Art School Pedagogy 2.0


The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to a widespread shift to online learning and a renewed appreciation for the value of education. In this crucial moment, studio art teachers have had to do what many previously thought was close to impossible: teach studio art online. Art School Pedagogy 2.0 seeks to address the pedagogical challenges of studio art teaching pre- and post- pandemic through a sequence of online panels and collaborative workshops. Organized into three sections, “Teaching Studio Online,” “Pedagogy as Mentorship,” and "Learning Cultures", the Zoomposium focuses on a diversity of learning environments including higher education, public schools, and community art spaces.


Guiding Questions:

  • What have we learned by teaching art online so far during this public health crisis? In what ways, if any, has teaching art online been a catalyst for the artistic development of students? If there are distinct benefits to online teaching, how do we merge these assets with our practices once we return to the physical studio?
  • How have the mentoring relationships between art teachers and individual students been altered by distance learning? What is the difference between an art educator and a teaching artist? Do these labels suggest different pedagogical approaches, and if so, is one more effective than the other in certain environments?

  • How have studio learning communities (K -12 classrooms, undergraduate and graduate programs, museum education departments) adapted from in-person physical spaces to online virtual spaces? What does this shift tell us about learning cultures? How do art school cultures differ from one another? What can we learn by comparing teaching practices and learning experiences across different academic environments?

This symposium will be the fifth in a series of conferences on teaching and learning studio art in the 21st century organized by the Art and Art Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Acknowledging the need for professional development of artist-teachers, we will emphasize conversations rather than lectures, following an understanding of pedagogy as a practical concern. To break through categorical barriers, we are broadening the scope of this year’s symposium to address studio teaching across multiple educational environments, including primary and secondary education, undergraduate education, and graduate education.

TC faculty invite submissions for panel presentations, papers, “Reports from the Field,” and an online exhibition from artists, artist-teachers, and educators. We seek a wide range of contributions from across all areas of studio art teaching. Student voices will be an integral part of all online events to provide a deeper understanding of their current needs and expectations for learning and teaching at this critical moment.

To be considered for a session, please submit a blurb of 150-250 words that addresses your ideas and how you would like to present them in an online format, be it a short presentation, a short video, or a paper. As well, please indicate which subsection would be most appropriate for your work: “Teaching Studio Online,” “Pedagogy as Mentorship,” or “Learning Cultures.” If you are interested in presenting a research article, keep in mind that we are planning a post-symposium publication.

Sponsored by The Art and Art Education Program, Teachers College, Columbia University and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) 
To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible


Art School 2.0 Zoomposium speakers and panelists are currently being confirmed and will be announced on a rolling basis.

Art in Isolation Exhibition

The opening of our exhibition, “Art in Isolation” on Saturday evening March 27 from 5 - 7 PM EDT (New York Time). This event starts with a guided exhibition by curator HC Huynh, followed by a panel discussion on Art in Isolation.


To attend the event, please be sure to RSVP. If you have any questions, please email

Planning Committee

A special thanks to the following members who contributed to the planning and implementation of the Art School Pedagogy 2.0 Symposium:

Dr. Richard Jochum, Jason Watson, Carolina Rojas, HC Huỳnh, John Park, Samantha Clay-Reagan, John Davis, and Anna Urrea. 


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