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Sheyda Ardalan

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ed.D., Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY. (2009)  


M.A. in Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY. (1994)


B.F.A. in Illustration and Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. (1980)           


International Baccalaureate Diploma, Tehran International School, Tehran, Iran. (1976)    



States of Connecticut, New York, and New Mexico; Visual Arts K-12 (042); State of Connecticut BEST Mentor

Scholarly Interests

Mentorship and apprenticeship practices in traditional arts; technology and art education; fine art painting; teacher training.

Selected Publications

2011               Children and their Art. Michael Day & Al Hurwitz; Interview by Michael Day

2010               Creativity Magazine. Interview, Tehran, Iran

2007               Museum Interactions. The Practices of Investigation Series, Teachers College

2006               Mokarrameh Ghanbari and Darikandeh Village of Art. Teachers College Art Education Publications Series


Web Presence

Personal Website:  

biographical information

Dr. Sheyda Ardalan was born in London, England. She grew up in Iran, Switzerland, Egypt, Turkey, and Spain, and speaks Persian, English, Spanish, and Turkish. Upon graduating from Tehran International School with her International Baccalaureate Diploma, she moved to New York City and received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her Masters and Doctorate in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation looked into the mentorship and apprenticeship practices in the traditional arts of Iran and she traveled extensively, observing and interviewing master craftsmen and their apprentices.

In the last twenty years, Dr. Ardalan has taught art to students in grades K-­‐12 in the Cheshire, Milford, and New Canaan Public Schools. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College/Columbia University and Art Teacher at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT. Dr. Ardalan mentors beginner teachers and is cooperating teacher to student teachers. 

Dr. Ardalan lectures on teaching art to children at educational institutions and conventions. She visits Iran every summer, conducting free art workshops in villages. She has also taught art in a juvenile detention center for teenage girls in Tehran. When not traveling around Iran and teaching art, Dr. Ardalan, an advocate of animals, spends her time volunteering at the few animal shelters in the country. 


A&HA 4079: Exploring cultural diversity: Implications for arts education

This course explores issues related to cultural diversity and examines their impact on the practices of art and art education. Teachers reflect about curriculum content, pedagogical approaches, and human relations in the diverse art classroom. Special Fee: $25

A&HA 4281: Field observations in art education

Required of M.A. students or art teacher certification majors. To be taken concurrently with A&HA 4080, Artistic development of children, and A&HA 4088, Artistic development: Adolescence to adulthood. Involves observations in schools of various types; videotaping of contrasting teaching styles and curricular approaches; analysis of perceptual, artistic, and societal assumptions implicit within programs observed.