Monthly Mentor

Natalie C. Jones (February)
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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March 01, 2016

Mentorship in Art Education: Tangible Links Between Research, Theory and Practice

From: Gloria Wilson

At critical points in our lives, I suspect that each one of us has been impacted by meaningful mentorship.

What was that experience like for you? Was it a specific person? A group of people? In what ways have these relationships been impactful for/in your life?

This month for NAEA’s Monthly Mentor, my aim is to highlight the varied ways mentorship can be experienced and sought out. Using broad conceptions such as compassion, identity, paradox, transformation, power, and humor, I will sprinkle my posts with literature from the field, personal experiences in my own teaching/learning and questions for how we might take up mentorship in a contemporary (art) educational landscape. This year’s conference theme is a great one: Lead, Share your Vision for Art Education. I look forward to sharing the next 31 days with you and perhaps connecting with you at the Convention!



Cindy Jesup

Hi Gloria,

I was lucky enough when I started working at high school to be part of a team of art educators who discussed pedagogy at lunch. Each day we would meet and eat together and bring up things that were happening in our classes, our plans for future lessons, and our successes and more often our frustrations. I did a lot of listening to gather information that would benefit my teaching practice and students. I am thankful for my colleagues willingness to share their expertise and insight.

Brian Moody

Hello! I am a teacher of high school students in the art classroom at P K Yonge developmental research school at the University of Florida in Gainesville. I am currently getting my Masters and we are discussing your work in class. The idea of mentorship is Center to our independent project I am working up currently. I am planning on having a group of high school students from my national art honor Society pair up with a mentor or younger students from the elementary side of our school. I have had many mentors through the years myself, and I'm lucky to be working with an incredible middle school teacher who is mentoring me currently. I'm so excited to see where the mentorship of my students leads, and I so appreciate reading your words. Thank you! I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have. As an aside, this entire post was done with voice to text on my phone, so if it is a little wonky in some areas please forgive me. Editing is not my forte

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