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Art Education in the Community

Art Education students often teach art workshops at Artworks during the Art All Day event! Stop by to make some art! For additional information about the free event, please click here.

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Art Education in the Schools!

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How can art teacher training programs provide art opportunities to New Jersey communities? This is a question that is of great importance to the art education program at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Not only do we want to advocate for the arts in K-12 school art programs (through traditional field experiences such as student teaching), but we also want to provide meaningful artmaking opportunities to an underserved and diverse K-12 student population in innovative ways.

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To support our efforts, Professor LaJevic was recently awarded a Special Events Grant through Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ). The grant funded art materials for workshops that targeted underserved and diverse K-12 students. Recently, junior-level preservice art teachers organized and implemented five after-school and Saturday art workshops at Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual arts center, and sophomore-level art education students taught four art workshops at a Burlington City primary school that recently dropped its art program

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Each of the hands-on workshops was based on an important big idea (i.e., a broad topic or social issue) and explored contemporary artists. Supporting arts integration models, the workshops aimed to stimulate connections between art, everyday life, and academic subjects, thereby promoting student understandings of art, world, and self.

In one of the Artworks workshops, students made fantasy book sculptures as they repurposed used books and learned about the Pennsylvania-based artist Jodi Harvey-Brown.

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Another workshop explored the art of tattoos (e.g., history of tattoos, tattoos in current culture, and tattoo artists) as students designed their own tattoos using Silhouette temporary tattoo paper.

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All the AAE students did a great job teaching the workshops and bringing the art into the community! Keep up the great work!

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