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Art Education – The Challenges of Curriculum Transition (March 1, 2017 SlideShare)

This presentation examines a school district’s Art I Foundation curriculum change into the Understanding by Design curriculum template. Find out the challenges and successes for this National Art Education Association annual conference in New York City March 2017.

Bring Fibers Into Your Art Curriculum (November 21, 2016 SlideShare)

See examples of art educators in the Plano Independent School District using fibers in their art projects. This presentation gives not just examples, but advice and resources to support including fibers in the classroom. Resources include the website Explorefiber.com, the blog of Cassie Stephens, and the fiber course of The Art of Education.

                  National Art Education Association Monthly Mentor Guest Blogger                            (August 2016 – NAEA)

After being awarded with the National Art Education Association’s award for the Western Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year in March of 2016, I was invited by NAEA to be a guest blogger on their national blog.  You can view the posts I contributed for this month:

Process over Product in Art Education – A Student Centered Approach to    Making Art (March 1, 2015 – SlideShare)

This presentation highlights how to create more flow in a students’ art making process. Emphasizing process over product in art education creates a student centered approach. Different strategies and techniques are incorporated into the author’s lesson plan format: Question Formulation Technique, Artful Thinking, Studio Thinking, Big Ideas, and the Spiral Workshop featuring ideas by Olivia Gude and others.

                         ExploreFiber.com – A Collaborative Educational Website                        with a Fiber Arts Focus ( Aug. 5, 2014 – SlideShare)

ExploreFiber.com is a free, collective resource for the art educator or fiber enthusiast – a place to expand knowledge and share our love of the fiber arts.  Explore Fiber promotes fibers as a contemporary fine art material in art education.  Explore Fiber is a collaborative initiative and resource by and for a community of educators and artists working with fibers through innovative art expressions.

This initiative that fosters a collaborative network provides:

  • quality lessons using fibers as a fine art material
  • videos for inspiration and tutorial support
  • interviews with fiber artists and art educators
  • a blog for communication and dialogue in the broad fiber arts community
  • an interactive space to explore fiber arts in the 21st century

 

                  Essential Question Strategies & Question Formulation Technique                   ( Apr. 9, 2014 – SlideShare)

Learning about the Question Formulation Technique in my graduate studies at Texas Woman’s University has been one of the most valuable additions to my teaching toolkit. This presentation has links to one of the developer’s TEDx talk as well as a video that was made in my classroom at the beginning of the year’s Sculpture I class. You can find out how I have the students return to the essential questions they generated for themselves throughout their creative process, from initial design to their end of project reflection. QFT is a powerful, easy and meaningful way to help our students be more engaged and in charge of their learning.

Video of Author demonstrating QFT here on Vimeo

Trends Article – Artist of the Day Video (Nov. 2013) – Trends – Journal of the Texas Art Education Association – article begins pg. 14 of PDF document)

Article about the use of Artist videos in art classroom as an enrichment tool.  AoD videos are this art teacher’s FAVORITE tool to play with – there is high engagement on the students’ part and we are able to travel past the walls of our art studio/classroom.

                  Paint or Paint App? Value of Creating Digital Vs. Traditional Art                    (May 10, 2013 – Blog Mind/Shift – How We Will Learn)

Blogger Holly Korbey interviewed me for this blogpost because I was teaching an innovative art course approved by the Texas Education Agency in Plano Independent School District for the first time:  Art & Media Communications.  The article compares creating work by hand with traditional tools and materials vs. digital tools and processes.

Creative Conversations in the Cloud (Nov. 2012 – Trends – Journal of the Texas Art Education Association – article begins pg. 32 of PDF document)

Article co-authored with Dr. Christina Bain of the University of Texas at Austin about a collaborative project between her preservice art education students and my high school Art II students.

Stem to Steam (Feb. 26, 2012 – SlideShare)

This PowerPoint presentation highlights the importance of adding the Arts to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum as well as the beginning steps to incorporate the Arts.

Blogging in the Art Classroom (Nov. 10, 2009 – SlideShare)

A PowerPoint presentation about one Art teacher’s experience with using blogs in the classroom.

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