Oakland Visual Art Teacher Network is a professional development collaborative for OUSD Visual Art Teachers, student teachers and our visual art and design community partners. Our time together is centered around project-based learning and hands-on art-making as a tool for growing our art teaching practice.
VATN provides a safe and supportive space for arts teachers to share their best practices, receive advice on classroom dilemmas, and to nurture the art teacher’s creative spirit. VATN provides the opportunity for members to be both workshop participants and workshop facilitators. Through our Wednesday professional development series, we tour each other’s arts programs and build upon our collective knowledge base. We share a common vision that our school district is a place where all children deserve a rigorous, relevant and joyful visual art experience.