Original artwork created by art education students in the School of Education is now on display in Hagedorn Hall for all to see. These works, displayed along the walls of the first floor, represent the diverse artistic talent of both undergraduate and graduate students in the art education program. All of the pieces — which include acrylic and oil paintings and pastel, charcoal and graphite drawings – will be on display until the end of October.
This annual exhibit is the brainchild of Dr. Susan Goetz Zwirn, Director and Professor of Fine Arts Education, who believes that the artist-teacher is the ideal model for art education. An artist-teacher herself, Dr. Zwirn has conducted research into the efficacy of artist-teachers for more than 15 years.
“An artist who is continually engaged in the practice of artmaking has an incentive to stay current and connect these types of experiences with the art classroom,” Dr. Zwirn said. “Teachers’ experiences as artists [gives] them a basis by which to appreciate their students’ work and to orient students toward significant art contexts. The process of fashioning art is complex and requires skills with materials as well as familiarity with the process of envisioning, imagining, and conceiving ideas. It requires risk, play, sustained effort, imagination, and construction of meaning.”
For the current exhibit, all students in the art education program were required to select their submission from their body of work. In the spring, Dr. Zwirn coordinates another exhibit, wherein each work is created during the spring semester as part of the students’ methods course.