R. Darden Bradshaw

Assistant Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Visual Arts

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Profile

Fiber art workArtist and educator R. Darden Bradshaw is an Assistant Professor of Art Education and serves as Area Coordinator for Art Education. Dr. Bradshaw teaches all levels of art education courses, supervises student teaching practice, and advises art education students.

Prior to coming to the University of Dayton, Dr. Bradshaw worked as a middle school Art Integration Specialist in the Tucson Unified School District (2006-2011) where she collaborated with classroom educators to teach their discipline specific curriculum and art through reciprocal, mutually supportive structures.  Additionally, Dr. Bradshaw taught studio art courses in fibers, basic design, and art history at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona from 2001-2011.

Dr. Bradshaw serves as a consultant and trainer for the nationally recognized non-profit organization Arts Integration Solutions where she engages professional educators, both inside and outside the art disciplines, in creating innovative art integration curricular engagements for grades K-12.  Dr. Bradshaw also served as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Art Education from 2011-2014.

Faculty Perspective

Believing that the role of art educator is a dialogic one in which we navigate the liminal spaces between the worlds of artist and educator, maker and thinker, I am committed to facilitating a space in which students use theory and philosophy to inform their practice and pedagogy.  Teaching is a reflective, relational practice through which learners make meaning of their worlds.  Art education and art making are not just opportunities to collaborate with others while giving visual form to ideas, but they are transformative practices in which to find imaginative possibilities that comment on, critique and offer solutions to social issues and challenges facing students engaged in the contemporary K-12 educational system.

Courses Taught

  • Integrating Visual Culture
  • Early Childhood Art Methods
  • Introduction to Art Education
  • Foundations of Art Education
  • Teaching the Visual Arts

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Art History and Education, the University of Arizona, 2013
  • MFA in Fiber Arts, the University of Arizona, 2001
  • BFA in Visual Studies, Iowa State University, 1995

Professional Affiliations & Membership

  • K-12 Certified Art Educator 2006-present
  • Member, National Art Education Association 2001-present
  • Member, Editorial Review Board, the Journal of Art Education, 2011-2014