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Ohio Northern University art education alumna to present at Ohio Art Education Association annual conference

October—Ohio Northern University Alumna Julie Brewer (BFA/art education ’10) has been selected to present at the 2014 Ohio Art Education Association conference in Columbus, Ohio, this coming November.

Julie’s session focuses on engaging teachers on how to incorporate more art history and criticism into the curriculum while still engaging young students of all ages and abilities. Her session, “Tell Me About it,” also provides participants a hands-on experience while becoming familiar with the Feldman Method.

Beginning November 6, the conference engages attendees in main stage presentations and workshops. During the three-day event, speakers discuss the role of media in schools, the development of great lesson plans, and the topic of contemporary teaching practices and theories.

Throughout the weekend conference, participants also have 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. Participants can also attend a session about creating and implementing a student-centered curriculum. Other sessions include curriculum structures, lesson plans, creative centers for learning, cultural development and much more.

Julie earned her BFA degree in art education from Ohio Northern in 2010. While a student at ONU, she was involved in many activities and organizations including the Kappa Pi art honorary. She is currently a middle school art educator at Greenville City School District.

“I am thrilled to be embarking on a new leg of my art education journey back to my hometown and alma matter, Greenville City Schools,” said Julie. “I look forward to sharing the wonders and joys of the world of art with approximately 400 5th and 6th graders in semester-long courses.”

Her prior experience has included serving the Marietta City School District as an elementary art teacher for two years, director of strategic planning for AmeriCorps VISTA for over two years in Ada, Ohio, and as a student teacher at the Ada Exempted Village School District.

The art education major at ONU is an intensive full-time teacher preparation program that enables students to earn a PreK-12 licensure as a teacher. ONU’s program is designed to prepare its candidates to be not only accomplished art educators, but also articulate advocates for the role of art in PreK-12 education. The curriculum involves partnerships with public schools and is designed so that students come to understand educational theory through personal experience in authentic teaching situations. For instance, students at Ohio Northern plan and teach a group of middle school students participating in the Saturday Morning Arts (SMArts) program. Also, ONU teacher candidates complete 12 weeks of student teaching experiences in an elementary public school and in a secondary public school.

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.

Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, 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 with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-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, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the “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 2014–15 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.