Concord Art Professor Attends Institute in Washington, DC
Athens, W.Va. - Dr. Sheila Chipley, Professor or Art and Art Education at Concord College, Athens, W.Va., was selected to attend the 2000 Teacher Institute of the National Gallery of Art (NGA). The program of study was titled “The Beat Generation and Beyond: American Art of the 1950’s and 1960’s”, and was held July 24-29th at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Dr. Chipley was one of 50 educators from across the country to attend the weeklong workshop.
The program included lectures, gallery studies, visits to collections at other galleries, a studio visit and a hands-on workshop. The activities packed into the intensive program made the week slip by quickly and loaded Dr. Chipley with information and hands on materials to share with her students at Concord College. Dr. Chipley returned to the College tired but inspired.
Prior to attending the program, Chipley reviewed reading materials recommended by program organizers that focused on art from the 50’s and 60’s. This is the second NGA Teacher Institute Chipley has attended.
Earlier this summer Dr. Chipley attend the Art Teacher Forum at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which included classes on figure drawing and pop-up paper works. This was the ninth year she attended SCAD.
Chipley feels very strongly that it is important to attend programs to enhance skills and develop more insights and depth of field. “Participation makes me a stronger teacher,” she says, “and, helps me to develop art for my personal growth and development. It is important to produce art as well as teach art. To become the student, as well as the teacher.” Because of the intensive study, Chipley has begun a new series of mixed media works that will be presented to the public in a show this fall.
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Photo: Mixed media painting by Dr. Chipley entitled Preserving Art, A Jarring Experience.