THORNWOOD, N.Y. – For Westlake High School art teacher Carolyn Frawley, a trip to Milan in early October is much more than a vacation. It’s an opportunity to bring back valuable lessons to give to her students.
“Thornwood is such a small blip on the map and this really is a great opportunity to bring something new to our curriculum,” Frawley said. “And it’s important to bring as much to the classroom as you can.”
Frawley was one of 14 art teachers selected from around the world to attend the International Art and Design Education Forum in Milan from Oct. 6-10 at the Nuova Accademia di Bella Arti, a university for higher learning in the arts. Frawley will be given the fully-expensed paid trip after an application process and will have the opportunity to learn from and discuss with teachers from around the globe. It will be Frawley’s first trip to Italy.
Frawley learned about the opportunity from Westlake Guidance Counselor Nick DiPaolo and was surprised to learn she was selected along with educators from South Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom and other countries.
“I was actually in awe; it was really surprising,” Frawley said. “It goes to show that if you put your name out there, there are opportunities.”
After she returns, Frawley said she is hoping to invite some of the fellow educators at the forum to join her classroom via Skype in order to give the students a first-hand lesson in international culture.
In addition to acting as a sponge at the forum, Frawley will be required to make a 10-minute presentation on a topic related to her curriculum at Westlake. The studio art, craft and design, and fashion illustration teacher is looking to make a lasting impression on her international colleagues.
“I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to present,” Frawley said. “But I’m working on it and I want it to be something big.”