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Professional presentations at workshops and academic conferences

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Keynote Speaker


Idaho Art Education Association Conference

Keynote Topic: The Sky’s the Limit: Elevating and Energizing Your Art Program

Additional workshops: ‘Chart your course: arts advocacy,’ ‘Is it real? Developing a pedagogy of empathy,’ andOpening Act: First years and transitions in the art room.’

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, October 5-6, 2019



New Media, Visual Culture and Visual Arts Education, Session Chair
What Can Art Do? Exploring the Visual Culture of Social Justice as Studio Curriculum
International Society for Education through Art World Congress
Çanakkale, Turkey, 2023

How can art effect change? This session discussed ways that art can inform, inspire, and influence social change, and how these issues can inspire student centered studio curriculum. Resources were researched and shared through a web page dedicated to this topic.

Mindscapes: Creatively Engaging with Land, Sea, and Self (workshop)
International Society for Education through Art World Congress
Çanakkale, Turkey, 2023

Creatively engage with your unique views and experiences in Çanakkale and the conference while reflecting upon your internal landscape. When we creatively engage with a landscape we record and honor the land of a particular place. As we dwell in the space of making, we examine and contemplate the earth and sea, the air and light, the human built and the organic. We build a connection between history, nature, and our indwelling selves.

(Re)Learning to look: Creatively engaging body, place, and making (workshop)

Canadian Society for Education through Art, Ottawa, October 2022

As creatives, we live closely with inspiration. As educators, we seek to transmit creativity to our students. This workshop invites awareness and discussion about the intersectionality of our multi-layered identities, often dwelling within the body, through the opportunity to creatively engage with place – beginning with the conference in Ottawa!


To the Gallery!  Art-looking as a tool for art-making

(round table discussion)

Canadian Society for Education through Art, Ottawa, October 2022

Can looking at art inspire creativity? Why or why not, or under what circumstances? This session examines the connection between looking at the products of someone else’s creativity and the impact on our creative inspiration, moving past absorbing information to generating new ideas and emerging innovation.

International Society for Education through Art World Congress

Vancouver, BC, CanadaJuly 2019

Re/viewing Art Educator as Maker: Identity, Materiality, and Text 

Hands-on Workshop

Is it real? Questions of Place, Creativity and Conflict

Panel Discussion

National and State

Exit/Us: National Survey Findings and Observations

National Art Education Association Research Pre-Conference.

March 2023 (virtual) Watch the presentation here: Exit/Us

Research presentation delivers findings from the national study of art educators I conducted in 2022 that yielded nearly 400 pages of data from art educators across 42 states. While this data does not answer every question, it does reveal many insights into the root causes of the exodus leading to a shortage of art educators across the nation.

What can art do? Guiding students towards socially meaningful art and design

National Art Education Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2023

How can art make a difference? This workshop presents successful strategies to guide students in developing meaningful artwork expressing their lived experiences, social issues, and/or uplifting visual culture images.


You are here! Creative Engagement NYC

National Art Education Association Conference, New York City

March 2022 (in person)

Discover place-based pedagogy through creative play inspired by New York City! Participants will engage creatively with their experiences at the Convention and NYC by reflecting, sharing, and making. Together we will find inspiration in the unexpected, the ordinary, and the extraordinary while creating a multimedia sketch journal.


Text Me!

National Art Education Association Research Pre-Conference.

February 2022 (virtual)

As Artist-Educators, what is our relationship with the many texts of our field? This arts-based research mined the materiality of the texts surrounding us for creative destruction, yielding intriguing insights.

Picture This! Creative Engagement with Place
exas Art Education Association Conference, November 2021
Discover place-based curriculum inspired by our experiences at the conference and beyond. Participants will creatively engage with the unexpected, the ordinary and the extraordinary, while making a multi-media sketch journal.

Art HERstory
Texas Art Education Association Conference, November 2021
Where are all the great women artists? They're HERE and they are fantastic! Recent research across the globe has generated the discovery, restoration, and exhibition of amazing artwork by women across time and many cultures. Discover and share new resources.

Dialogues in Art: Art & Community Panelist

University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Art & Art History September 24, 2021

Panel presentation title: Creative Places

​Exit/us: Reversing the exodus of at-risk arts educators

Research Commission symposium

National Art Education Association Virtual Conference, March 2021

Presentation recording

Prior to 2020, the statistics of educators leaving the profession was staggering. The pandemic has only hastened this departure. As the field nears a crisis stage, this research proposal seeks the root causes of the exodus, including the aspects of teaching in 2020 and 2021 that are igniting the foundations of our educational institutions, that we may better understand how to rebuild teacher preparation programs and teacher support networks. What steps can we, the insiders in art education, take to support our at-risk colleagues?

Multi-Modal Visual Conversations – Home and Classroom Collage for the 21st century

National Art Education Association Virtual Conference, March 2021

Bridge the home/classroom gap through energetic assemblage using found, repurposed, and traditional materials; rematerialize digital images and discuss strategies while we stretch our creative muscles!

Who is that creative you?

Texas Art Education Association Conference, Virtual Conference, 2020

Presentation recording

Artist-Educators are invited to actively engage with the practices and perspectives of creativity through hands-on making and reflecting activities.  Art educator colleagues have expressed in conversation and in professional workshops the struggle to maintain a personal creative practice while teaching. We also desire more creativity coming from all of our students.  This workshop will provide a chance to learn and reflect, to be creatively nourished, and to embark upon open ended quests that can rekindle and focus creative productivity (video link available).


Strategies for Hybrid Student Teaching Success

Texas Art Education Association Conference, 2020 Virtual Conference\

Presentation Recording

Live session hosted by: Dr. Lucy Bartholomee & Dr. Amanda Alexander

In this challenging year, student teachers in field placements are facing online and hybrid teaching models with demands outside the scope of our traditional pedagogy. This discussion forum invites Art Education professors, supervisors, and other stakeholders to share successful strategies and workshop ideas to meet the needs of our student teachers.


Sketch it! Teaching Drawing for New Art Educators

Texas Art Education Association Conference, 2020 Virtual Conference

This session is designed for educators in the first two years of teaching as well as pre-service and student teachers. Learning to draw is often a primary goal for young students. Discover teaching strategies using traditional and innovative drawing strategies, creative play and drawing routines to get your students from the sketchbook to the gallery wall. Teachers will leave with a wide range of strategies to take back to their physical and digital classrooms (video link available).

Presentations accepted for NAEA 2020 (conference cancelled)


Exit/us: Reversing the exodus of at-risk arts educators

National Art Education Association Research Pre-Conference


MultiModal Mania: Collage in the 21st century

As our world grows increasingly digital, our connection with the materiality of artwork and hands on experiences becomes more vital even as we view them from a twenty-first century perspective.  This workshop offers tools to bridge the gap through eclectic processes flexible enough to bend to thematic Big Ideas, offer a showcase for technical skills, and feature themes of personal expression.


Opening Act: The First Two Years

This hands-on workshop for new teachers focuses on practical, real-world strategies for developing effective classroom organization, sorting through pedagogy and curriculum, developing a personal teaching style and managing materials as well as student behavior. 

Traditional Professional Conferences


The Phenomena of Discovery: Stories of Kinesis, Creativity and Lostness

National Art Education Association Conference,  March 2019

NAEA Research Commission Preconference, Boston, MA.

In art education, Phenomenological methodology is a powerful tool for supporting our research and perspectives as artist-educators. Embodied presence through walking, moving, and making can support a wide range of education research, especially in arts education where we value growth and process as well as product. Phenomenology is rooted in existential philosophical traditions yet values the lived experience of contemporary life, and thus is an insightful tool for arts education researchers who seek both academic authority and innovative methods.


You’re Not Alone

Texas Art Education Association Conference, 2019

Workshop Description: In support of newer teachers, this session presents real-world strategies for classroom management, building a creative support network, and developing enduring methodologies for successful careers in art education.


Sketchbook Strategies for New Teachers

Texas Art Education Association Conference, 2019

Workshop Description: Addressing the needs of new teachers and anyone seeking to enhance creative play, this program is designed to inspire experimentation, complexity, accountability, and reflection in sketchbook practices. 


The Sky’s the Limit: Elevating and Energizing Your Art Program

Texas Art Education Association Conference, November 2019

Art Educator workshop sponsored by the Onstead Institute, UNT, 2019

Session Description: Present and discuss successful strategies to advocate for your art program to increase enrollment, expand participation, inspire creativity, and elevate your status within school community and administration.

What Can Art Do?

Texas Art Education Association Conference, McAllen, TX, 2018

Workshop Description: This workshop challenged participants to see conflict as a source for meaningful and relevant curriculum.  Directly inspired by dissertation findings, the presentation included tensions revealed in New Orleans visual cultural practices followed by instructional methods developed in my courses related to channeling issues of school conflict into useful design projects. Teachers were then challenged to consider the question, ‘What is wrong with your school?’  Using text related to education, they repurposed and reformed these into visual investigations (artworks) through collage, calligraphy and painting.


The First Two Years

Texas Art Education Association Conference, McAllen, TX, 2018

Fort Worth ISD Art Educators, January, 2019

Workshop Description: This workshop was designed for educators in the first two years of teaching as well as pre-service and student teachers.  The presentation focused on practical, real-world strategies for setting up a classroom, developing effective classroom organization, and managing materials as well as student behavior.  While utilizing the texts of educational instruction for reflection and art making, a collaborative discussion emerged with my formal presentation and idea sharing between participants for a fruitful and meaningful workshop experience.


Where Creativity Thrives

Texas Art Education Association Conference, McAllen, TX, 2018

Workshop Description:  This presentation generated philosophical discussion about the nature of creative places, from personal to global, and creative communities.  Acknowledging that the artist’s studio holds the aura of creativity, the presentation reviewed a variety of qualities of creative places (such as a history of creative achievement) and the nature of creative stimulation as tied to geographical places. We then applied these ideas to school and classroom environments as related to creativity and invention for our students.

Art Talks! Building Identity and Leadership Through Art

National Art Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA, 2018

Workshop Description: An extended session exploring opportunities to support students struggling with issues of self-confidence, identity and goal setting.  Art making (painting, drawing, graphic journaling) is offered as a creative expression that encourages reflection and revelation through hands on experiences for art educators in practice as well as a wide range of project ideas that are applicable for their own unique students.  By request, this workshop was also presented to Fort Worth ISD art teachers in Fall 2018.


Creative Teaching and Teaching Creativity

Art Educator In-Service sponsored by the Onstead Institute, University of North Texas for Mabank ISD Educators (all subject areas), June 2018

Fort Worth ISD Educators (all subject areas, 6-8th grades), February 2018

Dallas ISD Art Educators, at UNT Dallas, June 2016

Presentation description: Rise above the clamor for creativity from the corporate economy to seek authentic creative practices.  There is increasing pressure on educators to provide creative instruction; STEAM programs at times expect art educators to provide the solution.  This workshop begins with examining art educators’ own beliefs about creativity, considers new research and philosophy, and then opens the door for educators to discover and develop strategies for teaching our students how to bring out their own unique creative attributes.


Who Am I? Building Identity and Leadership Through Artmaking

Texas Art Education Association Conference, Galveston, TX, 2017 (two sessions)

Workshop Description: This workshop presents four student projects focused on the themes of Identity, Self-Esteem, Goal Setting and Independence.  Discussion topics included the benefits for students and variations that can be tailored for unique groups (young women or men, race or ethnicity, LGBTQ, and other communities).  These activities are designed to encourage reflection in the participants and pave the way for increasing personal agency, wherein the artistic process will inspire students to imagine and then create their futures with intentionality.  


Feed Me: Nurturing Creativity in Advanced Studio Art Programs

Texas Art Education Association Conference, Galveston, TX, 2017

Workshop description: Teaching advanced art students brings many unique joys and challenges to art educators. The rigor of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs often brings out the best and worst in our developing art students. This workshop addressed instructional challenges such as nurturing creativity while fulfilling the requirements of AP and IB programs, motivating students through a ‘slump,’ supporting university portfolio development, and challenging highly talented students. Artmaking activities explore identity and personal motivations through painting and multimedia. The outcome of these discussions and artmaking empowers teachers with tools to meet instructional challenges and share in the victories of their most accomplished art students.


Un-Purposing the Art Room…With Purpose

National Art Education Association conference, New York, 2017

Workshop description: Materials and tools in the art room are ripe with meaning and use, but what happens when we un-purpose those objects?  Releasing art media from its intended purpose also frees the phenomenological encounter of the artist and art educator for unfettered creative expression.  This presentation challenges art educators to cultivate their own creativity and that of their students as we approach an entirely new way to work with school art media.


Creativity Unleashed

Texas Art Educators Association conference, Dallas, 2016

Workshop description: Processes and theories of creativity are examined while being creative in this hands-on workshop for art educators.  Through the experiences of Play, Experimentation, Making and Reflection, participants consider philosophies of creativity as related to their classes.


New Orleans: America’s Creative Crescent

University of Texas Africa Conference, Austin, 2016

Presentation description: Challenging traditional views about creativity as the purview of the lone genius, this article and presentation explores the phenomenological experience of creativity as an embodied experience that is geographically located, further proposing that creative places such as New Orleans are highly impactful upon creativity. 


In & Out: Bringing the World to Your Classroom

Texas Art Educators Association conference, Galveston, TX, 2015

Workshop description: Research and strategies for culturally rich and culturally sensitive art instruction.  Reaching beyond superficial or food-related classroom events, the workshop modeled researching authentic and specific cultural groups while making two art projects.


Creativity Across the Curriculum  2015

This teacher in-service workshop for Northstar School faculty connected current research in creativity (Sir Ken Robinson, Csikszentmihayli, Howard Garner and others) with the curriculum of all subject areas, validating the creative teaching practices already in place and providing practical strategies to inspire teaching for creativity in their students.


Art Thinks! Workshops, 2014-15

Conducted for International Baccalaureate classes in Arlington ISD & Northstar School.

Exploratory workshops examining the intersection of aesthetics and IB Theory of Knowledge with Art History objects and perspectives.


Art Around the World: Introduction to Student Travel

Texas Art Educators Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2014

Presentation description: Introducing the practice and benefits of international student travel with art students, particularly as it relates to the enhancement of the art curriculum.


Cultivating Creative Practices in the Art Room and Beyond

Texas Art Educators Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2014

Presentation of current research on creativity at the Graduate Research Forum.


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