Student Teachers Reflect on the Art of Teaching Art

Posted: December 17, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

As another semester comes to a close, a new generation of art teachers will begin the transformation from students in the classroom to teachers in charge of their own classes. These transitioning students must move from being artists who think primarily about their own work to teachers who think about the artwork and learning of others.

Mason’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art Education Program, a collaboration between the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), helps potential art teachers make teaching an art form in itself.

As a final step in the program, CEHD and CVPA will host the third Arts of Teaching Art Showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery on the Fairfax Campus.

The students who will be honored at the showcase are Tisha Burke, Jessica Chinn, Jonathan Kettler and Leslie O’Shaughnessy. Bill Reeder, dean of CVPA, and Jeff Gorrell, dean of CEHD, will welcome participants. In addition, Deborah Reeve, executive director of the National Art Education Association, will share her response to the exhibition.

The showcase is the culminating event for students in the MAT program who are finishing their student teaching internships this semester in Fairfax County and Prince William County Public Schools. The four MAT student teachers will showcase artwork from their K-12 student-artists and display their own professional portfolios. The student teachers will also reflect on the art of teaching art.

“The Arts of Teaching Art Showcase is a rite of passage for students in the MAT program,” says Renee Sandell, professor and director of the program. “The exhibits showcase everything the MAT program does in the community, at Mason and in the DC area.”

The event also provides an opportunity for art educators from all generations to learn about the various approaches in elementary and secondary art education. Department faculty, peers and families of the student teachers, the student artists and their families and other Mason faculty, as well as administration members are expected to attend.

The MAT program, now in its third year, is designed for individuals with prior education in the visual arts who are interested in the art education profession. The program uses resources offered at Mason as well as the region’s museums and cultural institutions to work with area school systems.

For more information about the Art of Teaching Art Showcase, contact Sandell at

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