Framing the Future Hands on Workshops

Hands on Workshops with Kutztown Craft Faculty and Art Education and Craft Students Sign up for a morning hands on workshop from 9-11 in the craft studios. Kutztown Art Education and Craft students will team teach and present with craft faculty to bring exciting techniques to the art room. Lesson resources will be provided. Space is limited and sign up will occur during registration on Friday morning, November 16th beginning at 7:30.

Workshop Title: A Felt Tradition: Ancient Mongolian Techniques Used in Contemporary Practices. Michael Radyk and Art Education student Melissa Fiskaldo (Grades K-12)

The essence of wet felt-making remains unchanged over centuries. The process of taking wool fibers and combining them with only water and pressure to create a single beautiful piece of fabric is the same today as when it originated in Northern Mongolia during the first century AD. Traditionally, felt was used in many rituals and brought communities together, both through the process of making it and celebrating its creation. This is a rare idea in today's society, but not completely lost. As we make a shift in the educational setting from consumption to participation learning, allowing our students to take ownership of their education as we facilitate their learning experience through project-based lessons, collaboration is becoming more common. In this workshop, participants will learn the history of wet felt-making that began in Northern Mongolia, the traditions and celebrations that brought their community together, and how that can be translated into the modern classroom. The wet felt-making process will be explored through direct instruction by Professor and fiber artist Michael Radyk and Art Education and Crafts student and artist Melissa Fiskaldo. Each participant will have the opportunity to make one sample of felt, which can be used as an exemplar for future lessons.

Workshop Title: An Introduction to Vitreous Enameling with Fine Metals. Jim Malenda and Art Education student Sarah Emert (Grades 9-12).

This workshop will be an introduction to vitreous (heat fired) enamel with some basic techniques that can be utilized in a school setting. Some of the techniques include but not limited to: Limoges, stamping, and drawing.

Workshop Title: Woven Clay. Jim Chaney, Craft student Candace Bergerson and Art Education student Megan Lynch (Grades 7-12).

In this workshop, participants will explore the magic of woven clay.   Clay enhanced with a modest addition of short fiberglass fibers enables one to weave a warp and weft grid  with plastic yet durable coils.  Following a materials and technique demonstration, participants will be invited to try their hand at weaving an 8 X 8 inch sampler which can serve, when fired as a table top trivet.

Teaching in Alternative Settings Panel, Facilitated by Dr. Carrie Nordlund, Kutztown University

This workshop will offer discussion from a diverse panel of nine art educators on a range of issues, strategies, and perspectives associated with teaching in alternative sites.  Attendees will be invited to ask questions and co-construct the discussions.


Andrea Greenlee, New Hope Academy, METC, Inc., Doylestown, PA

Andy Greenlee teaches art and humanities at New Hope Academy in Doylestown, PA.  Her student population draw from over thirty public school districts, and her school serves these students who, for various reasons, are not succeeding in a traditional setting.  She teaches yoga at the Independent Space in Kutztown and LC Fitness, where she works with a range of practitioners, the most recent of which include the Kutztown University top-ranking male rugby team.  Andy has studied at Parsons School of Design, acquired her B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts, and served as a member of IATSE during her film career as a costume designer.  While studying at Kutztown University, she was fortunate to serve as graduate assistant with the Department of Art Education and Crafts while acquiring an instructional certification and working towards the completion of a master’s.


Barbara Johnson, Art Works Studio School, Mount Rainier, MD

Founder/Artistic Director; Art Works Studio School, Mount Rainier, Maryland

Barbara founded the nonprofit organization, Art Works Studio School in 2010. After years of teaching in a variety of settings, she is realizing her long-time dream to bring together those things that are most important for her - social justice and visual art. Her passion for providing opportunities for everyone to explore and develop their creativity is being realized with the help of a tremendous faculty and staff at Art Works.

Ms. Johnson is a working artist whose paintings have been exhibited internationally. She is a joyful and enthusiastic teacher whose love for her subject is only surpassed by her admiration for her students. Barbara is in sync with young people, their music, art and technology.

Barbara has taught at colleges around the country, most notably The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, and The University of Texas; most recently Barbara taught in the Art Department at her alma mater, Elizabeth Seton High School, in Bladensburg, MD.

MAYBE NOT NECESSARY? Barbara’s family has lived in the Washington metropolitan area for seven generations. She is delighted to return to her hometown of Mt Rainier, Maryland with the opening of our new studio space on Rhode Island Avenue. She considers herself a student of many things from Buddhist philosophy to nutrition and alternative medicine and she is a total believer in the notion that art works.

Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Wyoming and an undergraduate Art degree from The University of Maryland. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where she is studying under the mentorship of art educator and author, Dr. Marilyn Stewart, along with extraordinary educators Dr. Carrie Nordlund and Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder.

Melissa Clemmer, Remer & Talbott, Philadelphia, PA

Melissa Clemmer is an associate with Remer & Talbott—consultants to museums and historic sites for exhibitions, planning, and project management. She recently helped plan and implement interactive exhibits for the Los Angeles County Fair; the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia; and the Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show. She also produced the Educators’ Guide to supplement an exhibit on gender equality for Drexel University’s Vision 2020, and completed an education study for the American Revolution Center. In 2008, Melissa was project manager for the Civil War History Consortium in Philadelphia. From 2003 to 2006, she was assistant curator of the international traveling exhibition “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World.” Melissa is also an arts & culture consultant for The Barra Foundation. She has an M.Ed. in Art Education and a teaching certificate in K-12 Art from Kutztown University, and a B.F.A. in Studio Art with Art History Emphasis from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.


Micki McCallister, PA Leadership Charter School, Cyber School

Micki McAllister teaches elementary art online at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School.   She has been sharing her passion for art and technology in this position since 2008. Cyber teaching required development of video production skills and embracing the ever changing  Web 2.0 resources.  Her first career was in Human Resource Management and many of those skills are used in teaching.   While in Human Resources, she attended West Chester University part time for 20 years graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and finally decided what she wanted to be when she grew up!    Micki received her teaching certification from Moore College of Art; and continued on for her Master’s Degree in Art Education at Kutztown University.


Rachel Campbell, Bridges at Bent Creek Assisted Living Residence, Mechanicsburg, PA

Rachel Campbell is a 2008 graduate of Kutztown University's Art Education program. She also completed her Masters in Art Education at Kutztown in December of 2009.  After teaching in several schools and after school programs, Rachel landed in the Assisted Living field.  She currently works as an Activities Assistant at the Bridges at Bent Creek Assisted Living Home in Mechanicsburg, PA.  At the Bridges, Rachel has the opportunity to use her art background with the residents by leading art projects and collaborating with other Activities staff on creative programming for the residents and their families.  Two of her main responsibilities include “Memories in the Making,” an Alzheimer’s Association art therapy program, and “Building a Bridge through Art,” an intergenerational community art event for children to make art with Bridges residents.  She is interested in pursuing art therapy with children in the future.  Outside of work, Rachel continues to make paintings and free-lance herself as an artist. She currently enjoys painting with oil on architectural salvage.


Jessica LaBarca, Art Therapist Resources for Human Development, Stepping Stones Partial Hospital Program Philadelphia, PA

"Jessica LaBarca earned an MA in art therapy from Drexel University in 2012 and currently provides art therapy services for children with mental health needs at a partial hospital program in Philadelphia. Jessica graduated from Kutztown University in 2008 with a BS in art education, and was drawn to art therapy through her interest in the transformative powers of creative expression.
Jessica's background in art education has provided her with a foundational understanding of the process of creating art to deepen one's understanding of self and of the world. Jessica hopes to one day establish a private practice and return to her love of teaching through instructing and supervising art therapy students."


Nancy Yurkovich, Banana Factory and ArtsQuest, Bethlehem, PA; Independent Space, Kutztown, PA

I am a local artist, specializing in painting en plein air, ceramics, printmaking and mixed media. I have a small business called Sunshine Art Studio that provides customized art lessons for all ages, face painting, murals and quality entertainment for parties and events. I am currently teaching 9th grade 3D and ADV. 3D in the Boyertown Area School District. I also teach ceramic hand building classes at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem for adults and children. I teach arts and crafts at Bear Creek Mountain Resort for all of their festivals and during the ski season. Additionally, I teach art classes throughout the year at The Independent Space Gallery in Kutztown and Studio B Gallery in Boyertown. I am currently finishing up my Masters in Art Education at Kutztown University with a concentration in Community Based Art Education. I received my Bachelors in Art Education from Kutztown University in Spring 2008. My first art show called “Capturing the Sound”, a collection of drawings and paintings of local and national musicians created live at concerts is on display at Awesome Dawgs, in Temple Pa till the end of October.


Rebecca Lawrence, Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, Pennsburg PA

Rebecca Lawrence has been the Museum Educator at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg PA, since 2005. She coordinates and develops family workshops and tours, homeschool programs, resource materials, adult programs, K-12 student art exhibits, and public programs.

Rebecca has presented at the annual conferences of the American Association of State and Local History (2011), NAEA (2011, 2013), PAEA (2012), PA Museums (2010), and the Small Museum Association (2010, 2011, and 2013). She has led sessions and workshops on topics of object-based learning for Pre-K students, homeschool audiences, participatory programs, social media, and material culture. Rebecca currently serves on the boards of directors of the Small Museum Association and PA Museums and serves on committees in the Rural History Confederation, and PAEA. She studied at Kutztown University (BFA and art education graduate studies).



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