Arkansas Craft School To Offer Course for Teachers


The Arkansas Craft School is offering a continuing education course for classroom teachers July 6 – 10, 2009.  The course will be on the Mountain View, AR, campus of the Ozarka College.  Classes are scheduled for 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day.

The course, limited to 30 participants and designed for K-8 elementary and middle school teachers, will provide a variety of experiences for teachers including guidance in the use of arts and crafts in teaching strategies and hands on skill training in basic craft media.  Activities will be directly related to K-8 core curriculum areas with art experiences integrated into all content areas. Teachers will leave the course with developed teaching plans in their teaching subject using art and craft. The course will provide continuing education credit through the Arkansas Craft School and Ozarka College that may be used to meet continuing education/in-service requirements for public school teachers.

Instructors for the course, Dustin Mitchell and Dr. Jayme Huff, are outstanding educational practitioners.  Dr. Huff holds a BS in art education with a studio art major in painting, and she earned the MA in secondary education and the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. She has published numerous articles focused on art and craft in education and is a popular teacher and art education consultant. Dustin Mitchell is art teacher in the Mountain View Public Schools, art instructor at Ozarka College, and a practicing sculptor. He earned the BFA in studio art from Arkansas State University and the MFA in sculpture from Michigan State University. He was a visiting student in the MA Program in sculpture at the Wimbledon School of Art in London, England.

Tuition for the course is $250 but all registered classroom teachers will receive a one-half tuition scholarship reducing the fee to $125. Registration forms are available online at or by calling the Arkansas Craft School at 870-269-8397.

The Arkansas Craft School provides educational opportunities for persons interested in traditional and fine crafts as a vocation or in the use of craft in the educational process.  The School is located in Mountain View, AR and partners with Ozarka College and the Ozark Folk Center.  Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.