Summer Courses 2019

Contemporary Issues in Art Education (3 cr)
Professor: Dr. Kimberly Sheridan

In this course, we explore the history of, and contemporary issues in, the field and profession of art education. Through readings, teaching experiments, studio activities, and discussions, we make sense of key concepts in our field. We draw on insights from the learning sciences, pedagogical theory, and research methods to develop the skills students will need to make meaning from their upcoming observations of teaching and learning.

Meets 9:00 am – 4:30 pm July 22, 23, 28,29

Socially Engaged Art & Advocacy  (3 cr)
Professor: Dr. Kim Cosier

In this course we will examine theoretical frameworks and practical implications of teaching art in a culturally diverse, democratic society. Through readings, reflective journaling, studio activities, peer teaching, discussions, and written work we will engage with concepts such as Social Engagement in Art Education, Anti-racist/Anti-biased teaching, Intersectional identity, White privilege and Institutionalized racism, Sexism, Heteronormativity, Ableism, Classism, and other forms and structures of bias that encroach on students’ and teachers’ lives in and out of schools. More positively, we will learn about ways to engage in artistic and pedagogical practices that strive to make the world a better place for all.

Meets 9:00 am – 4:30 pm July 24, 25, 31 and August 1


Summer Workshops 2019

Teaching Media and Visual Literacy (.5 cr)
Professor: Elizabeth Patton, PhD

This workshop presents a theoretical framework, instructional strategies and curriculum development to teach K-12 students to critically analyze visual culture. This workshop provides an overview of the approaches and strategies for art educators to use to incorporate media and visual literacy in their teaching practice.

Meets 6:30-9:30 pm July 30, 31

Teaching Students with Disabilities (.5 cr)
Professor: Kelly Gross, PhD

Through this workshop, students will examine neurodiversity and recognize the strengths and capabilities of diverse learners in the art room. In addition, we will dissect disability stereotypes and how the production of visual imagery can represent a disabled experience. Students will spend part of this session making visual imagery and utilizing iPads as a supportive technology.

Meets 6:30-9:30 pm July 25 and 9:00 am – 12:00 pm July 27


Tuition and Fees

Non-degree-seeking students pay a per-credit rate for courses, workshops and independent study. VCFA has followed state mandated professional development standards for teachers, with a per credit rate of $664.


Application Process

For more information, or to enroll in our graduate courses as non-degree-seeking students, please contact Program Director Jennifer Skinder at [email protected].