Renee Sandell

Renee Sandell grew up in New York City where she attended the High School of Music and Art and the City College of New York.. Sandell holds a MA and PhD in Art Education from The Ohio State University.

Renee Sandell’s Visual Fitness 4 All®is the result of her over 45 years of art teaching experience in classrooms and museums and includes creating art and presenting at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. Renee is founding director of the expeditionary, museum-based SummerVision DC Program, which she designed and has delivered for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for a decade since 2010. Previously Founder/Director/Professor of Graduate Art Education at George Mason University (2004-2014) and Professor of Art Education at Maryland Institute College of Art (1990-2003), in 1980, Sandell was a Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-author of two books on gender issues and a new book Real Lives 21 about contemporary art educators,  Sandell has published numerous articles, book chapters and art curricula.

Winner of the 2019 Lowenfeld Award, Sandell was recognized as 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer in Art Education at Miami University and 2013 NAEA National Art Educator, Renee has received numerous awards for her leadership and scholarship on her Form+Theme+Context (FTC)®  and her Marking & Mapping®, an accessible form of visual meaning-making.  Sandell’s Visual Fitness 4 All® for Engaging Creativity and Insight® workshops are designed to nurture envisioning skills for individuals within professional development programs, organizations, health spas, businesses, and other venues.  She teaches for Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts.

Renee’s artistic installations of ink and water-media markings explore the human condition in time, space, and place.  Her Silk Meditations and recent work entitled Virtue Maps reveal positive energies contained in human virtues, reflecting sensory states of consciousness through spiritual expression. Immersed in universal gratitude, these works become meditative mindscapes of visual affirmations needed in our turbulent times.

Current and Upcoming Classes

FALL CLASSES

Virtual Creating with Light: Drawing on Our Virtues $160
Renee Sandell
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
12/1/2022-12/22/2022

Virtual Visual Fitness: Intensive Creativity Workout Workshop $90
Renee Sandell
Sa, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
11/5/2022-11/5/2022

WINTER CLASSES

Virtual Visual Fitness Workouts for Seeing More $160
Renee Sandell
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/18/2023-2/8/2023

Virtual Visual Fitness Workouts for Seeing More $160
Renee Sandell
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
2/22/2023-3/15/2023

Virtual Visual Fitness: Intensive Creativity Workout Workshop $90
Renee Sandell
Sa, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/21/2023-1/21/2023

Virtual Visual Fitness: Intensive Creativity Workout Workshop $90
Renee Sandell
Sa, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
2/25/2023-2/25/2023

renee.sandell@gmail.com