The session focuses on the importance of an integrated arts program and the environment that it provides students.
In a rapidly changing world, education needs to allow creativity to emerge and flourish through the production of art, to deepen a student’s aesthetic understanding and appreciation of individual works and to enhance the study of cultural history through an awareness of the role of art as an embodiment of human consciousness.
Participants will learn:
The value of interdisciplinary approaches to teaching art
How new media is impacting art education
How 21st century skills can be taught through art education
Jennifer Cross is an artist and educator who has served as Chair of Visual Art at Ross School since 1994. Jennifer earned her BFA from the University of Minnesota and her MFA degree in Painting from Pratt Institute. She has exhibited her own work widely and is recipient of a number of awards including a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting. Her teaching experience includes positions the University of Minnesota and Long Island University. From 1985-1990 she was the Director of the East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art where she curated over 30 exhibitions of contemporary art. At Ross School she helped to develop the Integrated Arts Curriculum and establish the Ross Gallery. She coordinates the exhibition program that gives students the opportunity to curate thematic shows of the work of local professional artists. In addition to teaching Integrated Arts and art electives. Jennifer mentors students for senior projects and guides them in preparing their portfolios for successful admission to prestigious art schools and colleges. For the past 15 years she has been a presenter at the National Art Education Association National Conferences.