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Each month, a different member is the guest writer for the NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog. Natalie C. Jones is an artist, small business owner, and the director of education at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She has 10 years of experience working as an art teacher and teaching artist throughout the east coast and the Midwest. Click "GO" to read her full bio.



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November 23, 2011

Turkeys in December

Kutztown University, where I teach, began as Keystone State Normal School, where individuals spent two years preparing to be teachers.  Later, it became Kutztown State College, and then, eventually, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  Teacher preparation is still a significant mission here.  My department, the Department of Art Education and Crafts, is one of three visual arts departments.  We are all housed in the Sharadin Arts Building, named in memory of Professor Henry William Sharadin, professor of art for 30 years, 20 of them as Art Department Chair.

My friend and colleague, Dr. Thomas Schantz, sent this old photograph to me today.  It shows Professor Sharadin on the left and a young man who might be his student teacher, on the right.  What do you think they’re up to?  Check out the drawings on the chalkboard, and then notice the date.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Marilyn Stewart


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