Dispatch from NAEA

A shell on the path to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which would alert pilgrims of a rest and refueling stop.  The shell oil company adopted this as their symbol in 1909.

A shell on the path to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) which would alert pilgrims of a rest and refueling stop. The shell oil company adopted this as their symbol in 1909.

We have our students read Paul Bolin’s (1996) article “We are what we ask” at the start of our course on curriculum development at the University of Florida. Today he brought that principle to life when he co-hosted a session with Doug Blandy on “In Small Things Forgotten: Exploring Overlooked Objects and Their Stories for Art Education.” Both men talked about objects in our world in ways that exemplified material culture studies, design thinking, and inquiry-based art education without ever using those terms.  They have always been some of the my favorite storytellers in our field. Without getting bogged down by theoretical jargon, they manage to take us deep into the world of big ideas.

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