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.

AHFES In-School Placement

A reminder that the DC Collaborative no longer provides direct funds to cover costs for in-school programs. The cost for a full-day workshop is $850 and a half-day is $650, which will be invoiced to your school at the time of booking. More funding may be provided by the member organization at a later date so please indicate your interest through the Lottery Request Form. Note: In-school Placements will be scheduled based on mutual availability and will be determined after the lottery requests are assigned.

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.
Discipline: Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Science, Math, History & Geography, Diversity, Foreign Language, Technology, Architecture/Urban Studies, Language Arts
Grades: PreK-5
Cost: Half-day $650/ full-day $850
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for "Handmade Books for Every Classroom!"

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)
Discipline: Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, History & Geography, Diversity, Science
Grades: PreK-5
Note: Galimotos and Matatus- 1, 2 hour session OR 2, 30 minute sessions; Puppets- one to three, 1.5-2 hour sessions
View the Standards Alignment

for "Full STEM to Full STEAM Ahead!"


Professional Development Workshop

Presented by: Karen O. Brown
Learn to make simple book structures to deepen and enhance classroom subjects. Early Childhood through High School teachers learn how to increase academic confidence through hands-on bookmaking using everyday materials. Book structures include the Cereal Box book, the Japanese Accordion fold, Maze books, the Iris Fold, the House Book, Pop-Ups and more! Each book structure can adapt to multiple subjects - from math, science, language arts, cultural studies and history. Teachers are encouraged to expand their new skills to fit their own curriculum and the special needs of their students. During the workshop, teachers not only learn and practice their skills - but, are asked to ‘turn and teach’ others in the class. Teachers are given homework assignments to use their new skills and design and make two books with a focus on their most and least favorite lesson. I offer extended learning by phone or email correspondence to follow up on their progress and implementation in day to day use.
Date: TBD
Length of Event: 2 hours
Discipline: Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, Foreign Language, History & Geography, Diversity, Math, Science
Grades: Teachers of PreK-12


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Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY17 partner 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.