Art Education


Students work on a drawing project in Carolina Alamillas drawing class.

Students in the art education major take major courses in the Art and Art History Department and may seek Specialty Education (grades K-12) Certification in Art by completing an Education minor consisting of those courses required for Specialty Education (grades K-12) Certification.  The major fosters creativity of future educators in order that they may in turn nurture creativity and the awareness of art in their students. This program culminates with the exhibition of a body of work at the Senior Show in the Olin Fine Art Gallery each spring.

Art Education Snapshot

Research and Internships

Graduate School Preparation

  • MFA in Studio Art
  • MA in Art Therapy
  • MS in Art Conservation
  • MA in Museum Studies
Careers After W&J

You’ll find W&J art majors practicing their craft in settings that range from teaching in their own classrooms or producing in their own studios to earning recognition for their work on the national stage. Chicago-based artist Tony Lewis ’08 has been nationally recognized for his abstract work in graphite.

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to student teaching in local schools, Art Education majors have many opportunities to enrich their own classroom learning, including classes abroad in European art capitals like Paris and Berlin, annual trips to New York City led by the department, and individually designed trips and internships to enhance their studies of art.

Undergraduate coursework in this program also prepares students for graduate studies in fields such as studio art, art therapy, art conservation and museum studies.

Art Education Faculty

Art Education News

India March sitting in front of her artwork

Art and Activism: India March ’18 Speaks Against Racial Injustice

October 14, 2020

India March ’18 is practicing activism through her art.

W&J instructor Patrick Schmidt uses his art for face masks

August 29, 2020

Since the onset the coronavirus pandemic in March, artists like Patrick Schmidt have faced a particular challenge: Keeping their work before the public while galleries are shuttered and larger-scale events like the Three Rivers Arts Festival have either been canceled or have migrated online.

Art Education Events

W&J Senior Show II

April 30 - May 9

Opening Reception and Artist Talks: Friday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating …  

CANCELED: W&J Senior Art Show I

April 16 - April 25

Opening Reception and Artist Talks: Friday, April 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating …