Dr. Marilyn Stewart, Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and member of the National Visual Arts Standards Writing Team, presented a workshop titled Big Ideas and the New National Visual Arts Standards in Action in collaboration with FSU’s Art Education program. This all-day, hands-on workshop took place on Tuesday, June 16th and was attended by 34 individuals. Attendees included professional arts teachers, students, FSU faculty, and FSU alumni. Leon County teachers received CEC credits for attendance.
Dr. Stewart focused upon the exploration of curriculum ground in BIG Ideas. The workshop actively involved each participant in investigating strategies for engaging K-12 students in inquiry-based learning focused on the artistic processes of Creating, Responding, Presenting, and Connecting – processes at the heart of the new National Visual Arts Standards. Participants were encouraged to imagine how the new national visual arts standards might look in K-12 classrooms.
FSU Assistant Professor Dr. Sara Scott Shields stated that “Dr. Stewart’s warm personality and approachability made the overall feeling of the workshop really positive. It was really wonderful to see the pre-service students, recent graduates, and seasoned teachers from the community come together to engage in an opportunity for enrichment.”
In addition to Dr. Stewart’s professional positions, she is the author of several art education textbooks and a frequent keynote speaker on national curriculum standards. She is the co-author of Explorations in Art and Rethinking Curriculum in Art as well as author of Thinking Through Aesthetics and editor of the Art Education in Practice. She has conducted over 200 extended seminars and in-service days in over 25 days. Dr. Stewart was named the 2011 National Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. Further information about Dr. Marilyn Stewart can be found here.