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inside the ivory tower

musings on teaching

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Pop Culturedryadartpop culture images from my 3D design class

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:19:26 +0000

I haven’t posted in a while, I have been suffering from adjunct burnout. But I am glad to be back and feeling re-invigorated. I have a great 3D design class this semester and a few weeks ago we had a wonderful opportunity to work with a visiting artist, Mark Gagnon. The chance to work with […](image)

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Celebrating successdryadartIMAG0033.jpg

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:27:57 +0000

Yesterday I got to see a former student and celebrate with her. She has work in this year’s Southern Tier Biennial. Seeing her drive and energy is the reward for all those hours spent developing lessons, and in the classroom. Way to go Reese. I am sure this is the first of many such moments […](image)

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experimental drawingdryadart

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:45:10 +0000

I often find that my freshmen are afraid of doing it wrong – when you find yourself at college really chasing your dream every mark seems fraught and laden and dangerous. I spend some time at the beginning of the year trying to encourage them to loosen up and let go – and remember how […](image)

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everyday things 2dryadart

Tue, 07 May 2013 01:03:40 +0000

The students produced some really strong work for the final critique. I think I should assign this earlier in the semester next year. If I get to teach any studios at all. Here’s the pictures!(image)

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everyday thingsdryadartImageImageImageImage

Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:02:03 +0000

My 3D design class has been grappling all semester with materials, I have tried to change how I mark this class to encourage more play and experimentation, and I have to say that it seems to have worked. I see my students in the studio outside of class, and they are happily making a mess […](image)

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Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:41:48 +0000

I was asked to put together a short lecture on Women Artists through history. I thought some of you who couldn’t make it might enjoy being able to at least see the slides. I will try to put together a version with audio at a later date perhaps. Anyway – click the link below. Women […](image)

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end of term wrapdryadart

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 03:59:59 +0000

I think I have mentioned before that 2D design is NOT my favorite course to teach, but I think I am finally beginning to find ways to make the material match my style and to introduce new media and materials along with the principles which keeps the students engaged with the class. These printmaking additions […](image)

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art life conferencedryadart

Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:43:32 +0000

Here’s a kind of recap of the presentation today! “Meditating on the Filled Page” As I started to put together this workshop it occurred to me that this title was indicative of the lives of most creative practioners, and teachers. I imagine that like me, all of you struggled to make a space in your […](image)

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My favorite week of the year!dryadart

Fri, 04 May 2012 01:40:11 +0000

Yes! Finally the closing weeks of Spring term and it is Andy Goldsworthy time! Today was a balmy 80 and the sun was shining, so my sculpture class headed out into the wild for the morning. After some initial sketching and pondering here’s what they came up with so far(image)

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hyperbolic crochet 2dryadartreef 2

Tue, 01 May 2012 21:27:27 +0000

I am so excited! One of my art history students submitted her research on craft activism for Scholar’s Day at our college. ( I wrote more about hyperbolic crochet here) Tomorrow she will be presenting her research to the entire academic community. In addition to her required work she also created this amazing hyperbolic crochet […](image)

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