Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

Jonathan Hale was teaching art at both Jordan Valley School, a school for students with severe and multiple disabilities, and Sprucewood Elementary School in Utah’s Canyons School District when he had an idea—what if he brought students from Jordan Valley into the art classroom at Sprucewood to work in grade level peer pairs? Hale, an … Continue reading Peer Partners in the Elementary Art Classroom Lead to Growth for Students With and Without Disabilities

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Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

In this issue and in upcoming VSA Updates, we are highlighting presenters that will be at the 2018 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference and sharing information about their sessions. Art educator Sunnylee Mowery leads the preconference workshop “Classroom Comics: Reflecting on Teacher/Student Experience through Comic Art” on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Here, Mowery … Continue reading Intersections Preview: An Interview with Presenter Sunnylee Mowery

Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 4 – Clay

Visual arts education has historically presented challenges for both individuals who are blind or have low vision and for art educators who are not always equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully adapt their courses for students with disabilities. Dr. Jeremy Johnson of the University of Nebraska at Omaha set out to challenge the … Continue reading Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 4 – Clay

Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 3 – Approximate Perspective

Visual arts education has historically presented challenges for both individuals who are blind or have low vision and for art educators who are not always equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully adapt their courses for students with disabilities. Dr. Jeremy Johnson of the University of Nebraska at Omaha set out to challenge the … Continue reading Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 3 – Approximate Perspective

Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 2 – Weaving

Visual arts education has historically presented challenges for both individuals who are blind or have low vision and for art educators who are not always equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully adapt their courses for students with disabilities. Dr. Jeremy Johnson of the University of Nebraska at Omaha set out to challenge the … Continue reading Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 2 – Weaving

Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 1 – Expressing Emotion

Visual arts education has historically presented challenges for both individuals who are blind or have low vision and for art educators who are not always equipped with the knowledge of how to successfully adapt their courses for students with disabilities. Dr. Jeremy Johnson of the University of Nebraska at Omaha set out to challenge the … Continue reading Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: Part 1 – Expressing Emotion

Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: An Interview with Dr. Jeremy Johnson

The visual arts have historically presented challenges to individuals who are blind or have low vision, with barriers to participation in both art appreciation and art creation. Dr. Jeremy Johnson, an assistant professor of art education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, identified the need to remove these barriers for students who are blind … Continue reading Making Arts Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision: An Interview with Dr. Jeremy Johnson

South Carolina Visual Arts Program Adapts Lessons to Serve Students with Disabilities

In Beaufort County, South Carolina, over 100 students with disabilities are participating in a series of visual arts classes through an in-school residency program run by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Alana Adams, Senior Director of Education at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, leads the classes, which feature lessons from the fifth edition … Continue reading South Carolina Visual Arts Program Adapts Lessons to Serve Students with Disabilities

Creating the 2017-2018 VSA Teacher Resource Guide: An Interview with Author Shannon Hayes

The recently published fifth edition of VSA’s Teacher Resource Guide provides visual art lessons that challenge students to use their artistic voices to explore how the arts contribute to our understanding of the world, to our relationships with others, and to the betterment of our communities. This publication is a companion for the VSA International … Continue reading Creating the 2017-2018 VSA Teacher Resource Guide: An Interview with Author Shannon Hayes

Five Tips for Art Teachers Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

By Bev Johns Estimates show that 46 million children are impacted every year by trauma. The content and processes of art education can play a vital role in the education of children who have experienced trauma, are at-risk, are homeless, and/or are incarcerated. As educators, we must be very sensitive to the needs of children … Continue reading Five Tips for Art Teachers Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma