Sunday, February 24, 2013

Symposium: Perspectives for Contemporary Art and Design Education

Image of OCADU reflected on AGO by Rachel Nixon.

March 5, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Art Gallery of Ontario
Seminar Room 1:  Weston Family Learning Centre
Partnered mini-symposium sponsored by WIAprojects (CWSE, OISE/University of Toronto), OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario
Co-conveners: Pam Patterson, Director WIAprojects & Instuctor, Art & Design Education Lab (ADEL), OCADU & Lorrie Ann Smith,  Manager of Public Programs and Audience Development, AGO and Co-facilitator,  Art & Design Education Lab (ADEL).

This mini-symposium acts as an extension of the AGO/OCAD Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL) partnership in learning, research, and teaching for art and design education. ADEL was initiated by an agreement between, and the committed actions of Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art, OCAD U and Kelly McKinley, Director of Education, AGO. The “lab” has been active now for almost 5 years and over that time has offered training to future OCAD artist-teachers and has provided multiple opportunities for multi-leveled exchange between institutions. Connections have ranged from inter-institutional planning meetings, to student-Education Officer debriefings, to inclusive design or art and design education curation exchanges with other universities and outside specialists. This is the third formalized event intended to extend and highlight these activities.

Perspectives for Contemporary Art and Design Education focuses on the initiatives which respond to global challenges, the dissolution of discrete disciplines, and to the complexity and use of digital technologies. With the AGO’s recent ideological and architectural transformation and OCAD U’s  rebranding as the “University of the Imagination”, Perspectives  sites a “think tank” for furthering inter-institutional conversation. What are the new pedagogies? Are traditional media relevant and how? How do we critically think about our practices and those of others? How do we create an inclusive, compassionate and yet provocative learning milieu?

11.00am -12.30pm
Welcome & Introductions: Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean Faculty of Art, OCAD U.
Presentations: Amy Swartz (OCADU) and Leesa Streifler (U of Regina)
Questions-as-provocations to focus “Think Tank” break-out groups led by speakers and facilitators: Jennie Suddick (Coordinator, First Generation/Student Success Program & Sessional Faculty, Faculty of Art, OCADU) & Carolyn Swartz (Coordinator, Secondary School Programs AGO)
Summary Discussion
12.30-1:15pm: lunch break
AGO Introduction - Lorrie Ann Smith (Manager of Public Programs and Audience Development, AGO)
Gallery experience: Developing Critical Thinking Skills and Dialogic Modelling for Interpretation. Weston Family Learning Centre, AGO, Carolyn Swartz (AGO) & Lorrie Ann Smith.

Event is free and open to all OCADU and AGO staff and faculty, and OCADU students.

Link to Leesa Streifler Presentation:

Link to Amy Swartz Presentation:

Images by Leena Raudvee