Suu’s Art Insights to Feature
Dr. Craig Roland, Art Educator
February 20, 2014
Photo credit: Students observing Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo provided by Craig Roland
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: For more than 30 years, art educator Dr. Craig Roland has brought the world of visual art to students at all grade levels using different technologies in the classroom. Dr. Roland shares his techniques and experience when he appears at Art Insights, SUU’s Department of Art and Design’s weekly lecture series, on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The presentation begins at 7pm in the Gilbert Great Hall, located in SUU’s Hunter Conference Center on the second floor. Admission is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.
Before coming to the University of Florida in 1988, Dr. Craig Roland taught Art Education classes at Eastern Illinois University and Purdue University. He has also taught art at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, including five years at the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico. For three decades now, Dr. Roland has been exploring ways of using new technologies to support, enhance and transform teaching and learning in the art classroom. This pursuit has led him at different times to focus on the World Wide Web, videoconferencing, MUVEs, virtual worlds, e-mail, instant messaging and listserves to deliver art instruction at a distance and to promote collaborative learning between art classrooms. The culmination of this work was the publication of his textbook titled The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet in 2005.
Roland’s current research revolves around the use of social media, and in particular a social network called Art Education 2.0 that he started in 2007 to connect art classrooms around the globe and provide ways for art teachers and students in different geographical locations to work together on shared artistic and educational goals. Over the years, this network has grown to over 14,000 members and has become the preeminent online site for art teachers seeking innovative classroom ideas, useful curriculum resources and professional dialogue.
In 2013, Dr. Roland received the Kathy Connors Teaching Award from the National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus. In 2007 he received the Scholarship of Engagement Award from the UF College of Education for his many contributions to the field of art education at the local, state and national levels. In 2004, he was selected at the UF College of Fine Arts’ Teacher of the Year.
Art Insights is a weekly program hosted during the fall and spring semesters by SUU’s Art and Design faculty. Students and community members meet weekly to experience presentations and discussions by visiting artists and art educators from around the nation who share their work, insights, and attend gallery openings. Admission is free, and the general public is invited to attend.
Learn more about Dr. Craig Roland’s approach as an art educator by attending his Art Insights presentation. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.