Castro, Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos Castro, Assistant Professor
PhD, The University of British Columbia

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Tel.: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4787

Office: S-EV2.625

"Art teaching and art making are closely related.  As a teacher, the enactment of your curriculum is a form of art; you create a space where people gather to step outside the norms of behaviour that they're conditioned into. And isn't that what good art does when you walk into a museum?  It gives you an opportunity for your framing of the world to be reshaped...

Art Education is going to require art educators who understand the challenges of teaching and learning  in a culture that is redefining our assumptions of what knowledge is.  Knowledge is no longer just something that you pass on to a student, because they now have a device that can fit in their pocket which has access to a huge amount of information anytime and anywhere they want.

New technologies - the internet, social media - are reshaping participation and learning.  Teaching no longer resides just in the teacher, but also in the opportunities that teachers set up for teaching to happen:  teaching through media, peer teaching...So teaching and learning is less about transmitting information, and more about creating a space for new ways of knowing. Art educators need to understand how to leverage all of those dynamics in the classroom."


Juan Carlos Castro is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal. His research focuses on the dynamics and qualities of knowing, learning and teaching art through new and social media as understood through complexity thinking and network theory. His current research examines how mobile media coupled with creative production networks knowledge in urban environments to create educational and civic engagement with teens and young adults.

Prior to joining the faculty at Concordia University, Juan has taught at the University of Illinois, University of British Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Burren College of Art. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and taught at Towson High School in Maryland from 2000-2006. As a high school teacher, Castro's teaching and curriculum was awarded a Coca-Cola Foundation Distinguished Teacher in the Arts from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and twice awarded with a U.S. Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award.

Selected Recent Publications

Castro, J.C. (2012). Learning and teaching art through social media. Studies in Art Education. 52(2), 153-170.

Grauer, K., Castro, J.C., & Lin, C. (2012). Encounters with difference: Community-based new media programs and practices. Studies in Art Education. 52(2), 139-152.

Castro, J.C. (2011). Shaping a new social: Harrell Fletcher and The Problem of Possible Redemption. in T. Quinn, J. Ploof & L. Hochtritt (Eds.), Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (pp. 101-103). Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.

Lin, C-C., Grauer, K. & Castro, J. C. (2011). "There is nothing else to do but make films:" Urban youth participation at a film and television school. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(SI 1.8).

Castro, J.C, Delacruz, E., Danker, S., Fuglestad, T., Roland, C. & Stokrocki, M. (2011). DIY Professional Development: Screenshots of Art Educators' Creation and Utilization of Online Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) as a 21st Century Form of Self-Initiated, Non-Hierarchical, Individually-Designed Participation in Communities of Practice. Canadian Art Teacher. 9 (2), 24-37.

Lin, C.C., Castro, J.C., Sinner, A. & Grauer, K. (2011). Toward a Dialogue between New Media Arts Programs in and out of Schools. Canadian Art Teacher. 9 (2), 38-53.

Castro, A. P., & Castro, J. C. (2011). Making meaning with holiday crafts. In K. Grauer, R. Irwin & M. Emme (Eds.), stARTing with... (3rd ed., pp. 134-141). Thunder Bay, Ontario: Canadian Society for Education through Art.

Castro, J.C. (2010). Attending to the dynamics of decentralized digital networks. The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. 7(2), 22-24.

Darts, D., Castro, J. C., Sinner, A., & Grauer, K. (2010). New media arts education: How community-based programs can reshape teaching and learning in the age of web 2.0. In R. Sweeny (Ed.), Inter/Actions/Inter/Sections: Art Education in a Digital Visual Culture (pp. 80-89). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association

Castro, J.C. & Grauer, K. (2010). Structuring democratic places of learning: The Gulf Island Film and Television School. Art Education. 63 (5), 14-21.

Castro, J.C. (2009). Even out the playing field: Teaching and learning art through social media. Canadian Art Teacher. 8 (1), 35-41.

Castro, J.C. (2007). Enabling artistic inquiry. Canadian Art Teacher. 6 (1), 6-16.

Selected Thesis Supervision


Cann, Stacey E. (2012) The Identity of the Curator and Educator: A phenomenological analysis of the curation of Postcards From Home. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

Lalonde, Martin (2013) Éducation artistique et technologie de la mobilité : des moyens d'engagement civique et académique pour les jeunes à risque. Masters thesis, Concordia University.


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