Karen O. Brown

Karen O. Brown provides workshops, residences and Professional Development workshops focusing on arts integration, STEM to STEAM and hands-on learning for all. Karen Brown's workshops are available all year. Karen has successfully presented bookmaking workshops in many schools during family nights, international nights, math nights, reading nights, etc. as well as for team building and socio-emotional learning exercises. Questions? Contact karenobrownarts@gmail.com.

Winter Programs

Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

Hands-On Book Making for Every Student and Every Subject! *
From Pre-K3 to 12 and Professional Development for staff, bookmaking brings hands-on learning to everyone. Explore the simple Accordion Book to more complex structures, students learn easy techniques to create handmade books in the subject of your choice. Pick a topic you are working on and take learning to the next level with Teaching Artist Karen O. Brown. Karen inspires creativity and builds confidence in all students as the classroom curriculum is explored in new ways.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Math, Science, Arts, Diversity, Social and Emotional Learning, My lessons are based on the choice from the teacher on the curriculum she/he wants to highlight, therefore they can cover a wide variety of topics, etc.
Discipline: Visual Arts
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource, Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs, My workshops with students will be a mix of options. Each session will be planned by myself and the lead teacher in advance with optimal student learning as the goal. 
Learning Standards:  

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3 - Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3 - Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A - Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4 - Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Grades: Early Childhood (0-5), PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult/Alternative Education
Length: 45 mins. to 60 mins
Accessibility Measures: Adjustable Volume, Closed Captioning, Audio Description, Large Font Print, Sensory-Friendly, Much of my teaching has been in special ed classrooms and with children with challenges. I have seen my workshops successfully translate into online learning for a wide variety of students and situations. I welcome collaborating with teachers in all types of environments.
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.

Previous Lotteries

Presented by: Karen O. Brown

Students learn hands-on bookmaking connecting to your choice of classroom subjects. Book structures offered include the Cereal Box book, the Japanese Accordion fold, Maze books, the Iris Fold, the House Book, Pop-Ups and more! Students engage quickly as we explore new materials and techniques. This workshop reaches all types of learners and is excellent for lessons needing a fresh approach. The workshop or residency is individually designed for your classroom or team. Professional Development workshops for teachers in Bookmaking and other subjects are also offered.
Length of the Event: Half-day or Full-day workshops available
Discipline: Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Science, Math, History & Geography, Diversity, Foreign Language, Technology, Architecture/Urban Studies, Language Arts
Grades: PreK-12
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Presented by: Karen O. Brown

Sharpen students engineering skills with engaging, hands-on learning! A variety of projects offered include: Galimotos: Toy trucks and cars made from recycled materials and they actually roll! Based on the children's book entitled “Galimoto." (1-5th grade) Matatu: Toy size Mini-vans from Kenya made from recycled materials-each depicting a theme. Based on the children’s book entitled “Matatu.” (PreK-3rd grade)
Length of the Event: Half-day or Full-day workshops available
Discipline: Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, History & Geography, Diversity, Science
Grades: PreK-5
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Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.