Community-based Art Education across the Lifespan


This workshop for K-16 educators uses the community-based art education (CBAE) framework developed by the presenter to connect educational institutions with their local communities and build sustainable partnerships through arts-based intergenerational and transformative learning. 5 min—introduction to community-based art education, and how it can be used to develop sustainable asset-focused relationships between institutions and communities around ideas that matter. Participants will be introduced to the C.A.L.L. concept and E.R.E.C.T framework for using art to foster intergenerational and transformative learning. 2 min—Participants create an 8 page booklet. 10 min—Big idea collaborative brainstorming on the term "belonging" (demonstrates the relevancy of big ideas in designing curriculum for all ages). Facilitator writes down all responses on a large sheet of paper or board. Participants review all the ideas connected to "belonging" and create several like word groupings (no more than 5). 3 min—participants select one of the word groupings to work with. The whole group divides into smaller collaborative groups based on the word groupings selected. Facilitator asks participants to write down the words in their booklets. Facilitator explains the envisioning process—turning ideas into visual forms. Participants make preliminary sketches in their booklets for the words selected. 15 min—participants work in their small groups creating a unified visual illustrating their ideas about ‘belonging’ on a larger sheet of paper. 10—small groups report on their process. Discussion about the learning process and how this method can be used to connect various communities around shared goals.


Lifelong Learning, Community-based Art Education


Adult, Community, and Professional Learning


Workshop Presentation


  • Dr. Pamela Lawton
    • Associate Professor, Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States Virginia, United States
    • Lawton, a fifth generation educator and practicing artist is associate professor of art education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds an EdD in the College Teaching of Art, Teachers College, Columbia University, an MFA in Printmaking, Howard University and a BA in Studio Art/Sociology, University of Virginia. Her artistic and scholarly research revolves around visual narrative and intergenerational arts learning in community settings. In addition to publishing a monograph on her dissertation research, Artstories: Narrative Construction in Intergenerational and Transformative Learning (2008) she and her co-presenters are authoring a book, On Common Ground: Community-based art education across the lifespan through Teachers College Press. Lawton has published several book chapters and journal articles. Her artworks are in several collections including: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Teachers College, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Morgan State University, Georgetown University, the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center and the Washington, D.C. Superior Court.