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“…some of your best teaching flows spontaneously from your deepest intuition. At its core, teaching is the artistry of creating experiences that lead people into greater awareness. It’s an artistry of knowing the moods, needs, and expectations of your student while staying fully aware of your own.”
The Compassionate Classroom
Jane E. Dalton is an Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. in Expressive Arts in Education, and an M.F.A in Textile Design and Weaving. Jane is also a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE). Her teaching includes professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, preparing pre-service K-12 Art Education teachers, as well as expressive arts workshops.
Creativity is at the heart of Jane’s work. As an educator, writer and researcher her interests include mindfulness, contemplative pedagogy and practice, and transformative learning using the arts. Through the arts, her aim is to support individuals to become richer, more whole, perhaps more compassionate because of greater self-awareness and a deeper understanding of their place in the world. Jane’s teaching and personal practice combine a variety of contemplative techniques within an expressive arts framework to connect with the inborn desire to create. Using a creative process, such as visual art, poetry, creative movement or music, combined with the contemplative becomes a tool to initiate emotional growth, healing and change. Jane’s approach provides a transformative experience.
Jane has participated in meditation, yoga, and contemplative practices for 30 years. A textile artist, her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and can be found in private and corporate collections. She also maintains an on-going expressive arts practice.