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Dr. Renee Sandell recently retired as Professor of Art Education at George Mason University where she developed and directed Graduate Art Education Programs from 2004-2009. NAEA 2013 National Art Educator of the Year, she holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art Education from The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include visual literacy, museum education, gender issues, studio pedagogy, art and healing, and the professional development of teachers. Co-author of two books on gender issues in art education, Renee Sandell has published numerous articles, book chapters and designed elementary and middle school art curricula. Her recent articles include “Seeing the Big Picture: The Visual Arts” published in the March 2011 issue of Principal Leadership and What Excellent Visual Arts Teaching Looks Like: Balanced, Interdisciplinary, and Meaningful as part of the 2012 NAEA Advocacy White Papers. Award Press Release
Renee Sandell’s active professional record comprises publications, presentations and leadership as well as national honors and awards, including the 2008 Invited Studies Lecture on her Form+Theme+Context (FTC) methodology. Her Form+Theme+Context (FTC) is a practical approach that rebalances and integrates learning content for critical thinking skill-building and deeper student engagement within diverse educational settings. Designed as visual organizers that balance formal, thematic and contextual considerations, Sandell’s FTC Palettes can be used to decode and encode any learning content, ranging from works of art, literature, lesson plans, and cultural institutions such as museums which is a major component of the SummerVision DC experience.
A Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association, Dr. Sandell has served as a consultant to various school systems, museums, and cultural organizations. She incorporates museum studies in her teaching as well as writing. While teaching at MICA from 1991-2003, she and her students collaborated annually with the Baltimore Museum of Art to create unique, object-specific tours for families. For the past nine years, Sandell has facilitated Artful Adventures university-museum partnerships in Washington DC, connecting preservice art educators with original art works at The Kreeger Museum , The Phillips Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. More ...
Art educators play a vital role in fostering visual literacy in all citizens--from cradle-to-grave. Today’s learners require diverse 21st century skills that enable them to encode visual concepts through the transformative process of creative expression as well as decode meaning through the informative process of critical response of society’s images, ideas, and media of the past as well as that which permeates our increasingly complex visual world.
My RESEARCH, TEACHING and ARTISTIC INTERESTS include the following:
- Museum and Community Education
- Visualizing Professional Development
- Art Education Theory And Methods
- Visual and Artistic Literacy
- Studio Art Education and Drawing Pedagogy: Marking & Mapping™
- Art and Healing
- Curriculum Development: ART = Form+Theme+Context (FTC)™
- Instructional Materials Design and Assessment
- Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Approaches to Art Education
- Gender Issues in Art Education/Women's Studies in Art
- Student Teacher Supervision
- Professional Development of Art Teachers.
- Talking About Art-Museum-Collaboration
- Seeing A Bigger Picture
- NAEA White Papers
- Form+Theme+Context:Balancing Considerations...
- Using Form+Theme+Context (FTC) for Rebalancing...
- Inspiring Pedagogy
- Feminist Art Education
- Marie Laurencin: Cubist Muse or More?
- Women's Achievements in Art: An Issues Approach for the Classroom, with Georgia Collins
- The Politics of Multicultural Art Education, with Georgia Collins
Scholarly Books and Monographs:
- Gender Issues in Art Education: Content, Contexts and Strategies, co-edited with Georgia Collins. Reston, VA: NAEA, 1996
- Women, Art, and Education, with Georgia Collins, Reston, VA: NAEA, 1984