Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators: Year 3!

Participants at Ursula von Rydingsvard's studio last summer

We are very, very excited to be starting up YEAR 3 of Art21 Educators today. Sixteen teachers from a variety of disciplines and from across the country will join us for a week’s worth of workshops, discussion, planning and learning in order to utilize Art21 resources- bringing contemporary art into their classrooms for the 2011-2012 school year and beyond. Some of these teachers are already well versed in contemporary art, so the goal is to do it more efficiently and perhaps meaningfully. Others are just getting a taste of what contemporary art can offer in the classroom. We have an inspiring lineup of artist visits, workshops and activities planned for all.

If you missed meeting any of our Art21 Educators this year, please click on the links to see their individual blog posts including video:

Christopher Tourre and Derek De Haan (Chicago, IL)
Karen Melvin and Sue Carris (Pittsburgh, PA)
Samantha Melvin and Kim Timmons (Burnet, TX)
Todd Elkin and Teri Hu (Freemont, CA)
Jeannine Bardo and Mary Curry (Brooklyn, NY)
Jethro Gillespie and James Rees (Spanish Fork, UT)
Jack Watson and Holly Loranger (Chapel Hill, NC)
Maureen Hergott and Julia CopperSmith (Chicago, IL)

And before I go… just an early-summer THANK YOU to all of our Art21 Educators from last year. What a wonderful group to work with! We will soon be sharing some of the units, lessons and reflections from their work over the past 12 months.

Next week…… a full report on the 2011 Art21 Educators institute.

Contributor
Joe Fusaro is the senior education advisor for Art21, and has written Art21’s “Teaching with Contemporary Art” column since 2008. He is an exhibiting artist and visual arts chair for the Nyack Public Schools in New York; and an adjunct instructor for New York University’s Graduate Program in Art and Arts Professions.

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