Jessica (J.B.) Burke
Vice President for Regional Programming
Georgia Southern University

Interested in hosting a Regional FATE Event?  Become a REGIONAL COORDINATOR!

Any FATE member can become a Regional Coordinator by planning an event. This event may be modest (a brown bag luncheon with ten colleagues from surrounding schools, for example) or as expansive as a full conference with a hundreds of people. The goal is to get a group of people together to discuss foundations related topics. These topics may be directly related to what you are doing at your school or more broad as to address a wider range of issues. You choose the scale and what you want to discuss.

· Participating in FATE is a great way to meet people who combine a sincere interest in teaching with strong dedication to their own studio work or research.
· Putting together a regional event is a great networking tool for making contacts in your area and find out what surrounding schools are doing. This could be highly beneficial for the part time instructor or graduate candidates.
· As a Regional Coordinator, your participation can be as expansive as your time permits—you have great freedom in developing and implementing projects.
· Learning what other colleges are doing in your area may give you a better sense of how you match up. Therefore, giving you a better idea of what changes you may want to make to better your department.

Based on number of participants you wish to invite to your event, various event structures can be considered to foster quality presentations and/or productive discussion. The events listed below are examples of event types you can consider organizing.  

Start small but think big. Holding a call for papers or trying to reserve a block of rooms at a hotel is a big headache and doesn’t need to be a part of the process. The number of guests could be limited or completely open. Registration fees could apply to guests if you intend on feeding them.

FATE REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE: (2-10 participants) Pick topic you want to discuss in some depth and invite 3-6 experts to present hands-on or panel sessions. The Roundtable could be people from your own institution from various departments with perhaps a few guest speakers from other institutions to springboard a conversation. Choose a topic that you feel would benefit your department or discuss a topic that you feel would benefit the college as a whole. This could also be open to the public and perhaps housed in an auditorium with spectators.

FATE REGIONAL FORUM: Contact 10-30 colleagues from surrounding institutions, possibly including high schools with AP programs. Consider focusing your discussion on a specific topic, such as critique strategies, creativity, or ways to create connections between studio and lecture courses. Provide a simple lunch for everyone. Talk. Write a concise description to be shared on FATE news webpage.

FATE REGIONAL WORKSHOP: (30-50 participants) Pick topic you want to discuss in some depth. Invite 3-6 experts to present hands-on or panel sessions. Work up an agenda and distribute it to regional institutions. Provide donuts and coffee to start and a nice lunch. Let participants arrange their own lodging, based on a list of recommendations you provide. Write up results to be shared with FATE membership.

FATE REGIONAL CONFERENCE: (Ideal size: 50–150 participants) Pick an engaging theme. Get an assistant and a team of collaborators to help you. Many hotels and universities have professional conference planners—they can be invaluable. Pick 8-12 presenters or distribute a call for proposals. (A call for proposals is much more work, but it expands your network of participants.) Depending on the scale of the project, arrange overnight lodging. Run the event, record, and allow us to share with the FATE community.

If interested, please please download the FATE Regional Application, fill it out and send it to J.B. Burke as soon as you have all the details for your event. After the event, please complete the follow-up, feedback form. Click on the image below to download the feedback form.




(Note that some "past" events have provided summative reports. You can view these by clicking on the link adjacent to the specific Regional Header)

FATE Regional EVENT {TX}

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10am-3pm
Where: University of North Texas, College of Visual Art and Design, Art Building, 1201 W Mulberry St, Denton, TX 
Cost: $20 (includes coffee/muffins & lunch- vegetarian option available)
Coordinator: Deanna Ooley,

How are institutions specifically using technology in their design foundation programs and curricula? Visit the University of North Texas for this one day workshop to share your experiences and favorite project that incorporates technology into design instruction. In addition to informal assignment swapping, several 20 minute lectures and demos will also be featured throughout the day. Participants are requested to bring a 5 minute informal presentation and project handouts for 25-30 people. Please share what worked, what didn’t, and what you plan to do differently in the future. Other useful materials such as student work pictures/ examples, supply lists and vendor contacts are also encouraged. If you would like to be a TechSwap presenter, please submit a brief proposal for a 20-25 minute presentation to Deanna Ooley at by October 15, 2016. Limit 30 participants

FATE Regional ROUNDTABLE & FORUM {Northeast: MD, DE, DC, NY, NJ, PA}

Critique Games Part III: Plans into Action

When:Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: Harford Community College, Joppa Hall 53, 401 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014
Cost: The event itself is free. Lunch at Broom's Bloom not included 
Coordinator: Heidi Neff, Harford Community College,


At our last session (Critique Games Part II), a member led us in a critique of another's artwork. At the end of session, several members suggested that next time we should all bring work and practice critiquing each other's work. It was also also suggested we have lunch at Broom's Bloom afterwards and continue the conversation. Please RSVP by Monday, August 22, 2016.

 FATE Regional Event {KS, MO, OK, & NE}

When: Friday, May 6, 2016, 10am-5pm
Where: Beren Gallery in the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Cost: Free event. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
Coordinator: Robert Budp, 

Foundations instructors from across the region will share their favorite Foundations assignments and samples of student work--writing, drawing, 2D design, 3D design, 4D design & multimedia--there will be something for everyone.

Space is limited. Contact Robert Bubp at to present and/or attend the event. Projects may be submitted for share or presentation or both; submit requests to present by April 1, 2016. Projects to share should be submitted by May 2, 2016 in order to provide materials to attendees.

FATE Regional Event {ID & WA} 

Leverage: Shifting Forces in the Classroom 

When: Friday, April 8, 2016, 10:30am-3:30pm
Where: University of Idaho, Art & Architecture Building, 022
Cost: Free event. Lunch Provided
Coordinators: Joe Hedges, Assistant Professor of Painting/Intermedia, Washington State University, & Stacy Isenbarger, Assistant Professor of Art + Design, University of Idaho,

New art and design foundations educators are forced to confront diverse curriculum and first year students issues with limited navigational support.  Curriculum precision and design tactics become necessary to achieve leverage in productive classroom. Join us  for a day of interactive activities and discussion identifying ways to help students channel their own creativity into empowered action. Together we will discuss ways to turn disadvantages into advantages, fears into strengths and roadblocks into pathways to success.

The focus of this event will be on emerging educators, but all are welcome to join in on this discussion. Voices of experience welcome. Please contact event coordinators if you wish to participate or have any further questions.

FATE Regional Event {WV and surrounding states}  


We will be looking at 4D foundations approaches (moving beyond 2D and 3D to add time-based activities). Topics of discussion will include approaches to stand-alone 4D foundations courses, approaches to integrating 4D projects into existing foundations courses, and elements/principles for 4D art & design.
When: Friday, February 26, 2016. Noon-5pm
Where: West Virginia Wesleyan College
Cost: Free
Coordinator: Ellen Mueller, 

 The event will start with a panel presentation/discussion including:

  • Sarah G. Sharp, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Approaches to Stand Alone 4D Course Design & Adding 4D Assignments to Traditional Courses
  • Ferris Crane, Robert Morris University, Graphic Design with Time-based Projects and Sequential Thinking
  • Eric Homan, Columbus College of Art and Design, Integrating 4D Objectives into First Year Foundations
  • Jason Robinson, University of Mary Washington, Integrating Time-Based Work into Digital Foundations course for Non-Graphic Designers
  • Joe Reinsel, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Interactive and Sound Art

The panel will be followed by a project exchange/discussion (projects will be submitted beforehand [this is optional] so everyone can walk away with a printed packet of projects).

Pre-registration required: To pre-register, please send an email to  by February 1, 2016. Seating is limited. 

Lunch will be provided courtesy of West Virginia Wesleyan College. (no cost to attendees)

Click HERE for more information.

FATE Regional EVENT {TX}

This event will be held from 2pm Friday, February 19th- 4pm Saturday,February 20th at the WASH {Workshop in Art Studio + History} at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas. For more information and to register please visit [HERE].

FATE Regional FORUM {Northeast: MD, DE, DC, NY, NJ, PA}

Title: Critique Games: Part II
Time/Date: 9am-1pm, Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Location: Hartford Community College in Bel Air, MD. Joppa Hall, room J-53 
Coordinators: Heidi Neff, Hartford Community College 

Back by popular demand, this forum will address the difficulties of critiquing foundations level students. Participants will participate in mock critiques using varied strategies appropriate for those new to critiquing. 

Discussion items will include:

  • How to deal with the over-sharers in the room
  • How to have a positive learning environment without diluting the level of criticism
  • Strategies for quick critiques when more studio time is needed
  • How to assess student learning through the critiquing process

This is a Free Event. Snacks will be provided by please feel free to bring a sack lunch as well.  

Pre-registration is required.  To register, please contact Heidi Neff by email by August 11, 2015Seating is limited. 

If you would like to present a unique method of critiquing or anything else related to the topic of critique, please contact Heidi Neff by July 28, 2015.

FATE Regional EVENT {UT}

Title: Getting to the Heart of Art: Why Foundations Matter

Time/Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah 

Coordinators: Laurie Lisonbee, Southern Utah University

A Utah regional event for art faculty, students, teachers, and artists addressing issues of two-dimensional design and composition, and aspects of foundational art teaching.  In any art discipline, it is crucial to understand the building blocks that support success.  This event is for those who wish to begin or renew their love affair with the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Hosted by Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah.

Panel Discussion: 6:00-7:00 pm in Emma Eccles Jones Education Bldg, Rm 104. Features art faculty of Southern Utah University addressing issues of art foundations pedagogy. 

Hands on Practice: 7:00pm-9:00pm across the hall in Room 105. Art faculty of SUU will conduct a mixed-media workshop in a studio setting. Materials will be provided.

This is a Free Event with limited seating.  

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, send an email to by October 7th.  For other questions contact Event Coordinator Laurie Lisonbee at or (801)362-6547.


project share

FATE/TASA Regional Workshop {TX}

Title: Project Share
Time/Date: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: St. Edward's University, Fine Arts Center, 3001 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Coordinators: Hollis Hammonds, St. Edward’s University & Valerie Powell, Sam Houston State University


Description: In the spirit of sharing, FATE and TASA (Texas Association of Schools of Art) are joining forces to host a FATE/TASA Regional Event at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. Our goal is to offer an open forum where faculty can exchange ideas, projects, lectures and assignments. We invite faculty from all disciplines within the visual arts/design to join us. All participants will bring and share a project/assignment during our "Open Share" session. Please bring enough handouts/materials for 25-30 people, and prepare a 5 minute informal presentation. Participants may also apply to do a featured "Project Share" presentation, which could include a lecture, demonstration, student work samples, or other useful materials. "Project Share" presentations may be 20-30 minutes. The end goal of this swap is to share innovations and expertise with your peers, while gaining new viewpoints and tools to take back to your institutions!

If you would like to be a "Project Share" presenter at this workshop, please submit a brief proposal to Hollis Hammonds at  by March 5, 2014.

Cost: $20 (includes coffee & lunch)

Group size: Limit to 30 

Registration: Sign-up by contacting Hollis Hammonds at  or by telephone at  by midnight on March 21st, 2014.







FATE Regional Conference {KS}

Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
Memorial Union, Black and Gold room

April 4, 2014 10:00am–5:00pm

Conference Fee - $25 (includes light lunch, coffee, tea and lunch), Deadline for registration is March 28. 

Mail conference fee to:
Fort Hays State UniversityDepartment of Art and Design
Attn: FATE
600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601 

KANSAS FATE highlights topics and discussions leader from across Kansas.  But does not limit the event to Kansans.  We hope that individuals from across the Midwest region attend and participate in this creative event.

Panel/Discussion 1 – Creative approaches to foundation curriculum 
Presenters: a. Wichita State University – Robert Bubp      
b. Fort Hays State University - Linda Ganstrom 
Panel/Discussion 2- Teaching professional practice in foundation courses
Presenters: a. University of Kansas - Matt Burke
b. Kansas State University - Nancy Morrow and Erin Wiersma 
Panel/Discussion 3-  Technology in foundation classes
Presenters: a.  Washburn University - Marguerite Perret     
 b. Kansas City Art Institute - Brett Reif


CONTACT: Amy Schmierbach, 785-650-7259 or for more information

 FATE Regional Workshop {TX, LA, MS, OK}

rethink drawing

Every art program involves drawing in some form: The question as an educator is often how to make drawing relevant, exciting and contemporary to our wide range of foundation students.

This involves rethinking, reexamining and perhaps reorganizing how we introduce mark making, storyboarding, observational drawing, imaginative drawing, doodling, architectural drawing and the habit of keeping track of the artistic process in a sketchbook. 

How does your program structure drawing development? Should our approach to teaching drawing become more interdisciplinary, major specific and/or collaborative? Should equal value be placed on the end product of the drawing and the process associated with the work? 

The purpose of this workshop is to highlight innovative approaches to drawing in all forms and begin a conversation about the role drawing plays in foundations curriculum. Presentations and demonstrations by selected guests will begin the discussion. Submissions for presentations on this topic are due by January 10th. In addition, we are inviting all participants to bring a drawing tip, assignment, project handout or resource to share with the group. 

Coordinators: Elaine Pawlowicz & Valerie Powell
Time/Date: 10am-3pm Saturday, January 25, 2014
Location: Sam Houston State University, WASH Building, 2220 Ave. M, Huntsville, TX.
Group Size: 45 people
Call for participation {proposal submission} deadline: January, 10, 2014
Register by emailing Valerie Powell at  before January 22, 2014
Cost: $25 {lunch will be provided}



Saturday, October 5, 2013
Northern Illinois University, School of Art
9:00am – 4:30pm
Event website:

“The Digital Dilemma / Low tech high tech experience”

The struggle between the anticipation of all incoming student’s ability to negotiate the digital Adobe landscape and our student’s overwhelming requirement for making, expressing and thinking will be emphasized in this forum. The shared institutional responsibility to arrive at a consensus of benchmark expectations in regard to what our students need in their creative/skill tool belt is imperative. This “Think Tank” style dialogue will address learning projections, particular to the contemporary student, essential for their success.


  • Who are our students in 2013? How do they learn?
  • What are the essential components of a pertinent CORE program?
  • How is technology incorporated in a first year experience?
  • How do we assess success and increase innovation?

  Registration Cost: 30.00

Register: Sign-up by contacting Cindy Hellyer Heinz by email at  by 10/1/2013

Group size: limited to 50 participants.

Coordinators:                                  Affiliations:              
Cindy Hellyer Heinz                        Northern Illinois University
Chuck Boone                                   College of Dupage
Marlene Lipinski                              Columbia College

FATE Regional Forum {Northeast: MD, DE, DC, NY, NJ, PA}

Coordinator: Heidi Neff
Affiliation: Harford Community College
Time/Date/Place: 9:30 am- 1pm, August 15, 2013

Location: J053,Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland 21015

Title: "Building a Better Artist Myth" 
Focus/Description: This regional forum explores how to use the foundations years to break detrimental myths about being an artist while teaching students healthy habits in order to help ensure their success in the following years. All participants in this small interactive event will prepare reading and answering a few key questions ahead of time. 

Registration Cost:  FREE, but bring your own brown bag lunch

Register: Sign-up by contacting Heidi Neff by phone at (443)846-2944  or by email at by August 5, 2013. 
Group size: limited to 20 participants.

FATE Regional Forum {Northeast: UT}

 Coordinator: Laurie Lisonbee

Affiliation: Southern Utah University
Event Type: Panel Presentation / Discussion
Time/DateThursday, April 4, 2013, 6–8:30pm 
Location: Provo Library, Room 308, 550 N. University, Provo, UT
Presenters: Art Foundations faculty from BYU, UVU and Snow College will demo and deliver their most successful strategies in Drawing, 2D Design & 3D Design. 
Panel Discussion
: The Foundations presenters will be joined by faculty from the art disciplines to address the skill sets they would like to see students acquire in Art Foundations courses. How can Drawing prepare a student to become a Photo major? How can 2D & 3D Design address space and motion for the Digital Media major?
Registration Cost: $0. FREE event with limited seating.
Register: To reserve a seat, email: .

FATE Regional Forum {Southeast: MS} 

Coordinator: Chung-Fan Chang, Jackson State University & Valerie Powell, Sam Houston State University
Affiliation: Jackson State University
Time/Date: 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013
Location: Jackson State University, Johnson Hall Building, Room JH 120, 1400 J. R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS.
Focus/Description: A unique opportunity to share insight and knowledge gained from the FATE Conference, in Savannah, as well as exchange project ideas, grading rubrics and critique strategies. This event is open to everyone; those who attended the conference and need to unpack what they experienced, as well as those who were unable to attend and would like to join in the conversation about foundations education. All participates are encouraged to bring something {practical tips, questions, resources, etc} to share with the group as we unpack ideas, discuss challenges and share solutions.
Registration Cost: This event is free and open to the public.
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2013
Register: Sign-up by contacting Chung-Fan Chang at  or Valerie Powell at .
Group size: Limited to 20 participants.

FATE Regional Forum {Northeast: NY/CAA}

Coordinator: Lori Kent
Affiliation: Hunter College, CUNY
Event Type: Public presentation- (7 minute overviews of lesson ideas from 10 speakers.)
Time/DateThursday, February 14, 2013, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 
Location: Bryant Suite, Hilton, NYC
Focus/Description: The FATE community regularly connects through the sharing of teaching methods, ideas, and studio stories. For CAA 2013, there is a continuation of the tradition of the “project swap/share.” Selected speakers (10) will present brief stories (7 minutes per participant) that reveal lesson concept, implementation, and result in six images. The lessons should be within the spectrum of foundations-level art, design, craft and related teaching. Attendance is open to all (no conference registration or FATE/CAA membership necessary).
Registration Cost: $0. FREE and open to all.
Register: Simply attend! Questions? Contact .

FATE Regional Forum {Southeast: GA, NC, AL, FL}

Coordinator: Gary Pearce
Affiliation: The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
Time/Date: 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2012
Location: The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, One West Court Square, Decatur, Georgia, 30030 (room TBA)
Focus/Description: As an art instructor one of the main ways we teach is with demonstrations. When we are doing demonstrations things don't always go as smoothly as we would like. We all do things differently and learning another way to say or do something could benefit us and our students alike. So bring your favorite demo and share the way you approach the subject which could be any thing from perspective drawing, cutting paper straight, paint mixing, paint application, finding proper proportions, obtaining proper value, or anything else. You will need to bring the materials needed for your demonstration. There will be a computer in the room with CS5 on it if that is youR medium. The cost covers a lite breakfast and lunch.
Registration Cost: $20.
Register: Sign-up by contacting Gary Pearce at
Group size: Limited to 25 participants.

FATE Regional Forum {Northeast: MD, DE, DC, NY, NJ, PA}

Coordinator: Heidi Neff
Affiliation: Harford Community College
Time/Date/Place: 9:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2012
Location: Joppa Hall, Room 53, Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland 21015
Focus/Description: Getting students to talk in foundations critiques can be like pulling-teeth. Meaningful conversation is often elusive, making the critiques something students and teachers dread. This forum will focus on games that can be played to make critiques both more productive and enjoyable for students. 
- 9:30 a.m. —coffee and donuts
- 10:00 a.m. —presentations and mock critiques
- 12:00 p.m. —brown bag lunch and follow-up discussion
Registration Cost:  Free
Register: Sign-up by contacting Heidi Neff by phone at (443) 412-2276 or by email at by May 11, 2012. If you would like to present a critique game of your own, please contact Heidi Neff by Friday, May 4, 2012.
Group size: limited to 20 participants.

FATE Regional Workshop {West Region: CA}

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Coordinator: Carol Elkovich, Lead; Kristen Sidell, Erik Scollon, and Shalini Agrawal—Workshop Coordinators
Affiliation: California College of the Arts
Time/Date: 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2012
Location: California College of the Arts, Oakland Campus, 5212 Broadway, Oakland, California
Title: "BAUHAUS WITH THE BATHWATER: designing foundation studios with contemporary relevance"
Focus/Description: This workshop, hosted and mediated by faculty teaching in the First Year Program CCA, will present historically familiar art school foundation projects in the areas of; drawing; two dimensional studies; three dimensional studies; and time-based studies -- and will challenge the participants to deconstruct and reboot the assignments toward a contemporary interpretation that is more relevant to our students.
Registration Cost: Free. We provide a snack and coffee, please bring a bag lunch.
Register: Sign-up by contacting Carol Elkovich, CCA First Year Program Chair by email Contact by February 24, 2012.
Group size: Limited to 20 participants.

FATE Regional Workshop {Southcentral: TX, LA, OK}

Logo for Spicing it Up regional meeting

Coordinator: Valerie Powell
Affiliation: Sam Houston State University
Time/Date: 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2012
Location: Sam Houston State University, WASH Building of the Art Department, 2220 Ave. M, Huntsville, Texas
Focus/Description: Let's be honest, sometimes critiquing student foundation work can be a disaster! Yet, critiques are a vital component to the studio practice, but can easily become mundane, repetitive moments that lack active participation from the entire class. The question as an educator is often how to make these experiences relevant, useful teaching tools that are both critical and FUN. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight practical techniques and strategies to critiquing artwork that is theme based and idea driven, as well as inclusive. Large group minicritique demonstrations and exercises given by selected guests, as well as small group sessions will provide a useful & practical sharing of critique approaches.
Register: Sign-up by contacting Valerie Powell by email at or by telephone at (936) 294-4451 before January 26, 2012, 11:59PM.
Registration Cost: $25 (enough to cover food, parking and expenses) Group size: Limit to 50

FATE Regional Workshop {West: CA}

Coordinator: Doug Post
Affiliation: Woodbury University
Time/Date: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Friday December 2, 2011
Location: Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California
Focus/Description: This introductory forum is designed to provide an opportunity to meet with other Art/Design Foundation instructors and together identify and discuss the most promising and critical issues facing our programs. While each program is unique, we have common goals, share common content, and a common need to address some of the shifting trends in higher education. Economic challenge being one these significant trends. Delivering a meaningful first year foundational experience is an increasingly complex job. The hope is that by sharing methods and experiences we can learn new strategies and strengthen all of our programs. Lunch is provided
Group size: Limit to 30
Register: Sign-up by contacting Doug Post by November 23, 2011 at;

FATE Regional Forum {Southeast: GA, AL, FL, TN}


Coordinators: Clint Samples, Stephanie Smith, Casey McGuire, Rebecca Reynolds, Eilis Crean and Erin Dixon
Affiliation: University of West Georgia
Time/Date: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Friday, September 23, 2011 and 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2011
Location: University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia
Title: "CONNECTING THE DOTS: creating an innovative foundations program that works"
Focus: Many Foundations programs are segmented into various areas (Beginning Art History, 2D and 3D design, Drawing), yet these classes are all interconnected in many ways. Students see Foundations classes as hoops they have to jump through to get to the classes they really want to take. The challenge is how to communicate to them what we already know—that these classes are crucial in laying the foundation for advanced work, and that advanced work will not succeed without dedication to the foundations of art. Foundations courses are not independent islands, but dots that need to be connected. Our job is to help students connect the dots, quite literally, and to show them the whole picture that emerges once the dots are connected. Encouraging a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching will allow students to “connect the dots” between classes and allow faculty to build synergy between foundation courses. Dialogue begins Friday evening with a keynote address and opening reception and concludes Saturday afternoon. Discussion topics will include “connecting the dots” between studio practice and Art History; collaboration efforts and similarities between 2D, 3D Design and Drawing classes; and basic communication strategies between students and instructors (critique, grading strategies, and retention efforts). Other topics will include “connecting the dots” as art students progress between high school, foundations and upper-level advanced work.
Cost: $35 (Lunch is provided)
Group Size: 100 participants
Registration: Contact Clint Samples (

FATE Regional Forum {Southeast: GA, NC, AL}

Coordinator: Gary Pearce
Affiliation: The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
Time/Date: 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m., Saturday August 6, 2011
Location: The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, One West Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030
Focus: Every studio foundation class involves critiques. Most of the time the students just sit there and let one or two people do the talking. How do we get them involved and excited about speaking up and participating? This forum is for us to share our best practices when it comes to critique. Each participant will provide a work of art or picture of a piece. Then introduce the method of critique that works best for you in your classes..
Cost: $20
Group size: 25
Registration: Contact Gary Pearce at .

FATE Regional Forum {Northeast: PA}

Coordinator: Geoffrey S. Beadle
Affiliation: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Time/Date: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2011
Location: Pogue Student Center, Room 143, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 405 Scotland Road, Edinboro, PA 16444
Focus: The purpose of this forum is to bring together foundations coordinators and faculty who are wrestling with (or have already wrestled with) the challenge of introducing digital technology into the traditional foundations curriculum (and classroom). Issues surrounding how technology can enrich the foundations learning experience, how to teach enough about digital hardware and software to make these tools useful (but not spend an entire semester doing so), how to maintain sufficient focus on essential formal instruction (and hand skill development), and how to convert the old-school technoskeptics will be the focus of the forum. I am looking for presenters who have developed innovative and effective courses, instructional methods, and/or assignments to supplement the discussion.
Cost: $25 (lunch provided)
Group Size: Limited to 30 participants
Registration: Contact ( by March 1, 2011.

FATE Regional Forum {MD, DC, PA, VA}

Coordinator: Heidi Neff
Affiliation: Harford Community College
Time/Date:10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2010 followed by a light lunch.
Location: Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD 21015 (Joppa Hall)
Focus: The primary purpose of this forum is to talk about how cultural, conceptual and historical frameworks can be integrated into any or all foundations courses and the development of critical theory courses in foundations. Heidi Neff will share her experiences from Thinktank5 in Athens, GA and participants will be asked to present an assignment of their own if possible.
Cost: $0
Group size: unlimited
Register: Sign-up by contacting Heidi Neff by August 3, 2010:

FATE Regional Forum {East: NC}

Coordinators: Andi Steele and Pam Toll
Affiliation: University of North Carolina Wilmington, Department of Art and Art History
Time/Date: 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2010
Location: Cultural Arts Building, UNCW, 601 S. College, Rd., Wilmington, North Carolina
: Is creative freedom at the foundations level important? Is the lack of creative freedom why students have a negative view of foundations? How does creativity mesh with the essential knowledge that foundations students need? How does project structure (preparatory work, multiple deadlines, equipment/material instruction) affect the creative output? Can parameters actually increase creativity? These are some of the questions we seek to discuss at this forum. We are looking for people to give short 5-10 minute presentations to get the conversation started. Cost: $20.00 (coffee and snacks provided )
Group Size: 25
Registration: For more details, please contact Andi Steele at on or before March 1, 2010.

FATE Regional Forum {Southeast: ALL}

Coordinators: Chris Kienke and Jesse Payne
Affiliation: Savannah College of Art and Design Time/Date: 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., May 1, 2010
Location: River Club, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
Focus: Foundation programs face many challenges –who is the audience, what are the academic needs, and even what is the purpose of the foundation program. The School of Foundation Studies at SCAD recently went through a revision of our program and we would like to continue the dialogue about what constitutes the ideal foundation program. The curriculum- what do students in the 21st century need to know, what is the best sequence, and why are all questions up for discussion. What’s the ideal, what type of program fits for your institution – the day is about inspiring change that works.
Cost: $35. Lunch is provided
Group size: 200
Registration: Contact Chris Kienke at or Jesse Payne at before April 9, 2010.

FATE Regional Forum {East: NC}

Coordinator: Lisa Stinson
Affiliation: Appalachian State University, Art Department
Time/Date: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., April 9, 2010
Location: Plemmons Student Union-137AB Calloway Peak / Macrae Peak, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.
Focus: Foundation programs face many challenges in the 21st century. Appalachian State University core curriculum recently went through major revisions in order address these concerns and to encourage collaboration across disciplines. This conference will continue the dialogue and highlight collaborative efforts in the arts and in the classroom. Creative faculty/solutions to this challenge will be encouraged to consider developing a session at our national conference in St. Louis in 2011.
Cost: $20. Coffee and snacks provided
Group Size: 200Registration: Deadline on or before April 1, 2010
Questions: Contact at

FATE Regional Forum {Northeast–IL, WI}

Coordinators: Mary Beth Koos, Elgin Community College and Cindy Hellyer Heinz, Northern Illinois University
Time/Date: 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m., February 27, 2010
Location: Art building, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois
: Assessment to achievement, keeping an eye to future student success is the center piece of this forum. The emphases on traditional studio practices, the development of a visual voice and the ability to problem solve are the components which accommodate the diverse experiences our students bring to their art education. Our mission is to prepare our students with the tools, methods and critical thinking necessary to meet their future aspirations. Who are our students and how do we adapt their methods of learning to tackle intentions in the visual arts? What constitutes a Foundations Program that can help the first year student make a positive transition from high school or community college into the university system? How do we address the link between promoting the highest achievement student work and encouraging creative exploration? Cost: $20. Lunch is provided
Group size: Limited to 40.
Register: Sign-up by contacting Cindy Hellyer Heinz by January 10, 2010 at

FATE Regional Forum {Southeast: AL, GA, FL}

Coordinator: Pamela Allen
Affiliation: Troy University
Time/Date: 5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m., Friday, April 16 and 9:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 2010
Location: Troy University, Troy, Alabama and "The Studio" in downtown Troy, part of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Complex
Topic: "PROJECT SHARE. Exchanging projects and ideas that have successful in teaching art foundation courses"
Focus: This two-day event starts Friday downtown Troy at "The Studio" with a Southern soirée featuring Mediterranean Cuisine. Mary Stewart will highlight the evening with the keynote address, “Leading Change.” Project Share continues Saturday at Troy University’s Trojan Center where participants will break into groups to discuss their success stories, projects and ideas in teaching foundation courses. The morning sessions will focus on courses in drawing, two-dimensional design and color. Following a box lunch on the patio, the afternoon sessions will target courses in visual art, art history surveys, and three- and four- dimensional design. The event will conclude with a reception for Scott Betz who will be exhibiting in the Malone Gallery.
Cost: $35 includes meals
Group Size: Limited to 50
Register: Sign-up by contacting Pamela Allen by April 1, 2010 at (334) 670-3808 or

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