Name: Jennifer Motter, Ph.D.
Grade 7 Art, Grade 9 Art I
814.495.4611, Ext. 2850
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"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi
"Creativity takes courage." -Henri Matisse
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
Students enrolled in my new media art program courses Art and Art I will engage in a Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards-aligned interdisciplinary approach to art education that emphasizes student attainment of 21st century skills, social justice, and empowerment via integration of new media technologies for art making. We will employ the elements of art, principles of design, and postmodern principles. During our time together, students will experience: contemporary art, art history, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, graphic design, and digital art. New media is effectively integrated into art curricula for artmaking in order to guide students' development of valuable marketable skills, make art more relevant to students' lives and 21st century education, and enable more students to feel confident in artmaking and identify as artists. Students will participate in project-based curricula that involve: researching, brainstorming, sketching, artmaking, critiquing, revising, and reflecting. See my Art I students' digital portfolios.
As a teacher/learner/artist/researcher, I value and practice socially-responsible and culturally-responsive art education that potentially leads to student development of an enhanced sense of agency and empowerment, as well as positive socio-cultural change. Creation, public display, and critique of meaningful art fosters 21st century learning opportunities, knowledge, and skills. Therefore, I believe that it is art educators' responsibility to not only keep students up-to-date with contemporary local and global issues, contemporary art, and the latest technological innovations, but also promote ethical, collaborative, creative, and critical uses of new media, i.e., digital technologies such as the Internet, for empowering and positive transformative learning purposes. This is a long-term goal that I continually strive for as a new media art educator who prepares students for the 21st century workforce, higher education, and lifelong learning.
Principal Certification Program, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, (in progress)
Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate Program, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2014, GPA: 4.0
Ph.D. Art Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012, GPA: 4.0
M. A. Education, Computers and Educational Technology with Distinction, California State University, Northridge, 2007,
B.S. Art Education, B.A. Art equivalency, concentration Graphic Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Selected Teaching Experience
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Art Education Instructor and Art Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2008 – 2012
Kennedy-San Fernando Community Adult School, Granada Hills, CA
Graphic Design Instructor, 2008
Granada Hills Charter High School, Granada Hills, CA
Intel Master Teacher, 2006 – 2008
Digital Art Instructor, 2004 – 2008
Westmont Hilltop School District, Johnstown, PA
Substitute Teacher, 2004