Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Paul Sproll Chairs Design Education at RISD

Paul Sproll is one of the national leaders in design education in K-12 schools. The primary focus of his work is teaching and learning in and through the arts in schools, museums and community settings.

Sproll is a longtime advocate for the study of design (products + things, words + images, places + spaces) in elementary and secondary schools; he views design education as a potent strategy for empowering students to make critical judgments regarding design and the visual text[s] of everyday life. He is a regular presenter at national forums on art and design education and frequently serves as a curriculum consultant and arts organization panelist.

In 1992 Paul founded RISD’s Center for the Advancement of Art + Design Education, creating an institutional infrastructure to support the professional development of K-12 teachers and, more recently, programming for high school students. The Center’s work comes to life in RISD-sponsored summer academies, workshops, studios, lectures and institutional collaborations.

He directed RISD’s High School Student Initiative, a three-year project funded by the Surdna Foundation designed to provide urban high school students with greater access to RISD programming. In 2003 he spearheaded an ongoing partnership between RISD and Hope Arts High School, a Providence public school undergoing significant curricular changes.

Click on the heading above to see a video of Paul Sproll talking about RISD's programs.

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