News + Events

PhD Program Launching Fall 2015! Apply Now!

posted on October 7, 2014 in Homepage Featured, News + Events

The VCU Department of Art Education is proud to announce the launch of a new Ph.D. program!

IMG_09091

The Art Education concentration of the Ph.D. in Education allows students to connect contemporary art and education theories and philosophies, practical and professional experiences, and impactful research to develop an area of expertise relevant to the field of art education. The program distinguishes itself by integrating urban community engagement, digital and emerging media, and research and assessment in diverse settings. Graduates will be highly qualified to serve in teaching, research, and leadership positions at universities and in arts and education organizations.

The application deadline is February 1st. Funding is available!

For more information, please visit the Ph.D. section of our website.

Investigation NOW open for Fall registration!

posted on August 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Beginning September 26th, VCU’s Department of Art Education will host Investigation NOW!–an art-based interdisciplinary educational program for 8th and 9th grade students. The program uses art as a form of inquiry to explore contemporary issues, like:

How does art do and undo and redo?

As artists, how do we give form to the invisible?

This program is for you if:

  • You love thinking across boundaries.
  • You enjoy experimenting with different ways of making art.
  • You see art as an important part of the world.
  • You want to dig deeply into contemporary art idea.

For more information and to download the application, click here!

Creative Arts Day Camp starts July 14!

posted on May 13, 2014 in News + Events

Make sure you have your kids have signed up for the Creative Arts Day Camp this summer! Students engage in creative art making with our very own VCU Art Education students all day long!

camp8

Not all discarded things are trash… Teaching resourcefulness through art

posted on May 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Louise Nevelson was one cool lady! She saw beauty where others did not, in discarded items one might call trash. She took these found objects and made them into monumental sculptures giving them new life. Teaching about Nevelson’s art helps give a real world example of resourcefulness. Moreover in our world of disposable objects, it teaches the students that things can have more than one purpose. Many of the students have a hard time seeing past somethings intended function, this lesson gives them a chance to explore more options.

Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson, Dawn’s Wedding Chapel IV, from Dawn’s Wedding Feast, 1959-60, painted wood, 109 x 87 x 13 _ inches.

Although, I created this lesson for my Art 1 classes, although many other students wanted to make one as well. We discussed Louise Nevelson’s work which lead to discussions about texture, relief, shadow and color. We talked about her limited palette and how that effected her work. Students then created their own mini assemblage sculpture using recycled materials and found objects. Many of the materials I supplied came from Stuff Redux, the classroom or our own recycling bins.

studentassembling

Student working on assemblage.

 

Once they finished assembling the objects, they painted the sculpture all white to unify and highlight the texture in their work. The finished student work will be displayed together as one larger piece to resemble Nevelson’s large sculptures. The students loved working on this project, some added their own concept to their sculptures and a few made more than one sculpture.

paintingassemblage

Student painting assemblage

I truly enjoyed watching them work, you could see them think about placement and design. Additionally it was interesting to see which part really captured their interest, some really enjoyed arranging objects and sought out the most unique items to include, some enjoyed using generic objects but altered them in different ways, while others really enjoyed the detail of painting in all the nook and crannies. This assignment seemed to make art making more accessible to students by offering options for different students levels and interests.

group sculpture

Final student art assembled into one large sculpture

-JF

Welcome to the Service-Learning Blog!

posted on December 5, 2013 in Service Learning

My name is Symone Simmons.   I’m a junior in the Art Education Department at VCU and I would like to welcome you to the Service-Learning Blog!  The purpose of this blog is to showcase the enthusiasm and hard work of VCU’s Art Education students during two service-learning classes in the Art Education department:  ARTE 310 Foundations of Art Education and ARTE 402 Art Education Secondary Materials and Practicum. In both of these courses, students volunteer in Richmond Public Schools, helping to support the arts and develop positive thoughts and actions in young people.

In the foundations course , ARTE 310, the department partners with the Carver Promise mentoring program at George W. Carver Elementary School http://thecarverpromise.org/.  Students work one on one with an elementary school student at Carver and mentor them by playing games, assisting them with school work, and doing fun art activities. The students at Carver love having an older buddy they can talk to and do fun activities with for an hour every week, and the VCU students gain valuable experience working with young people and practicing art lessons in a non-threatening and relaxed environment.

IMG_0040

IMG_0050

In ARTE 402, the Secondary Practicum class, students are further along in the Art Education program and most will student teach the following semester.  These students are welcomed into the Binford Middle school art classroom to teach a week long unit centered on a chosen big idea. This year’s theme and big idea was “transformation.” One student’s unit was about transforming your school; students at Binford beautified their environment by painting stairwells and stenciling intricate designs around the school.  The service aspect of the course is developed to get these middle school students thinking about service projects themselves and how they can help others and their environment through their art.  This intensive service-learning class prepares VCU students for teaching by helping them to create and refine engaging, thought-provoking art lessons over a sustained period of time in a middle school environment.  You can check out more lessons and activities at the Binford Art Blog http://binfordartlab.wordpress.com/

20130123-img_0491-2

This blog is going to be full of thoughtful experiences from Art Ed students, community partners, and students from our partner elementary and middle schools. Check back soon for new updates and interviews!

Speed Symposium This Thursday!

posted on November 11, 2013 in News + Events

Come learn what it’s like to teach art internationally in places like Thailand,  South Africa, Japan, and Guatemala! Learn how you can incorporate those experiences into your classroom in the United States.  Experience international pop music videos and candy sensations!  Win prizes!  Try to stop smiling, WE DARE YOU!

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 11.07.56 AM

Student Success Lunch Tomorrow!

posted on November 4, 2013 in News + Events

Come learn how to make the most of your time in VCUarts! Learn about grants, scholarships and study abroad opportunities from Art Ed students who’ve been super successful!  There will be free food and lots of helpful advice. Come to Franklin Terrace room 301 tomorrow, November 5th at 12:30 pm.

student success lunch

Call for Volunteers: Creative Arts Day Camp!

posted on June 17, 2013 in News + Events

The 2013 Creative Arts Day Camp is actively looking for high school aged student volunteers! Volunteers are assigned to a specific class and provide a helping hand for our art teachers and campers throughout the day. We have a really fun group of kids this summer and a wonderful staff–this would be a great learning opportunity for any student who is interested in working with art or kids, and would also look awesome on a college resume!

If you are interested in volunteering this summer, please download the Volunteer Application, fill it out, and send it back to us. The application includes the camp times and dates. It would be great to get applicants who can dedicate time to more than one session, but that’s definitely not necessary!  Also, interested applicants are welcome to contact Alex Curley via email with questions at alexdcurley@gmail.com.