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Upcoming Symposia and Conferences

Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History

November 19-22, 2015

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History and a Past Forward

The last History of Art Education conference took place at The Pennsylvania State University in 1995, following two similar-themed conferences held there in 1985 and 1989. Continuing the tradition of history and historical research in art education, the Art & Art Education Program at Teachers College will host the conference “Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History” in November 2015 in New York City.

Mark your calendar now for this important conference intended to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of ideas, issues, information, and research approaches used within the historical investigation of art education.

Focus Topics
The organizers of the conference seek paper proposals that center on major historical events as well as overlooked people and episodes within the wide terrain of art education, including but not limited to K-12 public and private schooling, museums and community-based art education, higher education, and international perspectives and experiences in art education. Paper proposals that focus especially on historical research methods, cultural contexts, individuals, institutions, and events within and related to art education are encouraged.

A post-conference website and publication of the proceedings will be developed.

Previous Symposia and Conferences

Creative Technologies Symposium

November 14, 2014

An exchange of ideas and practices with teachers, technologists, artists and students who are interested in the questions: What makes our use of technology creative? How do digital tools and materials contribute to meaning-making and artful explorations? How are these technologies changing teaching and learning?

Conversations Across Cultures: Remixing Art Education

April 11-12, 2014

A symposium exploring pedagogy, instructional practice, student development and curriculum design in college-level art education. The various sessions and presentations investigated the power of art to alter perception, challenge conventions, and further understanding of teaching and learning in higher education.

Thinking Through Drawing: Interweavings
The 3rd International Conference on Drawing, Cognition and Education

October 24-26, 2013

Drawing pedagogy shapes practice, research shapes pedagogy and practice shapes both. Thinking through and about drawing, presenters and discussion groups considered how pedagogy, practice and research inform one another. The symposium called attention to a growing understanding of how cognitive skills developed in drawing can be put to practical uses across various arenas of art education in K-12 schools.

Youth Media Visions
April  12-14, 2013

This symposium highlighted newly emergent cultures and explored the pedagogical potentialities of learning with and from media produced by young people. Offered in conjunction with the United National Alliance of Cultures, the symposium generated a space for dialogue, bringing together educators, youth and media professionals from around the world who use new media in formal and informal settings.

Thinking Through Drawing
October 28-20, 2012

The symposium brought together artists, neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, medical practitioners, designers and educators from the USA and the UK, all with a shared interest in drawing and cognition. This trans-disciplinary gathering of scholars and practitioners addressed a broad range of concerns regarding contemporary drawing  practices, theoretical analysis and education in light of current research.


Imagination and Innovation: What do we want to know about art education history?
December 2-4, 2011

The slow drumbeat of personal histories excavated from a widening global context challenges us with a new and more complex story that is yet in the making. The penetration of official narratives by hitherto unheard voices has opened the past to new forms of research and critique shaping the way history is composed. This symposium brought together the leading scholars in the history of art education to engage TC students in penetrating discussion of the field.


Digital Storytelling
October 15-16, 2011

An introduction to integrating images, sound and video for online publishing of professional profiles as artist educators. The workshop explored digital technology not as an input-output mechanism but for the meandering characteristics that allow for experimentation and offer  personal expression of individual identities as a teacher.


Toying with Play: A Puppet and Toy-Making Workshop
May 20, 2011

Offered artists and educators an exciting opportunity to explore the notion of play through learning to make puppets and toys. The workshop used as a prompt the exhibits from Games NYC to engage with materials and concepts that facilitated the convergence of learning, interacting, expressing and playing.


Teaching Portfolio Design for Artist Educators
January  21-22, 2011

An intensive two-day training including lectures and hands-on sessions for developing and presenting teaching portfolios for student teachers. Emphasis placed on the use of typography and layout to distinguish the teachers’ own work as artist from that of their students’.


The Museum in the Mind of the Artist
March 30 - April 1, 2008

Investigation of the work of the artist-curator poses questions for the future of museums, audience expectations and participation, and visual cultural theory. For the most part, work exhibited in museums has been the province of specialist curators who through their displays and publications orient audience attention to specific theories, philosophies, interpretations, or features of topical concern. This symposium considered how the entry of the artist as both maker and curator has promoted something of a paradigm shift destabilizing the often-comfortable aesthetic assumptions and natural expectations viewers bring with them to the museum experience. By creating new sites for meaning and subjectivity, these artist-curators challenge long-standing relationships between audience and art, opening up fresh insights and aesthetic connections.

Community Arts Education: Exploring Possibilities
November 9-10, 2007

While exciting community programs are daily growing and expanding in scope, comparatively little research has been carried out that captures the policies, purposes, practices and outcomes that characterize their work. This symposium  attempted to bring the best scholars and practitioners in the field together for stimulating and informative discussion. Speakers presented research and demonstrated a variety of practices that exemplified the work of their particular organizations.