Hello again! I agree with you on making conferences accessible to students!!
I hope to make it to CLeveland this year too for the OAEA Conference.
To answer your question about the Art Ed. program here, I think it is pretty
good, although I may be slightly prejudiced. One of the greatest advantages
the University of Toledo has with regard to the Art Education and Fine Arts
programs both, is their affiliation with the Toledo Museum of Art. The
Center for the Visual Arts is physically as well as professionally connected
to the Museum. I teach an undergraduate foundations of art course at the CVA
which is divided into the four components of DBAE. This course is designed
for education and non-education majors both. The course consists of a survey
of Art History, written work involving aesthetics and art criticism, and
studio projects using a variety of media, both two- and three-dimensional.
Ium. So, for example, when we study the art of classical Greece, the class walksover to the classic court at the TMA and specific works in this gallery are
then referenced in our discussion of a given historical timeframe, style or
In addition, for the Aesthetics and Art Criticism components of DBAE, the
students refer to specific works of art in the collections, then research
and/or respond to siad works in written assignments. This quarter, for
example, students are writing daily entries in response to specific works
of art from the museum. They are to record aesthetic responses, which will
then be compiled to create an "aesthetic journal."
One reason I keyed in to your comments on this list is my own interest in
museum education. I also teach for the Museum, and you are right, we have
an excellent museum!! I teach part time at the TMA, and there is no better
place to teach with a DBAE focus in my opinion. I love it, but as was pointed
out on this list at an earlier date, from what I understand it is highly
competitive. Almost everyone I know who teaches there does so on a part time
If you are interested in the "gory" details of what I teach at the TMA and
other observations about museum education as I know it, let me know.
Keep in touch,