The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Alison Coombs

Alison Coombs
Art Education
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107 Arts Cottage
As an artist, art educator, learner, and researcher, Alison basks in the messy processes of getting lost in artmaking and the resulting constructions of meaning which emerge and inform what matters to us in our artistic practices and in our everyday lives. Alison earned her BFA in Art Education from the University of Arizona, her MS in Art Education at the Pennsylvania State University, and is currently working on her Ph.D in Art Education at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests surround curriculum theory and pedagogy, pedagogical documentation as a research practice, historical and contemporary theories of child art and culture, constructions of childhood and children, early childhood and elementary art education, making learning and thinking visible through art-making practices/processes, children as individual and group learners, and implications of social, visual, and media culture on art education. Alison began her professional career as a K-12 art teacher, teaching middle school art in Tucson, Arizona. She now has the immense privilege of working alongside undergraduate pre-service Art Education students in both intermediate and advanced practicum contexts to facilitate artmaking experiences with young children.

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