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Continuing Professional Development for Teachers

Workshops and Programs Available


Dr. Bartholomee has presented workshops and teacher in-service programs regionally and nationally since 2014. Located in Arlington, Texas, she is available for half and full day sessions throughout the year. 


Inquiries welcome:

Workshop Descriptions:

The Sky’s the Limit: Building an energetic and growing art program


Would you like to increase enrollment in your advanced art classes, expand participation and ignite enthusiasm?  This workshop is ideal for secondary art educators looking to develop growth in the size and energy of their programs.  We will review successful strategies and resources available at any campus such as starting or enhancing an active art club, developing higher level art courses, and retaining talented students.  Interactive activities will include developing an action plan for your school and program, problem sharing and brainstorming solutions.


Time Frame: Discussion and action plan development: 60-90 minutes


The First Two Years


This hands-on workshop is designed for educators in the first two years of teaching as well as pre-service and student teachers.  Teachers who have moved to new schools and grade levels will also benefit from the support this program offers.  The presentation focuses on practical, real-world strategies for setting up a classroom, developing effective classroom organization, and managing materials as well as student behavior.  Collaborative discussion and problem solving is invited as we utilize the texts of educational instruction for reflection and art making.  At previous presentations of this workshop this support for new teachers was eagerly received.  Beyond the formal presentation, idea sharing between participants yielded a fruitful and meaningful workshop experience.


Time Frame: Discussion only 45-60 minutes; Hands-on workshop 1-2 hours.

Can be adapted for any fine arts or all subject area teachers.


Previously presented for:

Texas Art Education Association Conference, McAllen, TX, 2018

Fort Worth ISD Art Educators, January, 2019


Who Am I? Building Identity and Leadership through Artmaking

This workshop presents four student art projects focused on the themes of Identity, Self-Esteem, Goal Setting and Independence.  Discussion topics focus on benefits for students that are nurtured through the creative process.  Variations on these projects and lessons can be tailored for unique groups (such as young women or men, race or ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and other communities).  These activities are designed to encourage reflection in the participants and pave the way for increasing personal agency, where the artistic process will inspire students to imagine and then create their futures with intentionality and confidence.  


Time Frame: Discussion only 45-60 minutes; Hands-on workshop 1-3 hours.


Previously presented for:

National Art Education Conference in Seattle, WA, 2018

Texas Art Education Association Conference, Galveston, TX, 2017 (two sessions)


Feed Me: Nurturing Creativity in Advanced Studio Art Programs

Teaching advanced art students brings many unique joys and challenges to art educators. The rigor of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs often brings out the best and worst in our developing art students. This workshop addresses instructional challenges such as nurturing creativity while fulfilling the requirements of AP and IB programs, motivating students through a ‘slump,’ supporting college portfolio development, and challenging highly talented students. Artmaking activities explore sparking creativity and personal motivations through painting and multimedia. The outcome empowers teachers with tools to meet instructional challenges and share in the victories of their most accomplished art students.


Time Frame: Discussion only 45-60 minutes; Hands-on workshop 1-3 hours.


Previously presented for:

Texas Art Education Association Conference, Galveston, TX, 2017


Where Creativity Thrives

This presentation examines the nature of creative places, from personal to global, and the impact of creative communities.  Acknowledging that the artist’s studio holds the aura of creativity, the presentation reviews a variety of qualities of creative places (such as a history of creative achievement) and the nature of creative stimulation as tied to geographical places. We then apply these ideas to school and classroom environments, successes and challenges, as related to creativity and invention for our students.


Time Frame: Presentation and discussion, 45-60 minutes


Previously presented for:

Texas Art Education Association Conference, McAllen, TX, 2018

University of Texas ‘Creativity in the African Diaspora,’ History Department Conference 2016


Creative Teaching and Teaching Creativity


Rise above the clamor for creativity from the corporate economy to seek authentic creative practices.  There is increasing pressure on educators to deliver creative instruction.  School districts, legislators, and STEAM programs look to art educators to pave the way.  This workshop begins with examining art educators’ own beliefs about creativity, considers new research and philosophy, and then opens the door for educators to discover and develop strategies for teaching our students how to bring out their own unique creative attributes.

Time Frame: Discussion only 45-60 minutes; Hands-on workshop 2-3 hours

Previously presented for:

Art Educator In-Service sponsored by the Onstead Institute, University of North Texas for Mabank ISD Educators (all subject areas), June 2018

Fort Worth ISD Educators (all subject areas, 6-8th grades), February 2018

Dallas ISD Art Educators, at UNT Dallas, June 2016

Northstar School Faculty (all subject areas, 1-12th grades), June 2015


Un-Purposing the Art Room…With Purpose

Workshop description: Materials and tools in the art room are ripe with meaning and use, but what happens when we un-purpose those objects?  Releasing art media from its intended purpose also frees the phenomenological encounter of the artist and art educator for unfettered creative expression.  This presentation challenges art educators to cultivate their own creativity and that of their students as we approach an entirely new way to work with school art media.

Time Frame: Discussion only 45-60 minutes; Hands-on workshop 2 hours

Previously presented for:

National Art Education Association conference, New York, 2017

Texas Art Education Association conference, 2016



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