Service dogs take on new role as artists’ models in weekend workshop at SMU’s Meadows Museum, Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Service dogs take on new role as artists’ models in weekend workshop at SMU’s Meadows Museum, Saturday, June 21, 2014

John Bramblitt's painting Little Echo depicts his service dog as a puppy.  Bramblitt, who is blind, will teach his adaptive art techniques in a public workshop at SMU's Meadows Museum Saturday, June 21, 2014.

John Bramblitt’s painting Little Echo depicts his service dog as a puppy. Bramblitt, who is blind, will teach his adaptive art techniques in a public workshop at SMU’s Meadows Museum Saturday, June 21, 2014.

When Denton artist John Bramblitt paints a portrait of his service dog, Echo, he uses red, blue and yellow paint to highlight the image of the black Labrador retriever. To Bramblitt, who is blind, color in his paintings represents emotion, and he is quick to say that Echo is his best friend.

Bramblitt lost his sight as a college student due to complications from epilepsy. Now he is an internationally recognized artist and expert on adaptive art techniques for those with disabilities. He will share his process for painting by touch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the galleries and studio of SMU’s Meadows Museum.

Learn more about John Bramblitt and his art

John Bramblitt with son Jack and service dog Echo

John Bramblitt walks home with son Jack and service dog Echo after Jack’s first day of kindergarten. The internationally acclaimed artist and volunteer leader will teach his award-winning adaptive art workshop at SMU.

The $25 workshop fee ($10 for Meadows Museum members) covers all materials. Advance registration is required; all abilities and levels of experience are welcome.

With service dogs from Guide Dogs of Texas as models, and museum paintings as inspiration, participants will paint their own dog art. The workshop is designed to teach adaptive art techniques to those with disabilities and those without.

At the Meadows, Bramblitt is a consultant to museum educators, helping them develop programs that make the museum accessible to everyone, no matter what their disability or ability.

The 43-year-old also shares the healing power of art in his workshops, which have received three national President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

Written by Nancy George

> Visit SMU’s Meadows Museum online at smu.edu/meadowsmuseum

June 18, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU observes Engaged Learning Week 2013 Jan. 23-25

Engaged Learning T-Shirt

SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning hosts Engaged Learning Week 2013 Jan. 23-25 – a series of events to help students learn more about how they can expand their education outside the classroom, from undergraduate research to community service.

Carl Dorvil (’05, ’08), CEO of Group Excellence, will help kick off the week with an opening speech at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Dorvil started Group Excellence in 2004 out of his SMU dorm room, hiring bright and highly motivated college students and young professionals to tutor and mentor students in public schools. Today, the company is a 500-person operation.

Immediately following Dorvil’s speech is a kickoff rally at 5 p.m. at the flagpole on the Main Quad. Refreshments and T-shirts will be provided as students are invited to share their ideas for making their mark with an Engaged Learning project.

Another highlight of the week will be students’ presentations of their 2012-13 Engaged Learning projects, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The participants will share their work in the areas of research, service, internships and creative activities.

On Friday, Jan. 25, SMU faculty and staff members will present workshops and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from how to write a successful Engaged Learning proposal to best mentoring practices for professors. All workshops take place in the lower level of Clements Hall.

> Find a full schedule at the SMU Engaged Learning Week homepage
Read the full list of Engaged Learning students and presentations

January 23, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Renowned couples therapists to conduct workshop at SMU

Drs. Julie Schwartz Gottman and John Gottman, founders of the Relationship Research InstituteWorld-renowned researchers Drs. John and Julie Gottman will share their expertise on successful couple relationships in “Bridging the Couple Chasm” – a workshop presented by the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in the Great Room, Building 3, at SMU-in-Plano, 5228 Tennyson Boulevard.

John and Julie Schwartz Gottman are Ph.D. psychologists and founders of The Gottman Relationship Institute in Seattle, Washington. Based on their long-term observation and research into how and why marriages fail, they developed Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which combines therapeutic intervention with scientifically developed exercises. The Gottman Method is designed to help couples bond with each other, develop effective communication skills and create positive and permanent changes in their relationship.

John Gottman is author of The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy (Norton Professional Books, 1999), and Julie Schwartz Gottman is editor of The Marriage Clinic Casebook (W.W. Norton, 2004). The Gottmans have co-written And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives (Crown Publishing, 2007) and Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage (Three Rivers Press, 2006).

Registration is $450 per attendee. The workshop is open to the public as well as to mental health and human service professionals and students. Licensed professionals are eligible to receive 16 Continuing Education (CE) credits for attending. Box lunches will be provided on both days.

Registration for the Gottmans’ workshop is available online. For more information, contact Lecturer in Counseling Maggie Keeling, 972-473-2458.

February 2, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|
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