Art and Students with Learning Differences

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Events, What's New? | 0 comments

I will be running a workshop at the PMA on: Saturday, October 29th, 2011, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Educators revising curricula and improving teaching styles to include differentiated instruction recognize the power of art to reach students with learning differences. Not only is art a universal “language” but it is also a conduit for understanding and skill development. In this workshop, learn and model ways to discover and discuss art in the special-needs and mainstreamed classroom. Engaging activities as well as educational research will be included. Philadelphia Museum of Art 26th Street and...

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All Of Them

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Grad Student Success, Resource, What's New? | 0 comments

All Of Them is a presentation I gave at the 2010 NAEA convention. It’s an overview of the six theses my first MA Graduates wrote. PDF

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Special Needs Teaching Tips

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Resource, What's New? | 0 comments

12 Tips to teaching art to special needs children: 1. Create different levels of lessons since special needs kids have such a wide range of abilities. 2. Know what each student can do—who can cut with scissors, who needs help and who needs a special pair of scissors. 3. Use pre-cut shapes if needed. 4. Keep the projects under 15 minutes, since that’s their typical attention span. Plan more than one activity for each period. 5. Use different textured materials such as sandpaper, felt, fake fur, and cotton to keep the kids interested. It especially works with children who are severely...

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Children Behind the Label

Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 in Grad Student Success, Resource, What's New? | 0 comments

A presentation on autistic children’s artwork created through an assignment for the MA in Art Ed grad program at Moore College of Art & Design....

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Culturally Responsive Art Pedagogy in Special Education

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Grad Student Success, What's New? | 0 comments

Culturally Responsive Art Pedagogy in Special Education: An Analysis of the Role of Art Education in the Development of Social Skills by Tanya Joy Harrison This action research study explored the need to expand culturally responsive art pedagogy into the field of art with a focus on the effects it has on special education. Culturally responsive pedagogy acknowledges that students come from diverse racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and therefore facilitates and supports the achievement of all students because it identifies, nurtures, and utilizes the strengths of each student. Art...

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