Drawing across the curriculum: who we are

| February 11, 2013

Andrea Kantrowitz is the director of the Thinking through Drawing Project in the Art and Art Education Department and an interdisciplinary doctoral candidate in art and cognitive studies at Teachers College, Columbia University   She is also an artist and teacher as well as one of the organizers of the International Drawing and Cognition Research symposia, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of the Arts London and Loughborough University in the U.K.   She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale.  She has also worked for many years as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools. Her research examines the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices.  Her own art work is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art.

Selected Publications:

The Man Behind the Curtain: What cognitive science reveals about drawing
in Journal of Aesthetic Education, Spring 2012

Drawn to Discover
in TRACEY, the journal of the Drawing Research Network, Summer 2012

Thinking through Drawing: Practice into Knowledge
2011 international symposium proceedings

Seymour Simmons is an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, where he coordinates the undergraduate art education program and teaches art education and studio courses in foundation and figure drawing. Prior to moving to South Carolina, he was an assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Art where he also taught art education and drawing, and has previous experience teaching art at middle school, college, and adult education levels. His education includes a B.F.A. in printmaking from Colorado State University, as well as an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University where his focus was philosophy of education. His dissertation addressed the history and philosophy of drawing instruction in art education and the education of artists. While at Harvard and for several years thereafter, he did research on arts education at Project Zero, and continues that association up to the present. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was on sabbatical doing research on drawing and cognition as a visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a visiting scholar at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. He continues as an active artist working primarily in drawing and watercolor. Among his publications:

2012 “Creativity: A holistic approach.” Chapter in The Heart of Art Education: Contemporary Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Connection, and Transformation.L. Campbell and S. Simmons, Eds. Reston: National Art Education Association.

2012       The Heart of Art Education: Contemporary Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Connection, and Transformation. Co-editor with Laurel Campbell. Reston: National Art Education Association.

2012       “Philosophical Dimensions of Drawing Instruction.” Chapter in Thinking through drawing: Practice into Knowledge. A. Kantrowitz, A. Brew, A., & M. Fava, M., Eds. New York: Teachers College.

2011       Visual Thinking: Art Students Have an Advantage in Geometric Reasoning: Co-authored with Caren M. Walker, Ellen Winner, Lois Hetland, & Lynn Goldsmith. Journal of Creative Education, Vol. 2. 1 (Mar. 2011).

2008       Cultivating creativity: Myths, misconceptions, and practical procedures. Web document to accompany Teaching for Creativity using SC Standards. Commissioned by the

South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education.

2006       “Living the questions: Existential intelligence in the context of holistic art education.” Visual Arts Research, Volume. 32, No. 1.

2002 “Re-visioning Spiritual Traditions in Art Education: 2002 Conference Proceedings, International Society of Education Through Art. New York: Columbia University

2001       “Multiple Intelligences at the Middle Level: Models for Learning in Art and Across the Disciplines.” Art Education, May 2001, Vol. 54., No. 3.

1998       “Creating Community Through Art: Two Recent Project Reviews.” The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Number 18.

1995       “The Teacher Education Program Consortium. “ The Journal of Experiential                Education, Volume 18, No. 3.

1995       “Drawing as Thinking.” THINK Magazine, Dec., 1995.

1993       Arts PROPEL Visual Arts Handbook, contributor and co-editor with Ellen Winner. Cambridge and Princeton: Harvard Project Zero and Educational Testing Service.

1992       “Philosophical Models of Drawing Instruction.” Chapter in Drawing:  Research and Development, D. Thistlewood, ed., London:  Longwood Press.

1989       “Sampling the Image:  Computers in Arts Education,” J.  Walters, S. Simmons, and M. Hodges. Chapter in Art, Mind, and Brain. H. Gardner and D. Perkins, Eds., Urbana:  University of Ill, Press. Also published in The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Jan., 1988.

1977       Drawing:  The Creative Process, with Marc S.A. Winer.  NY:  Simon and Schuster