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Art Education Students Attend “Northcoast Hues”

Ohio Art Education Association ConferenceOhio Northern University’s art education majors joined art teachers, professors, alumni and other students this past weekend in Cleveland for “Northcoast Hues,” the 2009 professional conference organized by the Ohio Art Education Association.

Beginning November 12, the conference engaged attendees in main stage presentations and workshops. During the three-day event, ONU students heard speakers discuss the role of media in schools, the development of great lesson plans, and the topic of contemporary teaching practices and theories. Students even had an opportunity to tour the creative division of American Greetings.

Art Education Professor Linda Lehman, a visiting assistant to the director of the Center For Teacher Education, said she and the other students were excited about this year’s conference.

“The students from the art & design department were thrilled to attend the annual conference for Ohio art educators,” Lehman said. “It was a great chance for the students to network and meet art teachers from across the state to discuss, share and learn information on new art techniques, art media and art education philosophy that can be utilized in the classroom.”

Students from the art education program who attended this year’s conference included:
• Katelyn Amendolara
• Julie Brewer
• Janelle Cain
• Kelsey Schrock
• Sarah Voll

Throughout the weekend conference, students also had other opportunities to attend a variety of lectures, such as how writing narratives in response to works of art could be a catalyst for a major lesson plan. Students then attended a session about how to incorporate sketchbooks into a self-motivated learning tool for the classroom.

“It’s important that our teacher candidates experience a professional conference such as this,” said Prof. Brit Rowe, chair of the department of art & design. “This was a great chance for our students to network with a community of statewide educators and to develop, promote and support art education as a core curriculum in our schools.”

The Ohio Art Education Association is the professional organization of art educators in the State of Ohio. It represents art teachers at the levels of elementary, middle school, secondary, and higher education. The organization also represents art teachers at the student / pre-service level, museum educators, supervisors and art administrators, and retired art teachers.

The mission of the Ohio Art Education Association is to advance and support quality art education through professional development, leadership, service, advocacy, and education by uniting art educators in the promotion and understanding of the visual arts in a quality education; stimulating the professional growth of members; initiating art education service and advocacy programs; encouraging the involvement and commitment of members in all activities endorsed by the organization; informing members of current educational developments and areas of their potential involvement; and educating citizens.

Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2009-10 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.

image: Julie Brewer, Prof. Lehman, Sarah Voll, Kelsey Schrock, Katelyn Amendolara and Janelle Cain at the closing banquet in Cleveland.