MMI art instructor Lisa Marie Ferry gave a presentation for the third consecutive year at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) conference, which was held in October in Harrisburg.

Ferry’s presentation was entitled “Holy Lesson Plan Batman! Adaptables to Encourage Student Success.” During the presentation, she shared several lesson plans that can be adapted to all grade levels which encourage a student’s voice, opinion, and critical thinking. The plans also examined how to incorporate techniques for relaxation that are not only fun for the students, but also the teacher.

Presentation proposals were blindly reviewed by two members of a committee of art educators from a variety of divisions who selected the conference speakers.

Last year, Ferry, who earned a Master of Arts degree in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations from Moore College of Art and Design in 2016, received the 2017 Pennsylvania Art Education Association Outstanding Non-Public Art Educator Award. The award recognizes exemplary contributions, achievements and service to art education at the state, regional and national levels. She delivered a presentation at the 2017 PAEA conference entitled “Empower Your Student’s Creative Side with Growth Mindset Strategies,” which was designed to help attendees determine what kind of mindset they have.

At the 2016 PAEA conference, Ferry delivered a presentation on how to create art activities and an art journaling kit based on postmodern principles to help alleviate anxiety and stress symptoms.

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association actively supports and promotes visual art education through professional development, leadership, and service. The annual conference features three days of workshops and sessions, keynote speeches, art exhibitions, a virtual student art show, and awards presentations and attracts hundreds of art teachers, prospective teachers, college and university professors, and retirees from around the Commonwealth.