Cross-Cultural Learning Exchange Takes Art Ed Students, Faculty to Ghana

A primary student creates artwork at the Children's Village

A primary student creates artwork at the Children's Village

Grad student Lauren Fields shares story time with primary students at the Children's Village

Grad student Lauren Fields shares story time with primary students at the Children's Village

Grad student Kate Bisono teaches a painting project at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Kate Bisono teaches a painting project at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Dr. Teresa Unseld and children at the Children's Village

Dr. Teresa Unseld and children at the Children's Village

Primary students at In My Father's House Children Village make paper bag puppets

Primary students at In My Father's House Children Village make paper bag puppets

Street scene in Abor

Street scene in Abor

Grad student Lauren Chaika with primary students at the Children's Village

Grad student Lauren Chaika with primary students at the Children's Village

Primary students at the Children's Village show off their masterpieces

Primary students at the Children's Village show off their masterpieces

Grad student Lauren Chaika teaching a lesson on numbers to the special needs students at St. Teresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Lauren Chaika teaching a lesson on numbers to the special needs students at St. Teresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Lauren Fields with students at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Lauren Fields with students at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Children in a classroom at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Children in a classroom at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Elmina Port

Elmina Port

A potter from Vume, Ghana, shows grad student Lauren Fields how to throw a pot

A potter from Vume, Ghana, shows grad student Lauren Fields how to throw a pot

A primary student shows off his paper bag puppet

A primary student shows off his paper bag puppet

Dr. Teresa Unseld with a resident of the Children's Village

Dr. Teresa Unseld with a resident of the Children's Village

Grad students Lauren Fields, Kate Bisono and Lauren Chaika surrounded by children at the Children's Village

Grad students Lauren Fields, Kate Bisono and Lauren Chaika surrounded by children at the Children's Village

Kate Bisono, Father Kelechi, Dr. Unseld, Lauren Chaika, Mamarita, a volunteer from Italy, Lauren Fields and Hiroka, a physical therapist from Japan

Kate Bisono, Father Kelechi, Dr. Unseld, Lauren Chaika, Mamarita, a volunteer from Italy, Lauren Fields and Hiroka, a physical therapist from Japan

Grad students Lauren Chaika and Kate Bisono on the canopy walk at an animal reservation near Elmina

Grad students Lauren Chaika and Kate Bisono on the canopy walk at an animal reservation near Elmina

Abor landscape

Abor landscape

Grad student Lauren Chaika hanging up student work at St. Teresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Lauren Chaika hanging up student work at St. Teresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Kate Bisono in weaving class at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Kate Bisono in weaving class at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Lauren Fields with a new friend at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Grad student Lauren Fields with a new friend at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped

Students at the Children's Village with fan

Students at the Children's Village with fan

Primary children reading in the Children's Village Library; reorganization of library interior and books led by students and Dr. Unseld

Primary children reading in the Children's Village Library; reorganization of library interior and books led by students and Dr. Unseld

Grad students Kate Bisono and Lauren Fields at Keta beach

Grad students Kate Bisono and Lauren Fields at Keta beach

Lauren Chaika, Dr. Teresa Unseld, Kate Bisono and Lauren Fields at Elmina slave castle

Lauren Chaika, Dr. Teresa Unseld, Kate Bisono and Lauren Fields at Elmina slave castle

Village children perform a farewell dance for Dr. Unseld and the UArts grad students

Village children perform a farewell dance for Dr. Unseld and the UArts grad students

Updated July 1, 2013

Dr. Teresa Unseld, associate professor of Art & Design Education, and graduate students Lauren Chaika BFA '10 (Illustration), MAT '14 (Visual Arts); Lauren Fields MAT '14 (Visual Arts); and Kate Bisono BFA '11 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts), MAT '14 (Visual Arts) are spending the month of June in Abor, Ghana, as part of Dr. Unseld's Ghana Independent Study course.

The course provides service-learning experiences that develop knowledge and skills relative to planning, implementing and evaluating art programs and curricula for children to include individuals with special needs in an international setting. This experiential education allows students to engage in activities that respond to international community needs along with opportunities designed to promote student learning and development.

The team is in West Africa working with orphans at In My Father's House, disabled children at St. Theresa Centre for the Handicapped and students in Abor High School's art department. Dr. Unseld and the three grad students are observing in-classroom instruction, participating in activities, providing assistance to teachers, and exchanging skills, knowledge and cross-cultural experiences.

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