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SUNY Potsdam Welcomes Art Teachers from Across Region

March 13, 2024
SUNY Potsdam Hosts North Country Art Teachers Association for Skill-Based Workshops & Professional Development 

SUNY Potsdam hosted current and future art educators for the North Country Art Teachers Association Staff Day on March 15. The event included skill-based workshops, including one in digital drawing led by Kathleen Mahoney (pictured working with a student prior to the event).

SUNY Potsdam recently welcomed visiting art teachers and student teachers working in the field of art education during the North Country Art Teachers Association (NCATA) Staff Day on Friday, March 15. 

The event was open to all art educators in the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES region. The campus hosted roundtable discussions, skill-based workshops and professional development activities in partnership with the NCATA, the College’s Department of Art and the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. 

Discussions focused on current practice in art education, ways that the curriculum can be vertically aligned for curriculum development and an exploration of the NCATA Scholars partnership with SLC Arts.  

Skill-based workshops in digital drawing, printmaking, photography, drawing and graphic design rounded out the day, along with a tour of the Gibson Gallery. The workshops were all designed to emphasize the four tenets of the new state arts standards—create, connect, respond and present—which promote rigorous, higher-order thinking in the classroom. 

Photos by Ayisha Khalid '24

SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Art offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in art history, art education, studio art, fine arts, and graphic design and new media. Graduates have gone on to pursue professions in the fine arts, art administration, art therapy, digital design, K-12 and university teaching, museum curation, audio/visual administration, publishing, gallery ownership, interior design, architecture, commercial printing, pattern making, photojournalism, studio ceramics and more. For more information, visit 

About SUNY Potsdam:  

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit 

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