Spring 2008 Art Education: Projects

This painting was created by David and Otavia and is all about imagination and dreaming big…

Serving as Art Lecturer at Old Dominion University, I taught ARTS 305: Elementary Art Education at our Norfolk campus, this past spring 2008. This course was particularly exciting because I had the privilege to initiate a project in our community with ODU alumnus, Rob Wetherington of ForKids, inc., a Norfolk based non-profit organization. (visit: http://www.homesforkids.org.)

Facilitating a service-learning component provides meaningful experiences for my students. Students meet the challenges of designing and implementing art lesson plans for elementary level students. This particular service learning project strengthened their ability to develop art curriculum based on the concept of Place: My Home is My Castle. The project allowed for the application of their research in creative, meaningful ways. Students provided free art lessons held during “Youth Art Month”.

Gallery Exhibit: The finished children’s artwork was hung by my college students at the Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries on our campus. The children’s artwork will be auctioned as an upcoming fund raiser hosted by ForKids, inc. as part of their annual art auction.

I am very proud of the hard work, planning and creative problem solving accomplished by my college level students and visiting young artist participants. Our program seemed to have a positive impact by providing quality teaching and learning experiences through arts education. Because the process was authentic and relevant, I look forward to additional programs with our partner-in-education, ForKids, inc. in the near future.
– Patty Edwards, MFA


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