OCTOBER 31, 2013
Freed-Hardeman University professor Barbara England presented a paper at the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA) Fall Professional Development Conference at Watkins College of Art in Nashville last week. England chairs the FHU Department of Fine Arts and she is an assistant professor of art and interiors.
England introduced those in attendance to FHU’s Connections Series. The Connections Series at FHU is a weeklong program each semester that highlights the interdisciplinary linkages of nationally important topics. The goals are to provide students with academic activities inside and outside the classroom and to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty. As a “super session,” the presentation was available twice during the conference.
England says, “Several teachers were extremely interested in creating something like a collision course in their schools and encouraging interdisciplinary opportunities for their students.”
The annual conference provides TAEA members with an opportunity to hear a nationally recognized speaker and work with outstanding artists and educators from across the state. It offers presentations on curriculum development, arts integration and community resources as well as hands-on studio experiences. The theme for this year’s conference was “Repo Renaissance: A Transformation.”