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Art Education Students Attend “Creative Capital”

Ohio Northern University’s art education majors joined art teachers, professors, alumni and other students this past weekend in Columbus for “Creative Capital,” the 2010 professional conference organized by the Ohio Art Education Association.

Beginning November 5, 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.

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, senior art/art education major from Canfield, Ohio.
Janelle Cain, senior art/art education major from Perry, Ohio.

Throughout the weekend conference, students also had other opportunities to attend a variety of lectures, such as the influence of art and design on businesses and the careers associated with the creative industries. Students then attended a session about creating and implementing a student-centered curriculum. Other sessions included curriculum structures, lesson plans, creative centers for learning, cultural development and much more.

“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.”

Accepted in this year’s program was a session presented by Prof. Lehman entitled, “Connecting Visual Arts with the Disciplines.” She described ONU’s Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program which was a local school/university/community program connecting the visual arts to other academic disciplines including biology and history. She demonstrated how the lesson plans, developed by ONU students, connected to K-8 standards. During her presentation, Prof. Lehman featured students’ work and explained the service learning component to the program.

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.

The 2010–11 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. 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 also recognized in the second and third editions 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 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.