James O'Donnell

Jim O'Donnell photo

James O'Donnell

Graduate Teaching Associate



  • 2012, MFA, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2004, BA, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Jim is an artist, art teacher, and art teacher-teacher. He's taught middle, elementary, and college studio art; and coordinated an Art Education undergraduate program for 4 years while also being its sole instructor, supervisor, and committee chair. Since then, Jim has taught classes at Ohio State University, Georgia State University, The Art of Education University, and High Point University on topics such as teaching art online, technology integration in art education, art class management, art curriculum design, instructional strategies for art, arts-integration for early-childhood educators, intro and intermediate drawing, art appreciation, and explorations of social justice through visual culture. He designed and taught Teaching K12 Art Online, a course created to support art teachers in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Jim created KillYourColorWheels.com, a blog where he self-publishes on art education topics with an emphasis on meaning-making, creativity, social justice, ungrading, and, of course, art. Jim has presented widely and regularly in the US and internationally on a wide range of art and art education topics and has been a featured guest on the podcasts Art Ed Radio and Art Class Curator. Jim's artwork is in private collections and has been featured in ARTS ATL, Burnaway, and other publications. Most of his artistic inspiration comes from Jim's family history and stories, specifically secrets, trauma, and healing through video, performance, installation, and drawing primarily. Jim believes making art with, about, and for the people in your life is one of the most powerful ways art can connect individuals and communities. He also believes that making art can be life-saving and life-changing, no matter what that ‘art’ might be.

Jim is currently a PhD candidate in AAEP, researching undergrads' relationship with manipulative and misleading media using a mixed-methods, art-based approach.

Fun Fact: The photo Jim is sharing was taken by another AAEP grad student, Jessica Pissini. You can find her work at: jessicapissini.com


  • Ohio State University's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence, 2019
  • Georgia Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, 2016
  • Juror’s Choice Award, Georgia State University Annual Juried Student Exhibition; selected by Nicole Eisenman, 2012