ideas at the Symposium were most useful to you?
"We need more presentations like this that
deal with real multi-cultural issues in art education."
"The idea of developing activities for students that copy activities
of contemporary artists."
"Seeing Spiral Workshop projects real examples of this
"Working with contemporary art taking more risks."
"The collaborations taking place between schools, organizations,
Contexts in Art Education Symposium
Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago
Knowledge and Wonder:
Demystifying the Function of Talent in the Education of an Artist
Kerry James Marshall,
a painter and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago is
known for his works that are a contemporary form of history painting,
documenting the complexities and ambiguities of African-American life
within U.S. culture. Professor Marshall was a recipient of the MacArthur
Genius Award in 1998.
"It was so good to hear someone as incredible
as Kerry Marshall say that artists are not born with a talent that
others dont have..."
Art, Social Relevance, and Teaching
an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona is noted for her
research on art education, feminist and Chicano/a art, and cultural
studies. In 1993, Professor Garber was the recipient of the Mary J.
Rouse Award given by the Womens Caucus of the National Art Education
"Important aspect of education
the jump from pedagogy to practice."
Dismantling the Masters Tools: Popular
Culture, Popular Education, and Counter Media
Dalida Maria Benfield, a media producer and educator whose work focuses
on Lationo/Latina culture and politics in the U.S. She is an Assistant
Professor and Director of the Master of Art Education Program at the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"Very encouraging to design a more current
Spiral Workshop: Investigating the Culture of
a community muralist and mosaicist who specializes in creating large-
scale public art. Gude, whose art education research focuses on community
art and contemporary theory in the curriculum, is an Associate Professor
and the Coordinator of Art Education at the University of Illinois
at Chicago. Professor Gude is the Director of the Contemporary Community
"Groundbreaking ideas about identity
and self-portraits at Spiral Workshop."
"Appreciate her view of modern art, but she doesnt seem
open to more traditional styles of teaching art. Spiral projects were
Autobiographical Comic Strips
a cartoonist, filmmaker, fine artist, and illustrator whose work has
been featured in many publications, including the Chicago
Reader, the New York Times,
Mademoiselle, the Chicago
Tribune, and Harpers Magazine. Her recently published book,
Cartoon Girl, collects 15
years of her comics. From 1995 to 1997 she worked for MTV creating
original animation. McAdams has won many awards and honors including
Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for Film in 1982 and 1989 and the
Ann Arbor Film Festival Funniest Film Award in 1996.
Using her own autobiographical comic
strips as well as the work of other alternative comic artists, McAdams
showcased an art form that can be used by students to tell stories
about their everyday lives. Participants had the opportunity to see
roughs and finished art for McAdams comics and to learn the
steps she uses from personal recollection, through planning, and final
inking to create her highly original work. McAdams shared the questionnaire
she developed to help students see that even the most mundane aspects
of life are fitting subjects for art.
"I've laughed a lot I learned
a bunch too. Could school be this fun?"
Contemporary Art and Contemporary Life in the
Erika Varricchio with Sandy Campbell and Beverly Zbinden
Erika Varricchio, Assistant Director of Education at the Museum of
Contemporary Art, oversees teacher training and school programs as
well as program evaluation. She has worked for the MCA for five years,
and has managed a wide range of innovative programs for Chicago area
school teachers and students. These projects include creating two
videos on careers in the arts with two Chicago Public Schools and
developing a MCA artist residency program.
Sandy Campbell has taught at Oak Park River Forest High School for
four years and is a member of Surface Deep Studio in Oak Park, a collaborative
studio of art teachers/artists. Campbell is a member of the Museum
of Contemporary Art's Teacher Advisory Committee.
Beverly Zbinden has taught at Lane Technical High School for seven
years and is exploring ways to make teaching more relevant by integrating
art into her English classes. Zbinden is a member of the Museum of
Contemporary Art's Teacher Advisory Committee.
Contemporary art reflects contemporary
life and contemporary issues such as the environment, AIDS, women's
rights, politics, and poverty. This workshop explored creative connections
to be made between artworks in the MCA's collection and classroom
curriculum. The MCA's Teacher Resource Book, including teacher developed
and tested lesson plans integrating a variety of disciplines, was
discussed as well as suggestions for how to identify artworks to enhance
a class curriculum.
"I never thought of using words as art
"It was very interesting. This is my first trip to the MCA and
I am encouraged to use it in the classroom. I am no longer intimidated
by the museum."
Creating Murals in the Classroom
a painter and muralist, many of whose recent works deal with the role
of African Americans in the mythology of the U.S. West. He is represented
by Jan Cicero Gallery in Chicago. Williams has created many murals
in schools and communities, including such monumentally scaled works
as Urban World at the Crossroads
at Orr High School. Williams is a Senior Artist of Chicago Public
Art Group and an active artist /teacher with CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnerships
in Education). He is also known for his skillful restorations of classic
Chicago street murals.
Creating murals is an effective way
to capture the imagination and to draw students into studying particular
subjects. This involves making large visual statements collaboratively.
Williams showed slides of collaborative murals he has done with students
in Chicago Public Schools and with communities through Chicago Public
Art Group, one of the nations oldest and largest producers of
outdoor community murals. Teachers were exposed to design, compositional,
and organizational strategies that will assist them in effectively
bringing together a group of students to produce a high quality mural.
Subjects covered included creating a scale design, appropriate surfaces,
painting techniques, mounting, and display. Williams highlighted processes
used by several contemporary artists that can be put to use in making
murals in the classroom.
"Loved seeing the muralmaking process
"I will use this information and this artists approach
to mural construction. He is aware of the practical needs of a classroom
Outside the Box:
Bringing Community Video into the Classroom
an independent videomaker, teacher and activist, who has more than
ten years' experience leading community video projects. From 1997-99,
she was Community Partners Program Coordinator for CAN
Today TV, Chicago's public access television station. As Lead
Artist in partnerships with Casa Aztlán and the Disabled Youth
Peer Development Initiative, she has twice received the Alliance for
Community Media's Hometown Video Festival Award.
TV and camcorders are almost universally
familiar, but video is much more than home movies or commercial TV.
This workshop provided specific examples of how teachers can incorporate
video into the curriculum. Whether they have access to a professional
TV studio or only a basic camcorder, students can use video to explore
ideas, document experiences, define community, and foster discussion
Richardson screened pieces produced by young people in classrooms
and community video projects that employ a variety of styles and strategies,
including cut-out animation, fictionalized diaries, a Public Service
Announcement and a student-produced newscast. She discussed ways to
help students develop media literacy and writing skills while they
learn to work together in collaboration. This workshop included information
on sources for video equipment and studio/editing facilities in the
community as well as a number of media organizations with which to
forge partnerships and collaborations.
"I need to find a way to find funding
to bring someone to work with me and my students."
Women, Ads, and Art
Over the last several years, a number
of artists have responded to the gender issues that are embedded in
advertisements. In doing so, they have excavated social recipes that
we generally do not think about. The way women and men are characterized
in advertisements is usually standardized. This workshop took participants
from an exploration of this realm of "unconscious culture"
and artists' responses to it, through a collaborative cataloging of
some gender issues in high school, to a brainstorming of ways art
teachers can teach about these issues in their classrooms and directions
their own art might take.
"Beauty is an interesting classroom issue."