PCCA’s Virtual Academy is a series of video courses available for rent to schools and community organizations. Rostered teaching artists with PCCA’s Arts in Education residency program, a partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, have created instructional videos – with accompanying lesson plans and resource materials – designed to explore the core elements of their artistic disciplines.
Sites may solely book the virtual course (hosted on Google Classroom) consisting of three to five video lessons and access to supplemental materials, or expand the opportunity into an artist residency with additional virtual or in-person instructional days. The Virtual Academy provides access to arts education programming for PCCA’S service area and gives our teaching artists an opportunity to engage students in new ways. Courses will be rented for an access period of 90 days. Please see the below list of the exciting options we have available!
If you would like to rent a course or learn more about PCCA’s Virtual Academy, please contact Rachel Barron, Arts in Education Coordinator, at email@example.com or 717-740-6953.
Chinese Dragon with Hua Hua Zhang
Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3
Learn about the friendly Chinese Dragon in this fun visual arts class with Hua Hua Zhang! Throughout the course, students will be guided through the creation of a paper collage and a dragon shadow puppet. Hua Hua will show you around her beautiful art studio and demonstrate the art of Chinese Puppet Theater.
Creative Storytelling with Rachita Nambiar
Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten
Rachita Nambiar introduces children to the land of India and storytelling. This course targets physical and emotional development in young students through fun use of hand gestures and facial expressions, used to tell stories and make objects/animals. The dance videos can also be used as a great exercise tool to engage children in a classroom setting.
Superpower Art Quilt with Janice Bailor
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Textile artist Janice Bailor guides students through the creation of their own Superpower Art Quilt in this exciting, five-lesson course! Join her in multi-part lessons which include artist vocabulary, techniques, project creation, and even a stop motion video to increase understanding of self-expression through the textile arts. Schools and sites can choose to add or incorporate live virtual sessions with the artist for an additional fee.
Stop Motion Animation with Rand Whipple of Box of Light Studios
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Join Box of Light’s Rand Whipple in creating a stop motion animation from start to finish. Rand guides students through the setup, shooting, and editing processes with the use of accessible tools and apps. This course includes teacher videos, app tutorials, and bonus content for students eager to dive into the digital arts.
Performance Confidence with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s Abby Leffler guides students through the basics of confidence on the stage. Students will learn how to apply character and projection, as well as various warmup exercises in this three-lesson course. This course includes bonus content specifically tailored for middle and high school students!
PCCA’s Virtual Academy is made possible by funders through our EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) program: Dumor, Inc., Orrstown Bank, Pennian Bank, PPL Electric, Weis Markets