Reaching Everyone

Research, Speaking Engagement

Reaching Everyone: Using Printmaking to Teach Metacognition to Low-Performing Students

Location: University of California Berkeley

Date/Time: Friday, March 28, 3:00 – 4:00pm
Presenter: Sharon E. (Libby) Clarke

At the 42nd SGC International conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism took place March 26-29, 2014.

Abstract: As we educators wrestle with the shifting significance of print in our classrooms, we risk losing equipment, space, and funding for techniques and programs that may be deemed no longer relevant. This study works to prove that printmaking is instrumental in bridging the gap between the haptic and the conceptual for poorly performing art and design students. It strives to demonstrate that printmaking lessons are ideal for teaching the bedrock metacognitive skills students lack when they enter our classrooms. These observations are posited to help cement printmaking’s continued place in our institutions and our curricula. This paper discusses the application of current educational theories through targeted printmaking lessons to help poorly performing students improve markedly in a college setting.

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Libby Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professionally, Libby has worked as an interaction art director for over 15 years for such companies as and She was an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as the Director of the Studio School of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. She gives workshops and lectures across the United States on the intersection of art, activism, and technology, and her pieces are exhibited and collected internationally.