Art Express



St. Mary School

Visual Arts Camp

Community Outreach

Our Mission: To teach art to all

We consider our community and global engagement as inherent to our work as cultural ambassadors, art educators, and visual culture scholars. Therefore, we build long-lasting relationships with local organizations to share our love of teaching and art making with the others through classes, workshop events, and summer camps.

Additionally, our faculty, alumni, and students continue to have an active presence at local, national, and international conferences as we improve our practices, expand research in the field, and shape contemporary art education worldwide.

Jack Arends Building
330 Gilbert Drive, Room 210
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Northern Illinois University Art + Design Education

Art + Design Education at Northern Illinois University is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world. Its research-focused faculty explores curriculum and learning outcomes related to visual culture, contemporary technology, assessment, indigenous studies, critical pedagogy, e-portfolio development, media studies and international educational teaching and research. Instruction focuses on meeting the myriad challenges of today's schools including student engagement with critical thinking, self-directed learning, Common Core, visual literacy, and STEAM.

NIU Art + Design Education students are committed to excelling as practitioners, scholars, and creative risk takers who build on their own strengths as they develop skills to advocate for art as essential to learning across diverse settings. Together, faculty and students work to improve educational practice, in both schools and communities, to produce visually literate children and adults.

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