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Interested in a piece of art? A workshop? A school program? One on one coaching? Have something to share with me?

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My email is: dar(at)darsworld(dot)com

You can also call me: 908.720.2066


New Hope, PA

908.720.2066

The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

Teacher In-Service

Tired of the Same Old In-Service Sessions?

My Teacher In-Service & Professional Development Programs are meant to be inspiring, thought-provoking, informative...

And, most of all, FUN... yeah, I said FUN!

 

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Cultivate Creativity!

My featured program for educators is called “Cultivate Creativity,” and focuses on my philosophy of what creativity really is (and, hey, we ALL have it!) and how to increase it in your classroom. I will share my Creativity Credo with you, go over my Three Components of Successful Creative Writing, talk about ways to think about writing poetry with children and show you some inspiring examples of quick and easy projects you can do in your classroom to get your kids excited about writing AND to fulfill literacy standards.

All of my educator sessions include a hands-on creative art project.... don’t worry if you don’t think of yourself as an artist because I promise you will enjoy it. You might even relax, enjoy it and say it’s a little like “therapy”!

I offer everything from single session presentations to full and multi-day "institute" programs.

 

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ART TEACHERS:

If you are interested in a district/region Art Educators Session, I offer a more intensive, technique-based seminar that can focus on my unique, dry-adhesion collage method as well as other art techniques and offers information specific to the art teacher’s objectives.

Basic price information HERE.

Selected Educational Conferences & Presentations

2014:

International Reading Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

American Horticultural Society's National Youth & Garden Symposium, Columbus, OH

Teaching Out of The Box, Annual Summer Institute, Flemington, NJ 

2013:

Tri-County Reading Association, Winter Conference, Hunterdon County, NJ

International Reading Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

American Horticultural Society's National Youth & Garden Symposium, Lansing, MI

Teaching Out of The Box, Annual Summer Institute, Califon, NJ 

2012:

International Reading Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

American Horticultural Society's National Youth & Garden Symposium, Washington, DC

Teaching Out of The Box, Annual Summer Institute, Califon, NJ

United Way Center for Excellence Early Educator's Conference, Miami, FL

2011:

Tri-County Reading Association, Winter Conference, Hunterdon County, NJ

International Reading Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

American Horticultural Society's National Youth & Garden Symposium, Lansing, MI

Teaching Out of The Box, Annual Summer Institute, Califon, NJ 

2010:

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) "Delight in Discovery" Annual Conference, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Center City Philadelphia

American Horticultural Society’s National Youth & Garden Symposium, Pasadena, CA

Mid America Nazarene University Summer Literacy Institue, Olathe, KS

Art Educators of NJ Annual Conference, Garden State Exhibit Center, NJ

New Jersey Association of School Librarians Annual Conference, Long Branch, NJ

2009:

First Grade Teachers Conference, Kean University, Union, NJ

American Horticultural Society’s National Youth & Garden Symposium, Case Western Reserve University

2008:

American Horticultural Society’s National Youth & Garden Symposium, University of Delaware

Kindergarten Teachers Conference, Kean University, Union, NJ

Tri-County Reading Council, Hunterdon County, NJ

NJSCBWI Annual Conference, Princeton, NJ

NJ Children’s Writers Guild, Winter Seminar, Flemington, N

2007:

Central NJ Reading Council Winter Workshop, Bridgewater, NJ

South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Book Evaluation, Seneca High School, Tabernacle, NJ

New Jersey Association of School Librarians, Annual Conference

2006:

New Jersey Association of School Librarians, Annual Conference

2004:

Tri-County Reading Council, Hunterdon County, NJ

2003: 

T.A.B.L.E. (Teachers Applying Balanced Literacy Everyday), Ascutney Resort, Brownsville, VT