Book Talk: Art Museum Education: Facilitating Gallery Experiences, with Olga Hubard, Thursday, 4/21, 4-5:30pm

In collaboration with the Department of Arts and Humanities and recognition of the work of our faculty, we are pleased to announce the following book talks in April:

  • Art Museum Education: Facilitating Gallery Experiences, with Olga Hubard, Thursday, 4/21, 4-5:30pm


  • Please join Professor Olga Hubard -- former museum educator, museum administrator, and teaching artist -- on Thursday, April 21st for a discussion of her recent book, Art Museum Education: Facilitating Gallery Experiences (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). As described by the publisher, this book "positions gallery teaching as a sophisticated endeavour, rooted in sound understandings about the complexities of art interpretation and its mediation." It addresses issues such as how museum educators might facilitate experiences with works of art that are meaningful to viewers; the role of dialogue in these experiences; how educators might negotiate divergences between visitors' perspectives and official information; and the place of emotions and bodily sensations in art viewing.
    -- Book Description

    Olga Hubard is Associate Professor of Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her interests revolve around the humanizing power of art and how educators can help promote meaningful art experiences for all learners, particularly in museum settings. Olga's scholarship is informed by years of practice in art and museum education. Before joining the Teachers College faculty, she worked as a museum educator, teaching artist, arts integration coordinator, and museum administrator. Olga continues to collaborate with museums around the world in a variety of initiatives. She has an Ed.D and an MA in Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University, an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, and a BA (licenciatura) in Art History, from the Universidad Iberoamericana in her native Mexico City.

    Dr. William Gaudelli, Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanties and Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education Program Coordinator, will introduce Olga Hubard. The respondents for Dr. Hubard's talk include Lisa Mazzola, Assistant Director, School and Teacher Programs, The Museum of Modern Art; Will Crow, Managing Museum Educator, School and Teacher Programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

    This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities and the Gottesman Libraries.

    Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, April 19th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Exploring Studio Materials: Teaching Creative Art Making to Children, with Mary Hafeli, Tuesday, 4/5, 4-5:30pm


  • On Tuesday, April 5th, Mary Claire Hafeli, Professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, will present her book Exploring Studio Materials: Teaching Creative Art Making to Children (Oxford University Press, 2014).

    "Exploring Studio Materials: Teaching Creative Art Making to Children is a transformative approach to teaching art in elementary and secondary schools. Based on the model of how real artists create their work, the text encourages teachers to work with the most common media and materials found in the Pre-K-12 curriculum. Hafeli provides a rich blend of real-life examples and suggested classroom activities in order to help fledgling art teachers learn how to implement creative arts programs that will produce exceptional results.

    Rather than following a structure based on preconceived ideas, the book encourages experimental techniques with the materials that teachers commonly use in elementary and secondary classrooms. Therefore, teaching methodologies emerge from the activities themselves, rather than vice versa. Based on her own research, teaching, and contemporary approaches to arts education, this approach is an effective model for bringing artistic creativity into the school curriculum."
    -Book Description

    Mary Hafeli (Ed.D., Ed. M., Teachers College, Columbia University; B.F.A., University of Michigan) previously served as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts and Professor of Art Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Graduate Director and Professor of Art Education at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her background as an art educator includes work with children, teens, and adults in schools, museums, community arts centers, and universities.

    Dr. Hafeli's research examines the ideas, ways of thinking, decisions, and judgments that characterize the practices of visual and performing artists, both adults and children, as they produce creative work. Her research also investigates the teaching environments in which students' art works are created. Current projects include a study of youth and adult perspectives on "good" teaching, studio and literary forms and practices as methodologies for qualitative research, and an exploration of the qualities and communicative potential of art materials and processes, with implications for teaching. She received the National Art Education Association's Mary Rouse Award, Manuel Barkan Award, and Marilyn Zurmuehlen Award, all for scholarly contributions to the field. Dr. Hafeli serves as Chair of the NAEA Research Commission, member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education, and on the editorial board of the journal Artizein. She has served on the editorial boards of Studies in Art Education and Art Education. An active artist, her studio work has been shown in galleries and museums across the country.

    Dr. William Gaudelli, Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanties and Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education Program Coordinator, will introduce Mary Hafeli. The respondents include Katie Morris, Faculty, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Art Education at Maryland Institute College of Art, and Wendy Osterweil, Associate Professor of Art Education, Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

    This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities and Gottesman Libraries.

    Please rsvp by Friday, April 1st with your details.

    Where: 306 Russell



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