IMPORTANT!!!! Below is some important information in the new way in which we will have to register as students for this coming spring semester 2015. Here is the email from Dr. Pam Lawton, the Director of Art Education department regarding these changes!

Dear All–

Very important information!   In preparation for spring 2015 course registration you MUST have your GWid number and password, GWorld card and GWU email established. If you have not yet done so, and plan to register for courses for the spring 2015 semester, you will not be able to register until you’ve completed these crucial actions. We will be fully integrated into GWUs registration system at the end of this semester.  This means registration will be done by the student directly into the GWeb Banner system.  You cannot access this system without first establishing your GWid.

Priority online registration starts on November 10th (please see the website below for online registration dates).

Online registration opens at 7:00am and from what we’ve been told by 10:00am classes are filled!  Therefore it is important for you to make an appointment with me to map out your spring schedule with CRNs so you can go quickly through the online registration process as soon as it opens for you (based on class status, ie.e graduate, senior, junior, sophomore, freshman).

This first online registration will be a bit tricky for Corcoran students because your course history will not actually migrate into the GWeb system until January—after registration.  This means that the pre-requisites, etc,that you have taken will not show up in the system–so the Corcoran cannot give you priority status for Corcoran classes.  This means our classes will be open to all of Columbian College students and other GWU schools (Education) as well.  This means that spaces in our classes could potentially fill up with GWU students not enrolled in our degree programs.

In order to avoid this we must be proactive and ensure that you register as soon as possible for the classes you need—leaving any extra seats for GWU students as appropriate.

I am posting a sign up schedule on my office door.  Please sign up for a time to plan your spring courses.  I would prefer to start with Graduate students as they will be registering first –so for the week of October 13th grad students should make an appointment to see me.

Weeks of October 20  — seniors and juniors

Week of October 27 –Juniors and sophomores

Week of November 3–sophomores and freshmen

Robert Blackburn and the Modernist Movement in Prints Symposium!!!!

Join the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program and the David C. Driskell Center at University of Maryland, College Park, on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center for Robert Blackburn and the Modernist Movement in Prints. This symposium explores Robert Blackburn’s role in the development of printmaking and his work as an artist, as well as the works of Maryland printmakers within the context of modernism. Symposium sessions feature distinguished panelists and speakers that include Judith Brodie, curator and head of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art; Katherine Blood, curator of fine prints, Poster, Prints, and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress; and others. The goal of the symposium is to understand the mechanics of printmaking, its history, and how to identify a good collector’s print. It also examines new techniques in printmaking. Don’t miss this day devoted to printmaking!

Request additional information on the symposium and exhibition by calling UMUC at 301-985-7937 or visiting or calling the Driskell Center at 301-314-2615 or visiting


Immediate opening

The Lab School of Washington is an independent school for students with learning differences, that utilizes a highly respected arts-integrated curriculum. The school is seeking a dynamic, talented individual to teach four afternoon classes to students in 5th-8th grades. Curriculum includes studio art, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, digital arts, and other 2-D and 3-D art forms. This individual will be joining a gifted and vibrant arts faculty which emphasizes collaboration with all facets of the school community. Candidate must hold a degree in visual art, hold a teaching certificate in the District of Columbia, or be certification-eligible.  Experience working with students with learning differences a plus.  Submit cover letter, resume, three professional references, and an employment application (found on Lab’s website) to  EOE

Diana Meltzer
Associate Head of School

ArtReach Teaching Assistant Opportunity !!!!!!

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Join us this fall semester as we investigate the community garden at THEARC and approach food justice initiatives through art making activities. Students will investigate the symbolism of food through printmaking, scenography, natural dye painting, sculpting seed dumplings, and book making.

For more information on ArtReach please visit our video:



Contact: Melissa Green

ArtReach at THEARC

1901 Mississippi Ave.

SE, Washington, DC 20020

(Free onsite parking and located three blocks from Metro Green Line: Southern Ave Station)

Fall 2014 Semester

October 6 –December 18

Mondays 4:30 –6:00pm (Ages 8 –12)

Tuesdays 5:00– 6:30pm (Ages12-18)

Wednesday 4:30– 6:00pm (Ages 8-12)

Thursdays 5:00 – 6:30pm (Ages 12 –18)

You are what you crEATe From art’s earliest stages, food has been used as artistic language to express cultural, political and social values. Artists share depicted food as symbols to express ideas relating to identity through paintings, sculpture, and design. In this class students will look at how artists from the past and today use food as a visual tool for expression. Working in collaboration with THEARC’s community garden, ArtReach students will explore the aesthetics of plants, urban ecosystems, and the landscape of their natural environment. Closely investigating the architectural design, colors and textures found in plants, root systems, invasive species, and garden design, this class will experiment with botanical drawing from observation, painting with plant based dyes, printmaking with vegetables, and book making utilizing natural objects. Classes will work on collaborative and independent projects exploring their relationship to food found in their own backyard and halfway around the world. The topic of food allows artists to express ideas relating to identity. Through observation and visual investigation, students will gain a better understanding of their own urban garden and the civic and environmental impact of the food industry at a local and global level.

STEAM Storytelling Professional Development Series at the Hirshhorn Museum!

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Enjoy this post featuring great professional development programs being offered by the Hirshhorn. It features a variety of workshops featuring topics such as contemporary art and STEAM learning!

STEAM Storytelling
Professional Development Series at the Hirshhorn Museum
2014 – 2015
Join us on the first Saturday of the month for hands-on workshops that explore the intersections between contemporary art and STEAM learning. These programs will challenge you to rethink our ideas about storytelling with guest artists and educators that will share their practices and facilitate projects on Graphic Novel, Animation, Collaborative Art-making, Photojournalism, and more.

All workshops take place from 10am – 4pm. After each workshop, we’ll be hosting an Open Studio from 4pm – 6pm where you can continue experimenting with programs and collaborating with colleagues on new ideas for bringing the projects back to your classroom.

Workshops are open to all technical skills levels. Each program will also feature ideas for modifying projects based on your access to equipment and programs

Register at . Feel free to contact us with questions and ideas any time at!

Rethink Graphic Novel
Saturday, October 4
Join award-winning author and illustrator Jonathon Scott Fuqua for a hands-on introduction to the graphic novel. Explore techniques for storytelling through art and collaborate with colleagues on ideas for bringing graphic novel projects to your classroom.

Skill focus: Visual literacy, Collage, In-Design and Photoshop Basics and Comic Life

Rethink Animation – Registration opens October 1
Saturday, November 1
Workshop: 10am – 4pm
Open Studio: 4pm – 6pm
Skill focus: Visual literacy, Stop Motion Animation, Video Editing Basics with iMovie

Rethink Collaborative Art-making – Registration opens November 1
Saturday, December 6
Special Focus: Multicultural Education
Workshop: 10am – 4pm
Open Studio: 4pm – 6pm
Skill focus: Visual literacy, Installation Art, Digital Media Basics


Information on the new GWU tuition payment plan:




         They need to call Alyce Kennedy at the Student Account Services (which is in Ashburn, VA) at 703 726-4295.  They have developed a plan to help manage this part of the transition for the fall term. 

         The student should set up my plan on line and it is very easy. Ms. Kennedy gives all the steps and calculates your payments after talking about how much you would pay monthly.  There is also a Student Accounts website ( as a resource but they should talk to Alyce.  She is the person handling the Corcoran students personally.


Here is a quick introduction into a job opening being offered by Meg Lynch  at Future Makers! 
My name is Meg Lynch and I manage programs for FutureMakers: a corps of coaches that are transforming in and out-of-school-time hands-on learning experiences for young makers between the ages of 6 and 15. We develop and support unique maker education residencies for exceptional coaches – makers who teach, and teachers who make. Our team members are educators, creators, designers, tinkerers, technologists, artists and craftspersons who design and facilitate rich experiences for young makers. 
We have recently partnered with two progressive language immersion charter schools in D.C. to present International Baccalaureate design track programming and are in the process of recruiting a full time and part time position. 

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