Art Education

    April 5, 2022

    Art Therapy's Hope Springs Installation Spreads Joy Across All Programs

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Art Therapy major Kianna Cooper (BA ’22) unwinds a length of black thread, snips it and knots an end around a colorful, twisted wire-and-glass bead object. Then she eases up a ladder and loops the other end around the exposed coil innards of a full-size mattress.  Cooper is adding final tendrils to a mobile-like installation title Hope Springs, conceived by Graduate Assistant and Peer Art Education Advisor Ali Ruffner (MEd ‘22) and executed with Art Therapy Program Head and AECAP Department Chair Dr. Lisa Kay as a project to uplift Tyler students, faculty and staff alike as they returned to in-person learning last fall from the imposed separation of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More

    February 21, 2022

    Assistant Professor David Herman Jr. Explores Black Image and Ways of Seeing

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Assistant Professor of Art Education David Herman Jr., PhD, believes past perceptions shape the way we examine the present. He will explore this theme as part of the Testimony: Visual and Embodied Gateways to Black Histories series, presented by the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University. Herman, a lens-based artist, will give a virtual lecture titled "Witnessing Gestures: Spatial Aspects of Black Visualities in the Cinematic Image" on Wednesday, February 23. In this Q&A, he discusses the influences for his lecture, what he hopes will resonate with the audience, and why social topics like this are relevant and important. Registration information can be found here. How did you choose the topic of your lecture?  Read More

    November 12, 2021

    Scout Cartagena (BFA '22) Displays New Exhibit at DaVinci Art Alliance

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Scout Cartagena, (BFA ‘22), a 2021 DaVinci Fellowship recipient, is currently showing a collection of new works titled “You Have Their Eyes” at the DaVinci Art Alliance until November 24th, and themes of identity, memory, and connection play important roles in each piece. Recently profiled in the Philadelphia Tribune, Cartagena discusses their primary influences and how working as a Black non-abled person has defined their practice.   Read More

    October 22, 2021

    Lisa Kay Shares Trauma-Informed Art Education Approaches for Teachers

    Author: Carin Whitney

    How can art teachers help children and adolescents cope with stress and anxiety from traumatic experiences, and what techniques can provide resilience to both students and teachers? Lisa Kay, Associate Professor of Art Education and Art Therapy, notes that while art teachers are not therapists, they are in a position to help children cope with adversity and trauma. Kay works at the intersection of art education and art therapy, specifically with resilience and artmaking with adolescents who have experienced trauma. Kay and co-author Donalyn Heise recently shared their research in the National Art Education Association’s publication, Translations. Read More

    November 11, 2020

    Faculty Renee Jackson honored by PAEA as Outstanding Art Educator

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    Renee Jackson, assistant professor and program head of Art Education, is the recipient of the 2020 Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award at the PAEA Conference (October 16–17, 2020) for her research and teaching related to social justice art education and the integration of game-design and game-play as collaborative art forms and learning tools. “I am very proud and honored to be recognized by PAEA, the largest state art education association in the United States, fueled by dedicated, passionate art educators,” said Jackson. Read More

    August 20, 2020

    Lisa Kay Reappointed as Chair of AECAP

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    Lisa Kay, Associate Professor and Program Head of Art Therapy has been reappointed as Department Chair of Art Education & Community Arts Practices (AECAP) for a second three-year term through the academic year 2022–23. As chair, Kay has helped reshape the MEd program by emphasizing the identities of the artist-, educator- and arts-based researcher; developed the Art Therapy Program—one of the few undergraduate programs in the United States situated in an art and architecture school within an urban public university—and continued to expand Community Arts Practices to offer socially-engaged art that emphasizes both the creative object and its social implications. Read More

    July 24, 2020

    Faculty Renee Jackson Publishes Article in Canadian Art Teacher Journal

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    Tyler's Assistant Professor and Program Head of Art Education, Renee Jackson has recently published the article, "Chance Encounters as a Generative Mechanism in Art, Teaching and Research," in Volume 17, No. 1 of Canadian Art Teacher, published by the Canadian Society for Education through Art. The article, co-authored by Jackson and nine Tyler graduate students, is a celebration of the chance encounter as a valuable source of inspiration and knowledge making. It tells the story, from conception to aftermath, of the Palimpsest Portrait Project—an arts-based research project that both emerged from such an encounter and begat further such encounters during Tyler's Contemporary Issues in Art Education class in 2017. Read More

    May 15, 2019

    Tyler Art Education Hosts Safe Spaces Workshop for Student Teachers and Philadelphia Art Teacher's Alliance

    Author: Michael Smaczylo

    On Saturday, March 27, 2019, Dr. Lisa Kay, Chair of the Art Education and Community Arts Practices Department, hosted student teachers as well as art educators from the Philadelphia Art Teacher's Alliance at workshop about creating safe spaces for students. Attendees explored and experimented with the idea of safe space and learned practical strategies for weaving related theories and concepts into both art and teaching practice.   Read More

    May 15, 2019

    Student Teachers Attend Workshop with Christina Lukac, Adaptive Arts Educator

    Author: Michael Smaczylo

    On Saturday April 6, 2019, Student Teachers attended a workshop with Christina Lukac, Adaptive Arts Educator at Olney Charter High School, titled "Art Making Strategies for Individuals in the Life Skills & Autism Support Classroom". The workshop focused on strategies for teaching art in a wide range of settings for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Christina Lukac is an artist and educator who has worked with a wide range of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the non-profit and general education setting. She presented her research at the 2017 International Conference on Disability Studies, Art, and Education in Helsinki, Finland. Christina holds BFA with Art Education Concentration from Tyler Scool of Art and a Masters degree in Art Education with a Focus on Special Populations from Moore College of Art and Design.  Read More

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