ART 3240 //
This course provides an investigation that focuses on the relevance of aesthetics and art criticism within contemporary art education. Explorations of contemporary theories relevant to art education, as well as contemporary artists and issues in art and education are made salient. Students examine current trends in culture, education (practice and theory) as well as artists of the past and present who express contemporary personal, social and global concerns in their work. Discussions are focused on how course content can influence artists, educators and classroom curriculum and instruction.
The Book as medium...
As students and scholars we are surrounded by books. Pages of information at our fingertips, yet we often overlook the tactile pleasure found in turning a page or cracking a book spine in favor of digital resources. This project asks students to reimagine the role of these objects in artful contexts and consider how books, book-making ideas, book qualities speak to a big idea and how those books might convey a message greater than their functionality or topic. Specifically, students were asked to create an aesthetic work inspired by or utilizing books.
The Table Setting as medium...
A well-worded question is the quickest way to connect with others. This project asks students to spark a deeper conversation about a contemporary social issue, using art in general, and specifically the “table setting” as an opening and conversation starter to make public, those issues that are often silenced.
When one is provided a seat at the table, it presents an opportunity to be heard; to make a difference. For this studio assignment, students draw inspiration from the Judy Chicago's Dinner Party and a myriad of critical contemporary issues facing the world, to create a dinner setting that represents a social issue. This conversations is intended to disrupt the polite conversations often shared in our day-to-day on-goings and are intended to widen the circle of concern for transformative aesthetic and pedagogical practice..
Using women's stories from blogposts as my data, my student, Aleeana (2017) discovered that there is still much debate about women's choice to stay at home or work to raise a family or to pursue work outside of the home.
Aiming to unpack the negative stigmatization around the topic of mental illness, Mary (2017) hosted a "pity party" to address the felt-experience of persons coping with the disease.