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Jim O'Donnell

Adjunct Instructor

I’m an artist, art teacher, and art teacher-teacher. I’ve taught middle, elementary, and college studio art; and coordinated an Art Education undergraduate program for four years while also being its sole instructor, supervisor, and committee chair. Since then, I’ve taught classes at AOEU, Ohio State University, Georgia State University, and HighnPoint University on topics such as teaching art online, technology integration, class management, curriculum design, arts integration for early-childhood educators, drawing, art appreciation, and explorations of social justice through visual culture. I designed and taught Teaching K–12 Art Online, a course created to support art teachers in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. I created KillYourColorWheels.com, a blog where I self-publish on art education topics, emphasizing meaning-making, creativity, social justice, ungrading, and, of course, art. Most of my artistic output deals primarily with family secrets, trauma, and healing through video, performance, installation, and drawing. Fun Fact: I auditioned for the first season of Bravo’s Art Star reality-television show. After a 13 hour wait in line over two days, I only broke through to the second round of auditions; but the true prize was the friends I made along the way. In retrospect, I’m glad I wasn’t a reality tv star.

Professional Accomplishments:

Currently a PhD candidate at Ohio State, researching undergrads’ relationship with manipulative and misleading media using a mixed-methods, art-based approach.

Ohio State University’s College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence | 2019

Georgia Higher Education Art Educator of the Year | 2016

Ohio K–12 Art

MFA from Georgia State University in Drawing, Painting & Printmaking | 2014


BA in Art Education from the University of Florida | 2004

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