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NAEA Research Commission Preconference: Approaches, Forms, and Methods in Art Education Research
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2017
A forum on methods and methodologies for research in art education. A focus on different research approaches and the types of questions they address, methods for documenting learning and effective teaching, and preparing researchers through research methods coursework.
NAEA Art Education Technology (AET) Preconference: Creating Communities through Technology in Art Education
March 1, 2017
Co-hosted by the Creative Technologies track of the Art Education Program at TC, the preconference will explore methods for using technologies to create communities in art-making and in art classrooms.
Registration for this event is now open. Click HERE to register!
A symposium on higher art education to address critique in collaborative learning environments, including sessions on art-as-critique, critique-as-collaboration, and critique-as-pedagogy. For more information, please visit our symposium website at: www.tc.columbia.edu/critique20.
A forum to discuss the evolving relationship of museums and communities. Topics to be addressed include considering museums’ missions and visions, curating for diverse audiences, and inclusive practices in museum education. For more information, please visit our symposium site: www.tc.columbia.edu/srm2016.
Creative Technologies Symposium
May 6th, 2016
Emerging technologies continue to change the making, teaching, and learning of art. The creative technologies symposium addresses these changes and engages artists, educators, and technologists in an ongoing conversation. While the previous symposia worked to define creative technologies as a means for artistic expression, the upcoming symposium considers the successes and barriers of implementation within various learning environments. What are some of the new pedagogies that help bring technology-infused art to students and teachers alike? If there is a lot of excitement about technology in art making, where does the resistance come from?
Why Talk About Gender?
March 24-25, 2016
This symposium enlisted a broad group of scholars, students and art professionals to speak on the role of feminism and gender in art and art education today.
February 7, 2016
Seven art school presidents from Asia, Europe, the UK and USA helped TC respond to the following questions: Is there anything “fundamental” to be considered in the education of young artists? What kind of education is needed to prepare artists-as-educators to teach at the university/college level? Who are our students and what are they telling us?
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 hosted the conference “Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History” in November 2015 in New York City.
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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.
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.