently honored by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Program.
“We are excited to provide this extraordinary learning opportunity for teachers in Southeast Texas. Brian “Fox” Ellis is a highly experienced educator who taught at many levels, from preschool and high school to graduate courses and Elderhostel programs. He also is a brilliant speaker, who artfully combines pedagogy and entertainment in his presentations. The workshop participants will highly benefit from his insights about incorporating Audubon’s life and work into teaching science, history, writing and art-making,” commented Elena Ivanova, Chief Educator of Stark Museum of Art.
For more information about the Teacher Workshop: Soaring through Science, call 409.886.ARTS(2787).

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