KU to Host 81st Annual Art Education Conference Friday, Nov. 22

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Artists, art educators and art students come together for a day of collaborative learning and workshopping beginning at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, in the Nancy Jean Stump ʼ54, Multipurpose Room of McFarland Student Union for Kutztown University’s 81st annual Art Education Conference. This year’s conference is titled “We are Makers of… Art, Curriculum, Change!” The conference focuses on the connections between how the conception and production of art influences and reflects the conception and production of curriculum.

Full Conference Schedule

Conference registration is required and will be open from 7:30-8 a.m. in 218 MSU for attendees who are not pre-registered. The conference will include two keynote speakers with time for book signings and questions, student roundtables and hands-on workshops conducted by a host of professionals and professors in a range of media.

KU art history instructor Tim Betz will show attendees how to make an egg tempera painting using Italian Renaissance techniques. Art educator Leslie Friedman will experiment with collagraphs in the classroom. Dr. Leslie Gates, associate professor of Art Education at Millersville University, will engage attendees with book-making techniques which can be transferred to the k-12 classroom setting. Long time jeweler and educator Jana Gregonis will teach attendees about the mechanics and beauty of laser-cut kaleidocycles and how radial symmetry can translate into the classroom. Assistant professor at KU, Dr. Delane Ingalls Vanada, explores how materiality intermingles with identity to create a reflective and inquisitive methodology to art-based research. Fiber artist, Kachina Martin, will demonstrate how to capture the resurgence of embroidery in fashion and art. Rick Salafia, multimedia artist and educator, has created a fun and exciting workshop to address troubleshooting creative roadblocks. Assistant professor of Ceramics at Kutztown University, Gwendolyn Yoppolo engages the art of surprise and inspiration through open-ended prompts in the ceramics studio.

“Through play, creative approaches to both making and curriculum emerge. Possibility for change heightens as we consider the impact of studio activities in concert with pedagogical approaches building meaningful experiences for all learners,” keynote speaker Dr. Lois Hetland writes in her 2013 co-publication, Studio Thinking2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education.

Hetland frames the spirit of the conference in her presentation, “Teaching from the Contemporary with Studio Thinking.” She will also lead a workshop to further demonstrate the benefits and uses outlined in her presentation. Hetland is a professor and the graduate coordinator in the Art Education department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Trained in music and visual arts, she taught elementary and middle school students for 17 years and has since co-authored multiple books and published articles and research. She has been involved and done work with many prestigious organizations including the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Art21 Educators’ program, MassArt, the National Science Foundation and the Studio Thinking Network.

Keynote speaker Dr. John Howell White will be presenting “Ghost Stories: A tale of how useless objects facilitate useful work.” White is a professor of Art Education at Kutztown University. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and is the author of “Experience Painting.” White is the 2012 National Higher Education Art Educator of the Year and the 2009 Pennsylvania Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.

For further information about the conference or Kutztown University’s art programs, contact the Art Education office manager, Tracy Reidenhour, at treidenh@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4520.