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Teach Appreash This Friday • Sonya Clark Workshop Saturday

posted on January 27, 2016 in Homepage Featured, News + Events

THIS FRIDAY  The annual Teach Appreash Ball will be held from 5-7 pm at the super chic Try Me Gallery, 1623 W. Main Street. Internationally renown artist Sonya Clark will give a presentation on her work. Don’t miss it!  RSVP to

THIS SATURDAY “Hair Stories”, a workshop with Sonya Clark, will take place from 10 am-12 pm on the third floor of Franklin Terrace, 812 W. Franklin Street.  Participants will combine techniques of storytelling with a special process for paper dying to contribute to a large scale installation by the artist.  RSVP to

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Imaginary Beings

posted on December 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Ms. Lee’s Ceramic I :

I have been a huge fan of mythical creatures and I was very fortunate to learn about various mythical creatures from experiencing diverse cultures while I lived in different countries throughout my childhood. Most of us know about stories about dragons, but depending on culture, view on dragons can differ significantly.

Western dragon: images

Eastern  dragon:Chinese-Dragon-Green-25-large

For example, Eastern dragons were viewed as protector whereas Western dragon is viewed as a villain. The Western dragon has wings, but the Eastern dragon does not. Even their behaviors, anatomy and stories are different, and I wanted to share this perspective of mine with my students. For this to happen, I introduced, The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges. The book contains detailed descriptions of 120 mythical creatures from folklore and literature. After the students chose their own creature from the book, I asked them to visualize the written descriptions of their chosen creature in a form of a functional slab mug that has a functional handle, yet, looks extra-ordinary.



During the project, students explored various ways to manipulate and problem-solve clay. The students also had to simultaneously keep important elements in mind which included texture, form, stability, dryness of clay, slip and scoring, etc.

Here’ are two different versions of Trolls and other amazing mugs!

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Graduate Program Info Session, Oct. 17!

posted on October 5, 2015 in Homepage Featured, News + Events

The VCU Department of Art Education will be holding an info session for anyone interested in pursuing a Master of Art Education (MAE) or Ph.D. in Education with an Art Education concentration. The session will cover the application process and funding opportunities, and you will have the opportunity to meet current faculty, tour the facilities, and ask any questions you may have about the curriculum, etc.

WHEN: Saturday, October 17th @ Noon.

WHERE: Franklin Terrace, 3rd floor–812 W. Franklin St, Monroe Park Campus.

Metered street parking is available in front of the building.

There is a welcome session for all graduate programs at the Depot building (814 W. Broad St) beginning at 11:00am. We encourage you to attend this session as well!

Please RSVP to We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!

PhD Program Launching Fall 2015! Apply Now!

posted on October 7, 2014 in News + Events

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


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!



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