JumpstART 3D Advanced Summer Studio

JumpstART 3D Advanced Summer Studio

Ages 13-18


This intensive is designed to guide students toward college preparation, but is open to all high school students regardless of college intentions. Taking place in the Mason School of Art’s studio classroom, 3D course projects will focus on construction and material manipulation including altered books, paper mache construction and clay. The week includes a visit to the University special collections and culminates with a set of works that can be included in a portfolio.

Ages: 13-18

Dates: July 17 – 21, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Tuition: $454

Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building

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Program Faculty

Susan Silva Art Teacher

Susan Silva, Instructor
Art Resource Teacher
Fairfax County Public Schools
Mason School of Art Faculty

With a career spanning over two decades teaching art in public schools, Susan Silva has taught as far west as Nevada and most recently at Oakton High School in Vienna, VA where she was the Art Department Chair and taught photography classes. She is currently a Fine Arts Resource teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools where she thoroughly enjoys working with the art teachers in this culture rich district.

Mentoring and collaborating with teachers continuously reminds her of how important community is to education. In turn, she has savored her experiences beyond the classroom that have included serving as a curriculum fellow for Engaging the Arts and Museums in Mind and WISSIT for Project Zero, and working as a facilitator of Digital Storytelling at the National Gallery of Art. She has relished her learning experiences serving as the Secondary Division representative on the Professional Learning through Research Committee (PLR) with National Art Education Association (NAEA). In 2019, Silva was named Southeastern Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year by NAEA.

Silva has taught AVT 668 Three-Dimensional Art Making Across Cultures. Her own studio practice is varied, embracing mixed media—primarily photography, collage and ceramics.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, West Virginia University

Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Art Teacher Fairfax VA

Dr. Justin P. Sutters

Program Director
Assistant Dean of Research and Assessment, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Art Education
Director, Master of Arts in Education (MAT)

Dr. Sutters was a K-12 art educator in an urban school district and also taught at an international school in São Paulo, Brazil. He attained his doctorate degree from the Ohio State University receiving national recognition for his dissertation. He currently serves as the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Art Education at George Mason University and is an Associate Professor in the School of Art as well as an Affiliate Faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). He recently completed a two-year term as the Faculty Fellow for the SACSCOC Reaffirmation Committee and also another two-year term as the Stearns Center Faculty Fellow for Faculty Writing Support.

Dr. Sutters is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at the state, national and international level in Brazil, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He served as the Chair of the Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Research Commission and in other capacities within NAEA. He served on the review board of Art Education and Visual Arts Research and has been a contributing member of the Data Visualization Working Group. His research focuses on pre-service practices, teacher licensure, national demography data, comparative studies/Brazilian studies, and theories pertaining to space and place. In 2019, he received a competitive grant from the National Art Education Foundation pertaining to his academic genealogy project and data visualization. In the summer of 2022, Dr. Sutters was selected to participate in the School for Art Leaders at Crystal Bridges, AK, and also was appointed to a two-year term with the NAEA Research Commission and he also attended the annual meeting in Park City, UT. He also was awarded an Emerging Administrator Fellowship from the National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA) and will attend the annual conference in October,

He teaches numerous courses in the MAT program, is the Advisor for the NAEA Student Chapter, and mentors students on their research capstone. His studio practice and background currently centers around printmaking and he co-teaches a summer graduate course called Print/Paper/Books. He is the School of Art Liaison and an Advisory Board Member for the Mason Community Arts Academy, where he also teaches Portfolio Preparation courses in the summer for high school students.


The Academy will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, April 3rd to Saturday, April 8.