Developing Emotional Awareness and Empathic Curiosity in the Art Classroom

Includes a Live Event on 11/04/2020 at 7:00 PM (EST)


Developing Emotional Awareness and Empathic Curiosity in the Art Classroom
Wednesday, November 4 | 7-8pm ET  
FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

In a world where hatred and intolerance are alarmingly on the rise, it is imperative that we as educators continuously strive to implement empathy in our teaching practices and among our students. How might we design learning experiences to grow our students’ creative and emotional capacities in the art studio? How might we infuse empathy into our students’ creative processes? The purpose of this webinar is to reflect on the impact of empathy to create deeper learning experiences that develop emotional awareness. We will look at the benefits of engaging our students in projects that spark empathic curiosity, as well as potential problems and how to avoid them.

Lea Kabiljo

Lea Kabiljo, MA; PhD Candidate in Art Education, Concordia University, Montreal

Lea Kabiljo is a PhD candidate in the art education department at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research interests include oral history, photography, empathy within pedagogical contexts, and teacher training programs. Her artistic practice combines oral history with photography, examining ways that the life-story interview can elicit portraits of people’s inner lives. She teaches visual arts at high school and time-based media at undergraduate level. Previously, she was the executive director or LOVE: Leave Out Violence, a leading nonprofit organization in violence prevention for at-risk youth. In 2019, Kabiljo was named a Concordia Public Scholar, one of 10 highly qualified PhD candidates selected across four faculties with a mandate to engage with wider community to share the significance of their emerging research. She is also an avid globe-trotter and cheese lover.

Jason Blair

Jason Blair, MA Art Education, The Ohio State University; Art Educator, Abraham Depp Elementary School, Dublin City Schools, Ohio.

Jason Blair believes that the creativity of our children will change the world. An 18-year veteran art educator, every day that he steps into his art studio, he learns from the creative geniuses he teaches. He believes that to empower students and tap into their creative capacities, educators must nurture their own growth as creative change agents. To empower creativity in his students, Blair believes that the educator must be the classroom creativity whisperer, building a community in which creativity is valued and thinking differently is not just safe, but celebrated. Blair has established himself as a creativity specialist capable of empowering creative minds to illuminate innovative ideas. He received his MA in art education from The Ohio State University. Currently, he teaches elementary art in Dublin, Ohio.

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