Earlier this year, three Las Cruces Public Schools Educators shared their expertise about integrating art with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by hosting two separate workshops at the 2018 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention in Seattle, WA.
“To have two workshop proposals accepted at a national conference really speaks to the quality teaching these educators do every day,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “It’s wonderful to see these teachers sharing their knowledge and experience with educators from across the country.”
The first workshop, Science Experiment Art, was hosted by Maggie Hornung, art teacher at Valley View Elementary School and Jenn Gaides, art teacher at East Picacho Elementary School. The second workshop, 2-D to 3-D Math Based Optical Illusions, was hosted by Hornung, Gaides and Amy Guillen, art teacher at Alameda Elementary School. After drawing extensive interest from convention attendees, both workshops sold out of attendance tickets.
According to Hornung, the Science Experiment Art workshop allowed participants to experiment with different art materials to discover fun new ways to add science-based art into their classrooms. The workshop included hands-on lessons with color and light and a presentation which identified best practices for integrating art and language into science-based lessons.
Hornung described the 2-D to 3-D Math Based Optical Illusions workshop as a math-based lesson creating optical illusions using math to construct a three-dimensional illusion in a two-dimensional art form.
All of the workshop sessions are selected by NAEA members who serve as the National Convention Program Coordinators, liaise with NAEA, and participate on local and national planning teams. NAEA members are encouraged to collaborate in the development of proposals to provide varying viewpoints and offer a variety of ideas and diverse experiences, according to the NAEA proposal application.
The NAEA website describes successful proposals as sessions which: capture student-centered pedagogy, are project- or challenge-based, and are supported by research and practice-based evidence; explore the use of research strategies to inform teaching practice and/or advance visual arts education; inspire leadership among art educators and/or students; engage meaningful debate and dialogue about emerging issues and trends that define visual arts education; showcase strategies for designing curriculum and assessment that support art standards; and/or present diverse ideas in response to timely issues and trends in contemporary visual arts education.
According to the NAEA website, the NAEA National Convention is the largest gathering of visual arts educators in the world. Designed by members, for members, the annual event provides a broad range of professional learning opportunities to inform, inspire, and compel exemplary professional practice supported by timely research.
-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, firstname.lastname@example.org, (575) 527-5808