Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Education
Jana holds a Doctorate in Teacher Education and an MFA in ceramics. She studied ceramics in West Africa through Parsons School of Design. Her ceramic art has been sold and exhibited nationwide.
Jana's current research focuses on elementary school general education teacher practices concerning arts integration in the United States and Japan. She was the founder and former Executive Director of a non-profit Community Arts organization in Amherst MA. Jana additionally works with Mount Holyoke College Teacher Licensure Program as the supervisor to art education licensure students.
In the U.S. mainstream culture, the arts are largely interpreted as an extra and as such, not an integral part of the general education curriculum. The arts are often marginalized in our educational system, and almost always in jeopardy when budgets are cut. This is not the case in all countries. In some cultures, the arts are valued like math, science and other academic subjects and they are an indispensable part of the general education curriculum. In this course we will learn how the arts are used and valued in the U.S and abroad and we will explore how education systems throughout the world teach with the arts, through the arts and about the arts. Through ethnographic research students in this class will have the opportunity to learn through in-depth inquiry and investigations. This is a project-based course, which will result in a final research paper.
This tutorial is designed to be a Teaching and Learning Community. In this course, students will develop a general understanding of art education and its relationship to contemporary society. Through investigation of cultural, sociological and philosophical influences we will explore the teaching of visual arts in public and private schools, and community-based art education programs. As a component of a Teaching and Learning Community, one course meeting per week will be in the classroom and the other will be an out of classroom activity, which includes visits to local art museum, community arts studios, observations in local school settings and various informal learning experiences which relate to the topic of art education.
In this course students will be teaching art to children in grades K-6. We will focus on visual arts teaching by exploring art materials, methods and techniques appropriate for a K-6 art program. Students will prepare themselves for behavior, academic and circumstantial situations which might arise in an elementary school classroom. The first half of the semester will include discussions and exploration of contemporary theory, issues and methods within the field of Art Education. Students will work individually and in groups to create art lesson plans and they will experience working as a team by using group consensus to make decisions and plan an after-school art program. The second half of the semester students will teach art to children. They will apply much of what they have learned by experiencing hands-on team teaching in a local elementary school. Allowing for extended class time once a week (30 minutes) during the elementary school program is mandatory.
Worried about climate change and how we will live sustainably in the future? Join us to brainstorm and assess solutions together. This will be a course for first and second year students interested in learning how to evaluate potential solutions to current local and global environmental and social problems. The course will be co-taught by faculty across the curriculum at Hampshire and will include guest lectures from experts in the field of climate change and sustainability. The course will be divided into modules focused on specific problems and potential solutions, such as how the arts can help educate and engage the public in making positive changes for sustainable living; why humans are so resistant to changing our habits; whether excess greenhouse gases can be safely stored via carbon sequestration; and how we might ameliorate losses to biodiversity due to climate change. In addition to engagement in readings, lectures, discussion and activities, small teams of students will be expected to explore a problem in greater depth and present their ideas to the class at the end of the term.
This course will explore methods for teaching art to children in grades k-12. We will plan lessons and units of study, which focus on both art education and arts integration while learning theoretical and practical approaches relevant to the teaching of visual arts. Working in groups and individually students will apply creative and critical thinking to explore structured and experimental approaches to teaching through the arts. This is a hands-on class, which will include art teaching observations and exploration of visual arts teaching methods and materials. Teaching Art to Children is recommended for anyone with an interest in teaching children using the visual arts as a form of therapy, in general k-12 education or specifically focusing on art education.