Adjunct art education professor Evangeline Christodoulou and former adjunct professor Julia Healy presented “Change It Up: 30 Art Lessons in 50 Minutes,” featuring innovative approaches to teaching art, at the 2017 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference, held at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.
“Our main goal is to provide a creative spark to our audience members and offer tried and true ideas that we have developed over the years,” said Christodoulou, who received her MSEd in art education from Hofstra in 2005.
Their presentation, which incorporated images of student-made artwork, was among the three most popular sessions at the conference, drawing a standing-room-only crowd, according to NAEA officials.
“Our lessons are different and effective because we are experienced K-16 educators and know all the pitfalls, such as what works and what doesn’t work in a classroom setting,” said Christodoulou, who worked as a visual arts teacher at West Hempstead High School, where she was hired by Healy, who was the school’s director of related arts.
The educators have expertise in many media, six of which they presented at the conference. Their focus is on creating concept lessons that may be modified from kindergarten through 12th grade. They armed conference attendees with new projects to bring to their own classrooms and also taught them how to ignite their own ideas.
“The presentations were an efficient way of receiving interesting and applicable information as well as staying up to date on novel ideas in the field,” said MSEd student Samantha Tracey, who attended the conference along with many other Hofstra students (pictured above). “Seeing our professors attract the largest crowds at the convention was exciting. It was a pleasure to join a vivacious community of art educators.”
Christodoulou teaches Art in the Elementary Curriculum and Art in the Curriculum. In addition, she serves as advisor to all student teachers in the art education program.
Dr. Susan Goetz Zwirn, graduate director and professor of art education in the School of Education, also presented at the conference. Her project, “Art Education in the Face of Global Conflict: A Politics of Peace and Love-Infused Curriculum,’ was also well received by educators, many of whom are working abroad to promote much-needed art initiatives in conflict-riven areas.