Ph.D. Candidate in Art Education
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Ilayda Altuntas is a Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the School of Arts, Art Education at Pennsylvania State University. Drawing from the developing sensory studies field, her scholarly interests focus on the presence of sound and sound curriculum in the art education field and its visual expressions; sonic hearing and feeling; sound visualizations and contemporary sound art-based practices with youth and children. She holds a double-major B.F.A. in Plastic Arts (Painting, Sculpture & Ceramic) and Textile Design from Yeditepe University, Istanbul. She received her M.S.Ed. in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; wrote her master's thesis on the experiences of art facilitators in NYC's detention centers with a focus on the work of NYC Drama Club-- a non-profit organization that brings improvisational theater and performative experiences to NYC's incarcerated youth. Prior to her time in higher education, Altuntas completed her teaching practicum and K-12 teacher licensure requirements in New York State including edTPA; taught for three years in New York City public schools-- New Design Middle & High Schools (LES and Harlem), Urban Science Academy (South Bronx) and High School of Art and Design (Manhattan); and taught Sculpture & Installation; Drawing, Painting & Printmaking; Stop Motion & Animation courses for four years in Pratt Institute's Saturday Art School. While teaching in the Bronx, one of the units plan she designed for middle schoolers was selected from approximately 1,200 entries and one of the students' work was included in "P.S. Art 2016" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; two of another unit plans she designed for freshman students in Art History class were again selected to be included in "Manhattan Borough's Art Festival", and two samples of student work were exhibited at MoMA in April 2017.