2016 Summer Institute


 Assessing Learning in and Through Art 

We have reached full enrollment for SICA 2016

Tuesday, June 21, to Friday, June 24, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Palmer Museum of Art | Penn State School of Visual Arts

The Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA) is a free professional development institute at Penn State. This year we will consider how visual art and artmaking practices inform student learning and how learning in and through art can be assessed. Rather than focusing on judging and measuring as ways to evaluate student artwork, this summer we are interested in investigating the nature and quality of student learning and what learning looks like in and through visual art.

Our focus will consider definitions and examples of assessment, learning, meaning making, comprehension, and understanding to inform explorations of various strategies that can be used to assess student learning. In a contemporary moment of high-stakes tests and accountability, we will pay particular attention to the ways in which teachers and learners can visualize learning and meaning making in their own words, experiences, and examples rather than how they rate in relationship to externally prescribed levels of achievement. Our exploration of assessment in and through art this summer will be informed by readings, discussions, and presentations by visiting scholars.

Facilitated by Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education, and B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education. Act 48 credits are available or educators may enroll in Art Education 597A: Professional Development Summer Institute to participate in the institute followed by a five-week online course.

2016 SICA Scholars in Residence:

Chris Millet
Assistant Director of Education Technology Services
Penn State
Dr. Pamela G Taylor
Professor of Art Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Aaron Knochel
Assistant Professor of Art Education
Penn State


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