I joined this group last summer and presented to them for the first time last fall. This fall my presentation, “Converging Disciplines: An Artist’s Story of a Changing Georgia,” focused on finding social studies connections for second graders and eighth graders to connect to the work of contemporary Georgia artist, Donna Mintz. The lesson plans presented identified both visual arts standards and social studies standards for these grade levels that could be used along with Mintz’s installations “lighting the sun” and “reliquary,” which include reclaimed objects from Native Americans and early settlers. These objects were found on the bed of Lake Lanier when the lake dropped 20′, during the 2007 drought.
As the newly elected Museum Division Representative, I am trying to think of the best ways to highlight the offerings of Georgia College and to find better ways to serve the art teachers in Georgia.
While I was way, Bill Fisher, Art Department Chair and I began a facebook chat about the group, my involvement and his previous experiences with them. We decided to pursue designing and hosting a summer institute for art teachers. It will be super terrific if this institute is interdisciplinary as many Georgia art teachers are now required to connect their lessons to other disciplines.
Do you have any grand ideas for our undertaking? Are you interested in participating? Please leave your comments.
We are very ambitious and have requested “Move the Needle” funding and plan to host our first institute this summer!
In the meantime, please click to enjoy a video featuring Donna Mintz and her work featured in the Georgia College Museum exhibition, Transitive Geographies: Contemporary Visions of an Evolving South.
Thanks, and I look forward to working with you all!
In addition to teacher workshops, I am interested in connections involving social engagement, environmentalism and anything else that creatively connects the interests of the group to the students I work with at Georgia College, k-12 educators and my museum colleagues.