Mirjana Tomašević Dančević
(Mirjana Tomasevic Dancevic)

mag. educ. art., mag. hist. art., mag. educ. philol. angl.

artist, author, and educator
(from kindergarten and primary school children
to university students and teachers).

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, with a degree in teaching Visual Arts, and from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, with degrees in History of Art (Major) and English as a foreign language (Minor).
Unfinished doctoral thesis in Art Education/History of Art.Academic title: mag. educ. art., mag. hist. art., mag. educ. philol. angl.  
Sept 2012–Aug 2019: she was a teacher of Drawing and Painting, Sculpting/Plastic Design, and History of Art, in the School of Applied Arts and Design, Zagreb.
Sept 2014–Sept 2017: besides teaching, she was the head of the ISO–Izidor Kršnjavi Salon, Zagreb.
Nov 2005–Aug 2012: Senior Adviser for Visual Arts at the Institute of Education of the Republic of Croatia/Education and Teacher Training Agency, Zagreb, before she returned eagerly to teaching.
2002/2003:  Lecturer (associate) in Art methodology at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb – Preschool Education Studies.
1998/99–2005/2006: Lecturer (associate)/Senior Lecturer (associate) in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb – Preschool Education Studies.
1994/95–1998/99: Taking part in the preschool experimental language programme with the project The Development of Creative Thinking in Early Learning of English as a Foreign Language in the “kindergarten” (through art activities, philosophy for children, children’s literature and drama, basic science, music, games, and everyday situations), with children aged 4–6/7.
1991/92–1994/95: Taking part in the Croatian Project of Early Foreign Language Learning (part of the project Language learning for European citizen­ship, sponsored by the European Council in Strasbourg) – with children aged 6–10.
1981/82–1993: Teaching Art in lower secondary/upper elementary schools, pupils aged 11–15.
Since 2005, President of the Croatian Council of InSEA (International Society for Education through Art), HRV-InSEA.
2011–14: InSEA World Councillor – European region.
1994–2014: presenter at European and world congresses of InSEA, participant in InSEA educational projects and organisation of three child art exhibitions.
Author of four international projects/exhibitions of digital photographs created by 1) InSEA art educators: BOL/PAIN (…) in 2010, and 2) students: BOL/PAIN (…) in 2011, RADOST/JOY (…) in 2012, PORUKE/MESS@GES (…), presented in three exhibitions, 2013–15.
Author of two books: Kako nacrtati osjećaj?… (How to Draw a Feeling? – Art Therapy and the Visual Diary as Self-Help). Zagreb: Profil, 2005; Letjeti i vratiti se (To Fly and Come Back). Zagreb: Knjigra, 2010 (review/book afterword: Julijana Matanović; newspaper review: Helena Sablić Tomić), both illustrated with the author’s drawings-poems.
Author of numerous articles, exhibition reviews, and exhibition catalogue forewords.
Co-author of the first Croatian art textbooks and handbooks for (upper) primary and lower secondary school pupils/guides for teachers: Tomašević Dančević, M.; A. Šobat (2000.; 2003.) Likovna kultura: udžbenik za 5./6./7./8. razred osnovne škole. Zagreb: Profil.
Member of the Croatian Association of the Artists of Fine Arts (HDLU), InSEA, and HRV-InSEA.
She exhibits in solo and juried group exhibitions (see the Retrospective Exhibition Catalogue in the Gallery).

AWARDS (SELECTION):

2010: First prize at the 2nd Međunarodni festival umjetničkih zastavicaInternational festival of artistic flags,Međunarodni ulični festival International Street FestivalCest is d’ Best Cest is d’Best 2010, Zagreb, for the flag titled To express yourself visually
2013: The Ivan Filipović National Award – Annual Award for significant achievements in educational activities, focusing on the year 2012.
2017: The El Bassiouny InSEA Award (triennial award given to a member of InSEA for exceptional professional and/or community service contributions, including new and effective forms of international communication, etc., in the field of education through art).