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On-site Educator PD: The Object of the Story with Dr. Paul Bolin

Bellows/Cassatt Rooms
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Learn how to transform everyday objects into meaningful reflection!

Objects and stories are woven together in every aspect of our lives. If we can learn to pause, recognize, and reflect on the many objects and stories that surround us, we can discover abundant opportunities for our students and ourselves to explore the world and consider our place within it.

In this on-site, Saturday workshop led by Dr. Paul Bolin, we’ll use encounters with artworks and a variety of responsive poetic and narrative writing activities to investigate how objects of any kind can become sources for meaningful written reflection and story generation. Perfect for educators, writers, and anyone wanting to engage the world around them more closely, this is not a workshop to miss.


Free, tickets required. Register online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 to reserve your spot today.
2.5 hours of educator PD credit available.


Contemporary Art Gallery at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

About the Facilitator

Paul Bolin

​​Dr. Paul Bolin received his master’s degree in Art Education (1980) and Ph.D. in Art Education (1986) from the University of Oregon. Bolin taught at the University of Oregon between 1986 and 1992 before moving to The Pennsylvania State University, where he was a member of the School of Visual Arts faculty from 1992 to 2001. In fall 2001, Bolin began teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Graduate Advisor and Head of the Art Education Program before retiring from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018.

Bolin has edited, co-edited, and co-authored seven books including his most recent volume: Steppingstones: Pivotal Moments in Art Education History, co-authored with Ami Kantawala and Mary Ann Stankiewicz (published by Teachers College Press, July 2021).

Bolin has published numerous book chapters and articles, and presented his research at various conferences and research meetings throughout North America. In both 1997 and 2007, Bolin received the Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for published research by the National Art Education Association. In 2001 he was awarded Outstanding Art Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association, and in 2009 he received recognition as the Texas Higher Education Art Educator of the Year. Also in 2009, Bolin was elected as a member of the Distinguished Fellows of the National Art Education Association and in 2016 was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the Texas Art Education Association.


Sponsored by Neff and Scarlet Basore | Avis and Bill Bailey

Headshot of Dr. Paul Bolin, smiling and seated in a wooden chair