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RE: [teacherartexchange] Graduate and undergraduate students have much to offer

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From: Jerome Stanley (jstanley_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Apr 30 2005 - 11:50:29 PDT


Greetings to all:

I am Jerome D. Stanley, Graphic Design Program Director of Westwood
College, located in Calumet City Illinois. This is my first experience
with the "Teacher Exchange" and I look forward to receiving the info
that you share.

Also, I have a few opening in the Graphic Design Program. Interested
parties can contact me regarding details: jstanley@westwood.edu.

Jerome Stanley
Graphic Design Program Dir.

-----Original Message-----
From: Pam [mailto:pgstephens@npgcable.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2005 1:35 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Graduate and undergraduate students have
much to offer

>>Those of us in the classroom are very short of time for doing
research.
>>Graduate and undergraduate students have much richness to offer,
thanks to
>>the ties of the Internet.<<

Yes, I absolutely agree. University students have much to offer if they
are
provided opportunities. Re-tooling two courses to make them more
learner-centered and problem-based will be a challenge, but I think that
the
outcomes will be well worth the time spent in re-tooling.

I also teach a required junior-level writing course that all art ed and
studio majors take. In trying to make that class worthwhile, one of the
assignments is that studio students produce their artist's statement for

their BFA exhibitions and art ed students produce their philosophy of
teaching. I just don't see the point in university student wasting their

time writing papers that do not contribute to their own needs or the
needs
of the educational community. For the other technical writing
(expository,
formal analysis, and a research paper), I require that students select
an
artist who contributes to their understanding somehow. Studio artists
try to
find an artist who connects to their own production while art ed
students
might research an artist for use in a later lesson plan.

What I am seeing is that studio students develop thoughtfully planned
and
beautifully articulated artist's statements to accompany their BFA
shows.
Art ed students are delving deeper into understanding an artist and
finding
meaning in artworks. This will translate into better lesson plans later
on.

An aside, one of my studio students researched James Turrell this
semester.
As an unexpected surprise, Turrell is being granted an honorary
doctorate at
next month's commencement. Because of her research, she and other class
members were introduced to his "Roden Crater" that is soon to open near
Flagstaff. We are all very excited to hear and meet Turrell---an
excitement
that might not have happened without utilizing the idea of
student-produced
problems and solutions.

Pam

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Pamela G. Stephens, PhD
Northern Arizona University
Art Education
P.O. Box 6020
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6020
928.523.2432
Pamela.Stephens@nau.edu
http://www.cal.nau.edu/art/fac_pages/faculty_s.htm

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