NAEA National Convention: March 26–28, 2020
MECA Booth 839 | Master of Fine Arts in Teaching

Representatives of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Maine College of Art will appear once again at the 2020 NAEA National Convention. At MECA Booth 839 will be MECA’s Chair of the MAT program, Kelly McConnell, MAT teacher candidate, Dylan Fruh, and Graduate Admissions Counselor, Joel Tsui Stop by to chat with us and pick up some goodies at Booth 839!

2020 NAEA: Pre-service Teaching Project

“Make your own museum — How can we make art museums a place for everyone to enjoy?”

During the 2020 NAEA Convention, MAT teacher candidate, Dylan Fruh will present his research project, “Make your own museum — How can we make art museums a place for everyone to enjoy?”. At our booth, we will distribute one-page hand-outs of Dylan’s research; he will available to share other research projects part of MECA’s MAT curriculum.

Glimpse into MAT Program’s Curriculum

As previous NAEA conference themes suggest: the importance of teaching design extends beyond the specific content of any given field. MECA’s MAT program’s motto, “We teach for possibilities,” expresses the fact that design thinking prepares people to creatively face the unimaginable challenges of tomorrow.

Below, you will find a short overview essay about the importance of design in visual art education. Included are lesson plans which involve the designed environment.

Taste, Aesthetics, and Student Designers

Teaching about Art and Design is more than teaching about media, art history, and art-making skills. This essay our program chair, Kelly McConnell, establishes a theoretical case and provides a practical example of how design thinking enlivens an art classroom.

The Exquisite Corpse Cube Project

Adrienne Kitko demonstrates how the Surrealist Movement used results from chance occurrences and group collaboration to foster spontaneity and exploration.

Mapping Our Designed Environment

Through an examination of the placement of everyday objects, this twenty-minute warm-up activity highlights the complexity of the world around us. Demonstrated in the Live Learning Lab at the NAEA Conference in 2015.

Design and Build Your Own Paintbrush

Meredith Leoni takes a frequently used art lesson and redesigns it to show how student interests and inquiry can shift a lesson from replication to the invention.

From the Air to Where?

Shaun Aylward establishes an art and science investigation for kindergarteners to explore the winter ecology of moths and butterflies.

Street Art/Graffiti Self-Portraits

Aimee Carmella uses student interests to design a high school unit that focuses on how visual artists use images, symbols, and words to convey meaning.

More Information about MECA’s MAT Program

Masthead image: Dylan Fruh, MAT program; DesignInquiry: Futurespective in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)