Integrating Digital Media and Graphic Design into Traditional High School Art
Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 9–4p

Participants in this year’s Swanson Summit for Art Educators will explore curriculum, instruction and assessment for three high school projects that all involve introductions to art software, basic digital techniques, fundamentals of graphic design, plus hands-on, analog activities. The first is the Sticker Project, which introduces Photoshop and principles of design while considering shape and scale. The second is an Infographic Project created with Adobe Illustrator and emphasizes collaboration and visual communication targeting specific audiences. In the last “Pop” Art Project, participants explore packaging design, specifically labels for soda bottles, wherein marketing strategies and visual cues are explored through designs generated using Photoshop and/or Illustrator.

Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department, George Mosse Humanities Building, Room 6421 PC Lab, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706

Registration details:

Instructor: Josh Newland is an educator, sculptor, and illustrator. He received his BS degree in Art Education from UW-Madison in 2008, spending his time teaching during the school years since, and producing during his summers as a freelance artist. His work has been featured on album covers, Youtube, the indelible Netflix series Video Game High, and on a hell of a lot of lesson plans.

Optional College Credit:  If you are interested in earning one college credit for your work in the Summit (additional cost of $470), see here for application and enrollment details.

Overnight accommodations, if needed:

  • Private hotel room at the Lowell Center ($115 standard, $124 deluxe)

    • Reserve by May 23 using group code LOYSWAN: 

    • Call 866-301-1753 or 608-256-2621 or email

  • Single bed in Jorns or Humphrey Hall on the shores of Lake Mendota ($35 per night per single room, shared bathroom)

    • Click here for more details about the building.
    • To make a personal reservation, complete an individual reservation request. Please note in your reservation comment that you are attending the Summit for Art Educators.

Questions? Contact Dr. Mary Hoefferle at

About the Loy-Swanson Summit: One of the Art Department’s generous alumni, Jean Swanson, had a vision to connect veteran k-12 art teachers, who maintain a rich artistic practice of their own, with our art education undergraduates and other k-12 art colleagues in the state. In this annual Summit for Art Educators, veteran k-12 artist-teachers open up their teaching practice, explain their curriculum decisions, model assessment and instructional methods, and discuss how they arrived at these approaches to teaching and learning in the visual arts—all in a project-based, collegial, workshop-style, three day experience.