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November 20, 2015

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Nov. 21, 2014

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Nov. 16, 2012

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Exploring Time-Based Media: Strategies for Developing Narratives

8:15 – 4:00, Schaeffer Auditorium
The Art Education Conference
at Kutztown University

Welcome to the 77th Art Education Conference at Kutztown University. The purpose of this year’s conference is to develop a dialogue furthering the creative ways of exploring narrative in the classroom. Join us for an exciting day of presentations and workshops by international, national, and regional artists, educators and scholars working in time-based media.

The keynote speaker, Joanna Priestley, is a distinguished artist based in Oregon whose work (animations) has won awards in film festivals all over the world. She has had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, REDAT and American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the High Museum in Atlanta as well as shown on PBS and the BBC.

A guest speaker at the conference will be Camilla Rockwell, a documentary filmmaker, director and producer based in Vermont. She has produced films on creativity and the arts, healing and well-being, aging and dying, and the role of nature in children’s health and development.

Conference presenters include K-12 art teachers, university professors and artists who are eager to share what they or their students are doing creatively with technology as they explore themes, issues, concepts and ideas. Paramount in each conference presentation and session is the emphasis on narrative through the use of time-based media. In what ways can we construct narratives and what stories are we telling? How can we prepare for 21st century arts engagement that uses technology as means for art making and creative expression? What pedagogical strategies can we advocate or employ when using time-based media?

The conference presentations, sessions and workshops will provide the opportunity for K-12 teachers, academics, researchers, artists, designers and students to exchange ideas and participate in a day-long engagement with the arts.


Joanna Priestley, Artist/Animator

Joanna Priestley has made 26 award winning films about subjects dear to her heart: abstraction, botany, landscape, aging and human rights. Her work has won awards in film festivals all over the world, including the National Educational Film Festival (First Prize), National Independent Film and Video Festival (Grand Prix), Big Muddy Film Festival (Best of Festival), Canadian International Animation Festival (Special Merit Award), Athens Film and Video Festival (First Prize) and the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (First Prize).

"The exquisite animated world of Joanna Priestley has been one of the best kept secrets of the toon community. Whether she’s exploring our common fears and phobias, observing the vicissitudes of modern romance or commenting on turning 40, her many styles and visions are undeniably original and hard to forget."

— Animation Magazine

Retrospectives of Priestley's films have been shown on PBS (USA) and the BBC (UK) and at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), REDAT (Los Angeles), American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland), Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA). She has received fellowships from Creative Capital, National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell Colony (Elodie Osborn Fellow), American Film Institute, Djerassi Foundation (Rothenberg Award) and the Fundación Valparaíso in Spain and was recently awarded the Media Arts Fellowship from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Her films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Priestley studied painting and printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design and at UC Berkeley, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors. She also attended California Institute of the Arts where she received an MFA Degree and the Louis B. Mayer Award. Her background includes Coordinator of the Northwest Film and Video Festival, Director of Strictly Cinema, Editor of "The Animator", Regional Coordinator of the Northwest Film Center, Co-Director and Co-Founder of FILMA: Women's Film Forum and founding President of ASIFA Northwest.

Priestley teaches animation workshops worldwide and she has run an apprenticeship program at her studio in Portland Oregon. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and she serves on numerous juries and selection committees, including Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Nichold Screenplay Fellowship, Canadian International Animation Festival, Texas Filmmakers Production Fund, Big Muddy Film Festival and the Annie Awards. Priestley also loves medicinal herbalism, gardening and Burning Man. Her films can be seen on her website:



Retrospective of films by Joanna Priestley



Camilla Rockwell, Documentary Filmmaker & Director

Camilla Rockwell began in film with filmmaker Ken Burns, working on nine of his PBS programs and series from The Shakers: Hand to Work, Hearts to God (1983) to Thomas Jefferson (co-producer, 1997). In 1999, she established Fuzzy Slippers Productions to produce films on creativity and the arts, healing and well-being, including segments for the PBS series Body and Soul; Pioneers of Hospice, an award-winning educational program about the founders of the modern hospice movement; a video masterclass series for world renowned artist Richard Schmid; and Stone Rising, a one-hour feature about master stone artisan Dan Snow (PBS). Rockwell’s 2007 film, Holding Our Own (PBS) helped to expand our national conversation about aging and dying.

Rockwell’s film, Mother Nature’s Child, calls us to consider the future of that which we hold most dear: the health and well-being of our children. Visually rich, inflected with humor and the unexpected, the film examines the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, risk-taking, urban connection with nature, healthy rites of passage, the use of technology, and what it means to educate the “whole child”. The film has stirred intense discussion among parents, teachers and health professions nationwide.

Showing film, Mother Nature’s Child by Camilla Rockwell


ART EDUCATOR SESSIONS: Examples of Developing Narratives

Tricia Fuglestad

“How Ghosts, Aliens, and Flying Fairies Tell a Story about Learning”

Explore a variety of technology based art lessons where students use iPads to create narratives while applying art concepts and developing art making methods. See how iPad animation, drawing with layers, and entering artwork via green screen techniques gives students a chance to tell their stories in creative and innovative ways.

Bio: Fuglestad, NBCT is a K-5 elementary art teacher at Dryden Elementary School in Illinois with a masters in K-12 technology integration. She has been recognized for her innovative teaching in 2010 with the PBS Teachers Innovation Award, won Illinois Art Teacher of the Year in 2011, awarded Teacher of Distinction in 2012 by the Golden Apple Foundation, received Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2013, and the Jacobs Educator Award in 2014.  Her students' creative iPad art has been featured in magazines/textbooks and their award-winning Fugleflicks (art-related student-created videos) have been shown in international film festivals.

Dean Bollendorf

“Stop Motion Animation and “Flipping the Classroom."

In this presentation we will explore a bit of how the use of iPads and stop motion animation can be an effective way to use narratives and tell stories in the art room. "Change" was the simple but powerful word given to a group of students and some of the animated narratives that the class produced will be examined along with the process. The other focus of this presentation will be "flipping the classroom" and how from the story boards to the final animations, this process was taken in a new direction for both the instructor and the class.

Bio: A Kutztown University Graduate of 2002, Dean has been teaching middle school and elementary art since 2003 in the Bensalem Township School District. A Bucks County native, he resides there today in his home in Warminster with his wife and two young children. In addition to his time spent in the regular art classroom, Dean also has an after school art club, lends a hand in the guitar club, and also drama club.

Bridget Tinney

“Social Justice Art Ed: Empowerment, Media Literacy, and Technology Integration in a Middle School Classroom”

A social justice approach to art education utilizes visual art as a lens through which students can examine themselves and the world around them.  This session will explore strategies for implementing a social justice theme into a middle school art curriculum including a unit on media literacy and ideas for integrating technology into the art-making process.  This session will also seek to acknowledge misconceptions in the topics involved in a social justice curriculum and the degree of shift and adjustment needed to implement such a theme.

Bio: Bridget Tinney teaches 6th and 7th grade art at Lehman Intermediate in the the East Stroudsburg Area School District.  She graduated with a master's in Art Education from KU in May 2014 and has presented at local, state, and national conferences.  Bridget is currently in her 8th year teaching.

Diane Chisdak

“Collaboration as a Way to Inspire Art Across the Curriculum”

In this presentation we will look at how the Fleetwood Area High School art program has used collaboration to connect art with other subjects. The most well known example of this is the district’s commitment to generate a film utilizing the varied talented individuals throughout their school building. Misa’s Fugue involved student writers, musicians, film editors as well as artists to tell the true story of a Holocaust survivor, Frank Grunwald. This award winning film not only tells his incredible story but emphasizes the capacity for the arts to help one survive such a tragic time in history. In addition to a discussion of the film’s production there will opportunities to explore Artifact, the school’s award winning fine art literary magazine and other cross-curricular connections to visual art.

Bio: As an art teacher for Fleetwood Area High School for 25 plus years, Diane has embraced the story behind each student artist. Through journaling and critiques she has explored how each student’s unique identity flavors what they create. Her students have won awards on the local, regional and national levels and much of that motivation comes from their desire to reveal what only they can through art. In addition to the focus on individual student stories, she has also incorporated many initiatives that explore collaboration as a means of generating art. She is the advisor of the award winning fine art magazine Artifact. Each yearly issue pairs works of art with original student writing. This endeavor and other curricular initiatives connect art with other subjects and uses collaboration as means to bring art to a wider range of students in the building.

Showing film, Misa's Fugue

Thomas Dareneau & Domenic Frunzi

"Bringing humanity to digital assignments"

Mr. Dareneau will show students samples and student video responses from his Introduction to Animation course at Boyertown Senior High School. He will show how he asks his students to create narratives while learning the basic skills of Adobe Flash. Mr.Frunzi will share his experiences using Instagram as an introduction to the work of Carrie Mae Weems. Both presenters will share their experiences incorporating video cameras into the classrooms at the bequest of Art21 Educators.

Bio: Thomas Dareneau received his Teaching Certificate from Kutztown University in 2000 andbegan teaching art at Boyertown High School that same year. While the majority of his time at Boyertown has been spent teaching in the computer lab, more recently he has moved away from digital art. Although he still has a few Animation classes, the bulk of his time is in the drawing studio, where he teaches courses ranging from Introduction to Drawing up to Dual-enrollment Advanced Drawing.

Bio: Domenic Frunzi began his teacher career at Boyertown Senior High five years ago after graduating from Penn State. Although he was primarily a painter Mr. Frunzi took over the ceramics position at the high school. He does teach an occasional drawing or painting class but he is now most comfortable in the ceramics studio. He has just recently received his Masters Degree and is currently a member of Art21 Educators.

In 2013, Mr. Dareneau and Mr. Frunzi applied to and were accepted in the Art21 Educators program. Since then, Mr. Dareneau and Mr. Frunzi have redesigned their entire curriculum and presented Art21 philosophies and artists at local galleries, Kutztown University, and Penn State University.

Marisa Marlowe

“Art and Place: Using Digital Media to Capture Stories from the Upper Schuylkill River”

This presentation focuses on the role of the Schuylkill River as a thread for weaving together stories that span generations and cultures. It brings together history, biography, local culture, personal significance and a variety of landscapes. The result is a documentary with footage filmed entirely with an iPhone (with the exception of river footage, which was shot using GoPro) and produced in iMovie.

Bio: Marisa Marlowe is an artist and teacher who studies the link between art, place, and history. She received her M.Ed in art education from Kutztown University and her BA in both art history and visual art from Fordham University. Marisa currently enjoys teaching middle school art and spending time near bodies of water. She currently lives on the Chesapeake Bay.


ARTIST SESSIONS: Strategies for Developing Narratives

Josh Miller

"Interactive Media as Narrative:- Gallery tour and teaching techniques."

As we curated the current gallery exhibition, we wanted to include pieces that focused on telling a story using various software tools, with the goal of creating a finished piece in diverse mediums. Consequently, projects range from projection, to infographics, to physical artifacts, and more. This talk will contain a walkthrough of the current gallery, with background on the work and the process used to create the work. We will then explore software and techniques that students can use to create similar interactive projects.

Bio: Born and raised in the heart of Illinois, Josh Miller came to the Lehigh Valley to attend Lehigh University, from which he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. While a student at Lehigh, he studied programming, industrial design, and graphic design, while writing software for Caterpillar, Inc. on a part time basis. The focus of his graduate research was 3D virtual environments and user interaction techniques.

Following graduation, Josh taught animation, web/graphic design, video game design, and programming courses at a variety of schools, including Lehigh University, Northampton Community College, Drexel University, Lafayette College, Montgomery County Community College, and Lehigh Valley College. Josh currently holds a tenure track position at Kutztown University, where he teaches web design, graphic design, and interactivity. He also teaches part time at Lehigh University, and runs a successful freelance design business in his down time. Josh’s true interests lie in the intersection between design and programming, specifically with the creation of digital interactive artwork. Josh recently completed an MFA in New Media from the Academy of Art University, with a focus on interactive installations. His thesis project, Listen With Your Eyes, has been exhibited throughout the east coast.

Cara Cotellese

“Constructing Narratives through the Lens of Electronic Media.”

Creating a story using video is much like painting a picture. Video affords the producer a palette of tools including light, focus, angle and sound. Understanding and using these tools in terms of storytelling allows for endless possibilities. This session will showcase an exercise “Make It Scary” where students are asked to take an everyday action such as doing laundry and shoot the “story” of that action normally and shoot it again in a way that will make that action . . . . scary. This exercise focuses on the use of baseline production techniques and opens students' minds to deeper visualization in storytelling. Clips from horror movies and student projects will be part of this presentation.

Bio: Cara is a tenured Assistant Professor in the Electronic Media Department at Kutztown University. Her specialty is in “live” event production and documentary. Her students have recently garnered several nominations and a Crystal Pillar Student Production award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also is very interested in storytelling using all aspects of video production including projection, sound and layering of video. Cara previously taught at Bucks County Community College for 19 years in the Cinema/Video Program. She is currently at dissertation phase for her PhD from Lehigh University in Learning Sciences and Technologies where her areas of interest are social connectedness in online learning and quality content for flipped classrooms.

Scott Meier

“Exploring Projector Mapping in Media Arts and Live Performance.”

Projector mapping gives control of multiple video streams by using layers and flexible masking. Control of light can be used to design sophisticated multimedia installations utilizing LCD projectors and audio-visual software. This presentation will include live performance utilizing multiple projectors and surround sound.  After which, discussion and demonstration will illuminate processes used to conceptualize and create the performance materials. Demonstration will include an example of a basic set-up and the creation of a mapped projection. There will be an opportunity to discuss possible creative applications.

Bio: Scott Meier, Associate Dean of Arts at Mercyhurst University, is a recipient of Mercyhurst University's Teaching Fellow Award. Meier is currently an associate professor of music in the D'Angelo Department of Music. He teaches applied saxophone, conducts the wind and jazz ensembles, teaches music education courses, and is conducting research in multimedia performance art and projector mapping. Meier is currently producing a recital series that utilizes 24 speaker placements to create new-age, jazz, and folk influenced ambient soundscapes. The newest project includes multiple video streams and projectors mapped to architectural features within the recital space.

Cayse Cheatham

“Teaching Animation to Kids"

Animation uses a convergence of disciplines that we teach our students in classes outside of art. Writing, animation is all about the story that is by most standards more important than the art. Math, film moves at 24 fps and the animator must use math to sync up the actions to the sound track. Science, in the physics of motion. How and why things move is a very important concept to understand when animating. And writing code when animating for games or the web. I personally believe that nothing motivates someone more than the desire to learn. Animation can provide that desire.

Bio: Cayse Cheatham was born February 19,1959 in Lubbock Texas. He grew up in Dallas and attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts the year it opened in 1977. He went on to the Kansas City Art Institute and received a B.F.A. Then he attended the Yale School of Art, earning a M.F.A. in painting and printmaking.

He has worked as an assistant to Chuck Close, and as an Art Handler and Preparator for several museums and galleries including Pace Gallery, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Yale University Art Gallery, and the High Museum of Art. He has also worked as an Animator, an Illustrator, and, Animation Director. Currently he teaches Animation at The Atlanta Institute of Art and Art Appreciation at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

David Rogers

“3D Software For the High School Art Room”

3D software is a highly versatile visualization tool that can be used to great effect in developing concepts and finished art works in the areas of sculpture, architecture, furniture, jewelry, product design, two dimensional design and theater to name a few. The finished rendered image whether still or moving provides the designer and viewer with a clearly articulated design and the freedom to easily try multiple variations in form and materials, something a clay or cardboard mockup could not accomplish. Unfortunately 3d software has a reputation of being expensive and difficult to learn so I will be covering a powerful software that is provided free to educational institutions and students and learning platforms that will support every step of the learning process.

Bio: In 1974 David began his career as a furniture maker in Lynchburg, Virginia. He received a BFA in Furniture Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 and returned to VCU in 1988 to complete an MFA in Furniture Design. He teaches furniture design and 3D animation at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA. His work has evolved over the years from one of a kind furniture to figurative sculpture and is currently focused solely on 3D computer animation.

Leigh Kane

"Visionaries in Hollywood"

Mainstream moving-making is continuously re-invented and re-invigorated by the imaginative innovations of avant-garde filmmakers. David Lynch, Jane Campion, Todd Haynes, Michel Gondry and Miranda July began their careers making art and experimental films before finding success in Hollywood. We’ll look at clips from their edgy, early work and find connections in their well-funded film industry productions.

Bio: In her photo-based art work, Leigh Kane invites viewers to rummage through the substance and subterfuge of normative photographs such as family albums, studio portraiture and corporate archives. Her work is included in the book Reframings: New American Feminist Photographies (Temple University Press) and has been exhibited around the country— in NYC at White Columns Gallery and The New York Academy of Sciences; in Philadelphia at The Print Center and Temple Gallery; in Minnesota at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minneapolis Photo Center. Kane is also an educator who teaches photography and media at Kutztown University in the Department of Fine Arts. She loves to nap on the express bus and wake up in the city that never sleeps.


Join us for a Special Pre-Conference Event:

Tattoo artist Shanghai Kate presents, From Voodoo to Vogue, a global history of women and tattoos. Also known as the Godmother of Tattoos, Kate Hellenbrand has been a tattoo artist since 1972. Kate is also an author, lecturer and her award-winning work has appeared in all major tattoo magazines. In 1971, Kate co-produced the exhibition TATTOO at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11:00 - 12:30 in Schaeffer Auditorium

FILMS/VIDEOS (running concerrently with afternoon sessions):

Film Mother Nature’s Child by Camilla Rockwell, documentary filmmaker (57 minutes). This film explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Mother Nature’s Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the ‘whole’ child?

Film Misa’s Fugue—The tapestry of tragedy and artistry in the life of Frank Grunwald is interwoven with his story are teenage painters, sculptors, musicians, and filmmakers from Fleetwood Area High School who collaborated with their teachers to create a documentary that attempts to embellish the creative spirit amidst the most destructive moment in human history.

Poignantly told through film and interviews with Frank Grunwald, the documentary was edited, musically scored and visually supported by the efforts of students and faculty of Fleetwood Area High School.

Frank (Misa) Grunwald was born in Czechoslovakia in September of 1932. Four months later, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Misa's Fugue is the true story of one boy's journey through Prague, Terezin, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk, and Gunskirchen as a victim of arbitrary Nazi oppression. While exposed to some of the most horrific people, places, and events of the Holocaust, Frank Grunwald was able to endure the atrocities of genocide through a love for art and music that his childhood in Prague had instilled in him. His story of suffering, loss, and self-discovery is poignantly told from the perspective of a child who has lived with these tragic memories for more than half of a century. Encountering the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele and legendary artist Dina Babbit along the way, Frank Grunwald's life demonstrates the decision that all men and women must make to devote their lives either to the creation or destruction of human civilization.

Video Redesigning the Body: Women, Tattoos and Adornmentby Peg Speirs.

This video explores the body as a means of expression through a documentary on the art of tattoos, piercing and body adornments with a focus on women and tattoos. The design of the documentary includes a series of interviews with tattoo artists and people with tattoos addressing their involvement in the world of tattooing and recorded in various settings, including private one-on-one, a semi-public tattoo studio, and a fully public tattoo convention. Multiple perspectives of tattooing are explored through the issues of health, aesthetics, professional training, drawing skills, tools and equipment, imagery, text, and age. The interviews reveal perspectives on the history of tattooing and construct understandings of why humans adorn their bodies, reasons for images and placement. Tattoo imagery includes varied styles such as old school, black and gray, tribal, photorealism, Asian, Polynesian and contemporary.

Video Art and the Upper Schuylkill River, by Marisa Marlowe

This documentary delves into the rich culture of art that is found in the Upper Schuylkill River region. Through the narratives of four artists, the history and breadth of the area’s artistic identity are explored. These artists give us a glimpse into a range of topics, from the hardships and pride of the once-booming coal mining industry, to how the natural geography of the landscape informs the rock and roll being create by contemporary musicians. We see how the river weaves through and connects past to present, just as it weaves through and connects the small mountain towns that find themselves along her meandering journey.



Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery

curated by Josh Miller and Summer Doll, faculty members in the Department of Communication Design at KU.


We'd like to thank the following for their support of this conference:

Dr. William Mowder, Dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts,
Kutztown University

Kutztown University Foundation

Kutztown University Sesquicentennial Grant Committee

Department of Art Education & Crafts, Kutztown University





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