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.
Methods for Teaching Art to Children: Exploring traditional and experimental approaches to teaching through the arts: 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 the arts in education while learning theoretical and practical approaches relevant to the teaching of visual arts as a stand-alone subject and in concurrence with other academic subjects. 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 an exploration of visual art teaching tools and methods. Teaching Art to Children is recommended for anyone with an interest in working with youth in or outside of k-12 settings.
Creative Interventions will deeply explore the intersections between global environmental change, sustainability, the arts, education, and social action. In particular, we will highlight the essential role that creativity and art-making plays in organizing, strategizing and initiating powerful and effective social change. Through creative thinking and expanding on one's artistic practice, students will learn powerful and productive ways to be agents of social change. In this course consideration of how social, economic, cultural, political, and ecological concerns relate to identity and positionality. This project-based course will include engagement in a cycle process of making, assigned readings, guest speakers, group discussion, and individual research. Students will be expected to expand upon their research and develop a project that focuses on art as the anchor in exploring the intersections between education and social change. This course offers a bridge to the fall Innovations for Change: Problem Solving for the Future and focuses on Art and Activism and is co-taught by professors of theatre, dance and art education. Friday labs will occur at various times throughout the semester.
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 both large lectures and breakout working groups. 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.
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.