Professor Schulte, gifted in art education, creates a destination for the study of childhood art



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Endowed Professor of Arts Education Christopher Schulte

Endowed professor Christopher Schulte is establishing the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences School of Art as a destination for the study of childhood art.

Schulte joined the School of Art in the fall of 2019. Since joining, he has founded the Center for the Study of Childhood Art, contributed to the Master of Arts and Doctoral programs, and more recently was appointed deputy director of the School of Art. . The Center for the Study of Childhood Art is currently under review and is pending approval from the Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

“Christopher Schulte is an exceptional colleague and a rarity in the field of arts education. He is one of the top international scholars focusing on children’s art, especially children’s drawing practices,” said Angela LaPorte, director of the arts education program. “At the same time, Chris is a dedicated educator, collaborator, leader and innovator. His many outward-looking engagements through the Center for the Study of Childhood Art have established a national and international reputation for the University of ‘Arkansas as a Sought-after Center for the Study. of Childhood Art.’

Schulte earned her doctorate in arts education from Pennsylvania State University and has a diverse teaching background with experience in early childhood as well as elementary, middle, and high schools in rural, suburban, and urban settings, in addition to her career. in higher education.

His long-term goal of developing a center for research, teaching, and community engagement focused on childhood art was accelerated when he accepted the role of Endowed Professor of Art Education at the School. of art.

Schulte describes himself as someone who likes to build things. He is particularly interested in creating unique educational programs and initiatives.

The transformational gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation creating the art school has also created an incredible opportunity to build and position the school as a center of excellence in the teaching of art, the history of art, graphic design and studio art program.

Schulte saw this opportunity to build, but ultimately decided to join the art school due to the gift’s clear expectation that the fundamental principles of equity, diversity and inclusion be central to the development of the school. ‘school.

“It’s rare to be part of an arts education program like the one being built here,” Schulte said. “I understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a chance to make a real material difference, not just to the arts education program, but to the community and the arts education field as a whole. As an endowed faculty member, it is important to me that the generosity of the donation, and more specifically, the tremendous support I receive as a result of my position as an endowed chair, is used to effect meaningful and lasting change. for students, youth in the community and the field of art education and its related fields of inquiry.

Schulte’s fellowship focuses on young children’s artistic, playful, and aesthetic practices, particularly childhood drawing, and how these practices materialize children’s bodies, lives, and ecology. Schulte has published numerous textbooks and other edited volumes, as well as peer-reviewed national and international journals. Since joining the School of Art, Schulte has edited and co-edited three major anthologies, a fourth of which is currently in press.

He shares that his personal goal is to make the U of A arts education program an international destination for the study of childhood art. This goal is already progressing with the development of the CSCA, the world’s only center for research, teaching and community engagement dedicated to the study and practice of children’s art.

“Christopher Schulte’s Center for the Study of Childhood Art will be a valuable addition to the field of arts education, as well as being an important resource for the Northwest Arkansas community,” said Gerry Snyder, Executive Director from the School of Arts. “Her commitment to exploring the impact of art as an important part of every child’s life and educational experience will enrich our understanding of art and childhood.”

The CSCA’s mission is a deep and intensive engagement to advance critical and reconceptualized approaches to childhood art and its relationship to historical and contemporary childhoods.

“Art provides an important opportunity for children to contemplate their lives and their relationships to the world,” Schulte said. “Art allows children to contemplate and test the flexibility of experiences that may be difficult to face or difficult to understand.”

Schulte brings the CSCA mission to the community through diverse programming.

CSCA Childhood Art Lecture Series features leading scholar-practitioners whose research has the potential to reshape the way individuals think about and approach the study of childhood art. The series is currently taking place virtually and is free and open to the public.

The Art of Childhood: A CSCA Podcast is designed to extend the introductory engagements of the speaker series by facilitating interviews that further illuminate the work and its personal, historical, political, methodological, and theoretical underpinnings.

The sketchbookwhich was piloted this fall, is a free, community-based visual arts program designed for young people living in Northwest Arkansas to question, explore and expand creative possibilities artistic in their life.

The program will serve as a site for students of the School of Art to conceptualize and implement curricula to challenge dominant ideologies related to children and childhood and to generate innovative, equitable and inclusive approaches to the arts visuals and their education. In the future, The sketchbook will also serve as a site for researching faculty and graduate students.

The Childhood Art Internship offers undergraduate students in the School of Art a unique opportunity to gain experience related to the visual arts and its childhood education. Depending on the intern and their professional interests, responsibilities are developed in relation to one of three focus areas: teaching and learning, design and research.

Beginning in the spring of 2022, the CSCA will launch its annual awards program. The program will provide financial support to emerging and established scholar-practitioners, including U of A faculty, whose work makes timely and important contributions to the study of childhood art.

Schulte shared that he is excited about the challenges and opportunities within the arts education program and the CSCA. He and his colleagues continue to imagine, plan and build for the future.

To learn more about the work of CSCA and Schulte, check out the website and follow the center on social media.

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