From October 8-11, 2015, the annual Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) conference was held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida! The purpose of the FAEA is to promote visual arts education in Florida through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership. The FAEA encourages research in art education, holds public discussions, sponsors institutes, conferences and programs; publishes articles, reports and surveys; and works with other related agencies in support of visual arts education.
The 63rd annual FAEA conference entitled “In Focus: Education Through the Artist’s Len,” featured an abundance of workshops on a wide variety of topics related to art education. Several FSU alumni, faculty, and students presented at this year’s conference including the Department of Art Education’s Dr. Sara Scott Shields, Dr. Nicole Crane, Cindy Jesup, Dr. Susannah Brown, Dr. Jeff Broome, Dr. Marcia Meale, Marisa Agama, Dr. Tom Brewer, Jennifer Hamrock, and Ashley Hartman.
Dr. Sara Scott Shields gave a presentation entitled, “The Poetic Classroom: Using Poetry to Engage Students in Artmaking 125″ on Thursday, October 8th from 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM. On Friday, October 9th she presented “Time-Lapse Teaching: Innovative Approaches to Teaching Philosophies and Artist Statements 209″ from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM.
Dr. Nicole Crane presented “Great Art Without a Great Schedule” along with Britt Feingold on Thursday from 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM. She also made a solo presentation on Saturday, October 10th entitled “Get Involved: Emerging Art Leaders” from 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM.
On Friday, Cindy Jesup presented “Digital Awareness in the Art Room with Audience Participation” from 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM.
Dr. Susannah Brown made a presentation entitled “Artist Books & Eco-Printing 123″ on Thursday from 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM. She presented the “Higher Education Division Meeting” on Friday from 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM. Also, Dr. Brown presented “Fashion Design and Photography 330″ on Saturday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Along with Dr. Michelle Tillander & Dr. Sara Scott Shields, Dr. Jeff Broome gave a presentation entitled “Graduate Art Education Programs in Florida: Options for Professional and Educational Growth“ on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. He also gave a solo presentation called “Using Hip-Hop Music to Enhance Discussions on Postmodern Art” on Saturday from 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM.
Many other presentations were made on Saturday. Dr. Marcia Meale made a presentation entitled “Getting It All In: From Hypothesis Making to Creating Art 311″ from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Marisa Agama presented “Evaluating the School Community through Photovoice: Reflections and Applications to Project-Based Initiatives” from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Dr. Tom Brewer presented “Teacher-Made Art Exams and the End of Course Exam in Art for 5th Grade” along with Deanna Filiault from 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM. Jennifer Hamrock also made a presentation entitled “The Socially Conscious Selfie Project” on Saturday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
To conclude the conference, Ashley Hartman presented “Creative Expression Photo Essay with Mixed Media Designs 404″ on Sunday, October 11th from 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM.
The 63rd annual FAEA conference was an extremely successful event. Along with the above presentations, there was plenty of time available for the art educators to network, relax, and make connections with other professionals. For more specifics about the conference schedule, presenters, presentation titles, and their location, visit their website.