Art for Healing in Difficult Situations


Art for Healing in Difficult Situations

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 7-8 pm ET
FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

A growing number of children are experiencing traumatic life events during their childhood. How can we, as arts educators, help? Visual arts can provide an outlet for children to express their feelings, communicate their needs, and reach out for support. Join us for this timely webinar as three art educators share their teaching experiences, strategies, and art projects for helping children alleviate stress and heal.


Donalyn Heise, EdD

Artist, Educator, Author

Donalyn Heise is an art educator with 30+ years of experience in K-12 public and private schools, and at the university level. Her research focuses on the transformative power of art and its ability to foster resilience in students living in crisis. Heise has taught in various settings, including homeless shelters and family emergency centers. She is co-editor with Adrienne D. Hunter and Beverley H. Johns of Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma: A Guide for Art Educators and School-Based Professionals. Heise also served as associate professor and art education program coordinator at University of Memphis; director for the Center for Innovation in Art Education at University of Nebraska; and president of the Tennessee Art Education Association. Her awards include the 2013 Tennessee Special Needs Art Educator of the Year, 2010 Tennessee Art Educator of the Year, 2010 NAEA Southeastern Region Higher Ed award, 2009 NAEA VSA-CEC Beverly Levett Gerber Special Needs Art Educator Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007 Tennessee Higher Ed Art Educator of the Year, and the Nebraska Art Teachers' Association Supervisor /Administrator of the Year Award.

Adrienne D. Hunter, MEd

Art Educator

Adrienne Hunter, a pioneer in teaching art to in-crisis, at-risk, and/or incarcerated students, has taught students from homeless shelters, crisis centers, alternative education high schools, and maximum-security institutions for 35+ years in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Alternative Education Program, Pittsburgh, PA. Hunter holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MEd in Special Education from Duquesne University. She is a nationally recognized presenter, author, and recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Beverly Levett Gerber Special Needs Art Educator Lifetime Achievement Award. Hunter’s publications include: (with Donalyn Heise and Beverley H. Johns) Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma: A Guide for Art Educators and School-Based Professionals; and (with Johns) "Students with Emotional and /or Behavior Disorders;" and in Gerber, B.L., Guay, D.P. (Eds.), Reaching and Teaching Students With Special Needs Through Art.

Beverley H. Johns

Professional Fellow, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL

Beverley Johns has worked with students with learning disabilities and significant emotional/behavioral problems within public schools for more than 33 years. Johns is now a Professional Fellow at MacMurray College. She is the author or co-author of more than 22 books in the field of working with students with special needs and is the 2000 recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Outstanding Leadership Award.

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