PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

2010 Ph.D. 

Department of Theory and History of Art, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece. 

Art Education. Thesis Topic: Art teachers' multicultural attitudes and instructional

practice.

Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Titika Salla.  

1996 BA

Faculty of Fine Arts, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Major: studio art practice, painting. Manors: the history of Art, aesthetics, engraving, photography, sculpture.

 

FELLOWSHIPS

2015

Fulbright Visiting Scholar grants 2015 -2016. Art education, School of Art and Design, College of Fine and Applied Arts, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. Host professor Dr. Paul Duncum.

2005

Greek State Scholarships Foundation 2005-2009, Recipient of scholarship for Ph.D., Art Education.

 

AWARDS

2011

Participation in Lulea. Art Biennial, Sweden, June – September 2011, LAB11, ‘games of infinity’ project.

1999

Participation in the 9th Biennial of Young Artists in Rome, Italy, June–September 1999, “cylinders of open communication project”.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2020 - 2021

School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Academic Research, Teaching Staff (ΕΔΙΠ), classes: "Art Education and Creativity", "Visual Narratives and the Child". 

2019 – 2020

School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Academic Research, Teaching Staff (ΕΔΙΠ), class: "Art Education and Creativity".

2017-18

School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Education classes, fall and spring semester.

2016-17 

School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Education classes, fall and spring semester.

2014-15 

Faculty of Fine Arts, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Education classes, spring semester. 

2010 - 2011:

School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Education classes, fall semester. 

2005 - 2010 

Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece, Teaching assistant, Art Education classes. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER-SCHOOL TEACHING

2016-2019

Public Art high school of Thessaloniki, Hellenic Republic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. Classes: art studio, painting, new media, photography. 

1999 - 2005 & 2010 - 2015

Public Secondary School, Greek Ministry of Education, Art classes.

1992 - 2001

Cultural Centre of Veria, Greece, after – school studio-art courses for children, adolescent, and adults. Art studio. 

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH GRANT

2015–16 

Fulbright visiting scholar program. "Learning through video production" School of Art and Design, College of Fine and Applied Arts, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.

 

MEMBER OF ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

2018

InSEA seminar: Research and Praxis for Social Engaged Arts Education, 16 – 18 July 2018, School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. 

 

SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

EDITORIAL TEAM 

2019 

 “Engaged Arts Education”. Thessaloniki InSEA seminar 2018, InSEA e-publication. Editorial team: Teresa Torres de Eça; Maria Letsiou; Maja Maksimovic; Hester Elzermann; Angela Saldanha.

 

KEYNOTE CONFERENCE ADDRESS

2012

“Blurring of margins between Art and Science: a new learning space”. Presented at III International Symposium of Visual Studies, “Global trends in Visual Arts Higher Education” Facultad de Artes Visuales of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, 6–8 November 2012, Monterrey, Mexico.

 

INVITED LECTURES

  1. November 2019, ‘Telling stories with objects’, Experimental Narratives symposia, The School of English Language and Literature was the first foreign-language School in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. 

 

   2. November 2018, ‘The studio – art production and the performance: teaching implementations’, Lecture and workshop.            Graduate school “Aesthetic education: theory and actions" School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education,          Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

   3. April 2016, "Creativity in contemporary art classroom". ‘Train the Trainers Meeting’. Organized by Fulbright                          Foundation, Athens.

   4. October 2016, "Interdisciplinary art and learning". Lecture and workshop. Graduate school “Aesthetic education: theory          and actions" School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

2019

  1.   ‘Studio learning and everyday objects’. 36th InSEA World Congress, Vancouver, Canada.

  2.  ‘Art Education and Young People’s Unsolicited Creative Practices on Social Media’. InSEA Seminar Malta 2019. ‘Conflicts and Connections’. Faculty of Education, University of Malta, Valletta, Malta. 

2018

  1. ‘Directions of studio art learning in Art high schools’. “The arts in the Greek school: present and future”. Faculty of Theatre Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. 

  2. ‘Learning/teaching Human rights through Art’, PPLG, Play, Perform, Learn, Grow, Exploring creative community practices, Anatolia College, Thessaloniki Greece.

  3. ‘Research and Praxis for Social Engaged Arts Education: InSEA Seminar’. Seminar of Greek Art Education Association, Thessaloniki, Greece. 

  4.  ‘Human rights school event’. InSEA European Regional Congress. Scientific and Social Interventions in Art Education, Helsinki, Finland.

2017

  1. “Realising Erwin Wurm’s one minute sculpture in educational settings”. Susan M. Coles, Maria Letsiou, Bernadette Thomas. 35th InSEA World Congress, “Spirit-Art-Digital”, Daegu, Republic of Korea.

  2. “The significant role of studio practice in the art education class”. 35th InSEA World Congress, “Spirit-Art-Digital”, Daegu, Republic of Korea.

  3. “Addressing the Challenges of Digitally Imbued Art Education Practice: A Project for Students and Teachers where the Digital and Traditional Coexist and Create Spiritually Transformative Experiences”, Mousumi De (Indiana University, USA), Paulo Cesar da Silva Teles (University of Campinas, Brazil), Maria Letsiou, (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), 35th InSEA World Congress, “Spirit-Art-Digital”, Daegu, Republic of Korea.

2016

       THE VILLAGE KOLHIKO: Three Greek junior high school art classes explore the place. 4th Conference on Art-based           research and artistic research, rethinking arts-based research, artistic research-and global/local communities. Aalto          

        University, School of Arts, Design, and Architecture. Helsinki, Finland.

2015

        “The Practice of Taking Selfies in Art Education”. InSEA European Regional Congress, Lisbon, Portugal.

2014

  1. "The International Friendship Art Project: teaching interventions in public high schools". In collaboration with Artist - teachers Bernadette Thomas, Germany, and Aya Katagiri, Japan. 34th InSEA World Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

  2. “Hybridization of the artistic languages in art education”. 34th InSEA World Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

2012

  1. “Art intervention and social reconstruction in education”. IV International Congress, Art and Visual Education, “Contributions from the periphery”, April, Jaen, Spain.

  2. “Sketchbook as a learning tool”. Fourteenth Conference for Art Education. Hellenic Art Teachers Union. Thessaloniki, Greece.

2011

  1. “Issues - based art education and creative inquiry process”. 33rd InSEA World Congress, Budapest. Hungary.

  2. “Social issues and Art Education in primary school”, thirteenth Conference for Art Education. Hellenic Art Teachers Union. Thessaloniki, Greece.

2010

       “Self-identification and contemporary art education”. iJADE Conference 2010 “Art and Design Education and

       Contemporary Culture”. Art and Design Academy, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool John Moores University, October, UK.              Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art.

 

CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

2018 

‘A suitcase for Europe’ co-presenters Bernadette Thomas and Andy Yeonsung Lee. InSEA seminar: Research and Praxis for Social Engaged Arts Education, 16 – 18 July 2018, School of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. 

2014

"Mobilemovie project". In collaboration with Artist - teachers Bernadette Thomas, Germany, and Aya Katagiri, Japan. 34th InSEA World Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

2013

"Extending participants' roles in the learning environment", workshop. InSEA European Regional Congress: Tales of Art and Curiosity: Canterbury 2013. Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Campus, England. UK 24 - 26 June 2013.

2012

“Origin, Roots”. III International Symposium of Visual Studies, “Global trends in Visual Arts Higher Education”, Facultad de Artes Visuales of the Universidad Aut.noma de Nuevo Le.n, 6 - 8 November 2012, Monterrey, Mexico.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Contribution in Book

2019

“Rethinking the notion of Art Learning as Social Activity”. In T. Eça, H. Elzerman, M. Letsiou, M. Maksimovic, A. Saldanha (eds). “Engaged Arts Education”. E-publication of InSEA. 

2015

“Educational trends: Artistic Interventions for Social Reconstruction”. Contribution in “Re-estetizando, Algunas Propuestas Para Alcanzar La Independencia En La Educación Del Art”. Mar.a Isabel Moreno Montoro (Ed), InSEA Publications, Porto: Portugal, ISBN : 978-989-20-5401-8. 2014

2014

“Soundscapes: Our Place and the Utopia of Art”. Contribution in ‘Criação de Paisagens Sonoras: Hibridizando as linguagens artísticas em contextos educativos’. Autor(es): Alfonso Infantes Delgado, Carmen Molina; Teresa Eca (Org). Editor: Associa..o de Professores de Express.o e Comunica..o Visual. (e - book). ISBN: 978-989- 96384-8-8.

 

Refereed Journal Publication 

2019 

  1. December 2019. “Bridging art curricula with on-line youth culture”, Screen Literacy, Education Through Visual Media Expression. Niigata University, Graduate School of Modern Society and Culture, Japan, Vo 1. pp. 7-18.

  2. June 2019. “Me and My Teddy Bear”. Special issue of Synnyt/Origins: Finnish Studies in Art Education Journal, ‘Digital and new materialist artistic and art educational practices and theories’, InSEA Regional Congress 2018, pp. 1155-1171, ISSN 1795-4843.

2016

  1. November 2016. International Friendship Art Project (INFAP). Co-authors Aya Katagiri, Bernadette Thomas. Vo 5, Journal of Art Education, published by Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan, pp. 9-17.

  2. September 2016. Art as research: defending the significance of art practice in high school, International Journal of Education through Art (IJETA), Vo 12, No 3, pp. 241-255.

2014

“Art intervention and social reconstruction in education, Intervención artística y recosntrucción social en la educación”, Terciocreciente Nº 6, Octubre 2014, Spain, ISSN: 2340-9096.

 

Visual essay (peer review)

2017, 

“Mapping the Experience Through Art-Based Research”. Synnyt/Origin Journal. Special issue: Rethinking arts-based & artistic research – and global/local communities, Editors Mira Kallio-Tavin, and Anniina Suominen, Helsinki, Finland. ISSN 1795-4843, https://wiki.aalto.fi/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=120486591

2015

“Mobilemovie Project” co-authors Aya Katagiri, Japan & Bernadette Thomas, Germany, InSEA e-magazine, no1.

 

 Papers presented in Conferences and Symposium

2015

“The Practice of Taking Selfies in Art Education”. InSEA European Regional Congress, Lisbon, Portugal (e-proceedings).

2014

  1. “Wishing tree: Non-Haptic Interactive Art Installation Project with junior high school students”. Co-author Prof. Dr. Paulo Cesar Teles, No 30, 2014. Art education Journal, Hellenic Art Teachers Union, Athens, Greece.

2013

"Extending participants' roles in the learning environment". InSEA European Regional Congress: Tales of Art and Curiosity: Canterbury, UK. (e-proceedings).

2012

  1. “Art intervention and social reconstruction in education”. IV International Congress, Art and Visual Education, “Contributions from the periphery”, Jaen, Spain (2012) (e-proceedings), ISBN 978-84 937651-0-1.

  2. “Sketchbook, a useful learning tool”. Art Education journal, no 28, 2012. Art education Journal, Hellenic Art Teachers Union.

2011

  1. “Issues - based art education and creative inquiry process”. 33rd InSEA World Congress, (e - proceedings). ISBN 978-963-08-1596-3.

  2. “Social issues and Art Education”. Art Education journal, no 27, 2011, Art education Journal, Hellenic Art Teachers Union.

 

CURRICULUM MATERIALS

2015

Teacher’s guide for of “Art history” in Greek art senior high school. Hellenic Republic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Institute of Education Policy.

 

EXHIBITION-RELATED WITH RESEARCH

2016

"Greeks for Greece", University gallery "Figure one". Curator Allison Rowe doctoral student in art education, School of Art and Design, College of Fine and Applied Arts, the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Illinois. The USA. Participation with students' video production.

 

RESEARCH ADVISOR 

‘How Art Creates Community’ Sarah Cornette, scholarship: Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Program, 2018-19., Advisor and coordinator of research that has conducted in Greek public school. 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

2017 – 2018 

Global Cine Literacy Project. Organized by prof. Hirotoshi Yaginuma, Faculty of Education, Niigata University, Niigata City, Japan. Participants researchers Aya Katagiri, Maria Letsiou, Bernadette Thomas.

2013-2015

 “Intersoundscapes: Hybridisation of Artistic languages in education”. Organized by Prof. Maria Teresa Torres Pereira de Eça and APECV (in-service teacher training center - art teachers association), Portugal.

2013-2014 

“The International Friendship Art Project: teaching interventions in high schools”. Research team: Aya Katagiri, Tokyo, Japan; Maria Letsiou, Thessaloniki, Greece; Bernadette Thomas, Kehl, Germany. 

2013 -2014

“Mobilemovie project”. Research team: Aya Katagiri, Tokyo, Japan; Maria Letsiou, Thessaloniki, Greece; Bernadette Thomas, Kehl, Germany. http://www.insea.org/InSEA-Mobile-movie-project-2013-14

2009 – 2014

"Non-Haptic Interactive Art Installation Project with visual art teachers and students". Research team: Mousumi De, Aidan Boyle, Celia Ferreira, Maria Letsiou, Bernadette Thomas. Organized by Prof. Dr. Paulo Cesar Teles, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Artes, Campinas - S.o Paulo, Brazil. Research specialization Art education and new media, art as research, arts-based educational research, interdisciplinary art learning.

 

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