Educator Professional Development

Leonardo's Workshop: Teaching STEM Subjects through Art

DaVinci Arm drawingMay 4 & 5, 2013

Classes are FULL, email to be placed on waiting list.
Graduate Credit FULL!

Non-credit Workshop with Graduate Credit Option
(CI 715, Section 754)

This program is made possible at NO COST by the generous sponsorship of the following partners:
UW-La Crosse College of Science and Health, School of Education, Art Department, School District of West Salem and the Steinke Saterbak Fund

When: Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (30 minutes allotted for lunch, please bring your own)
Where: Room 203, Center for Fine Arts, UW-La Crosse
Presenters: Michael Henry, Art Specialist, Paradise Elementary School, Las Vegas, Nevada & D. Timothy Gerber, Professor, Biology, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Cost: FREE, workshop registration is required for all participants
Optional Graduate Credit: $210

Who should attend:

  • K-8 art specialists and classroom teachers
  • Pre-service teachers who plan certification for K-8
  • Higher education instructors who teach in STEM or STEAM fields


Art Specialists have the unique opportunity to reach all students within the school community. The visual arts contribute to advancing depth of knowledge of STEM concepts and vocabulary within a classroom. Art lessons can also aid non-English speakers with nonlinguistic representations that can reinforce STEM standards.

The arts also contribute to higher level thinking and problem solving as art programs or lessons can go beyond the Spatial/Mechanical, Logical/Mathematical Multiple Intelligences. Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the importance of integrating art into core subjects such as Math, Science, and Engineering Literacy. Participants will also be able to visualize, create and demonstrate specific lessons of art integration.
Classroom teachers without the benefit of an art specialist may also easily utilize these lesson plans and strategies in their classroom.

This presentation will include:

  • Art lesson plans utilizing instructional strategies and cross curriculum experiences which can be used for Math and Science test preparation
  • Art tips and strategies that integrate STEM concepts

The tuition plateau does not apply to students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate credit courses through the  Office of Continuing Education and Extension.

For more information:
Briana Meuer, 608.785.6513 or