- Google folders
- Swivl camera for the classroom or multiple cameras (in the case of demos) for live streamed class and class recording for later async viewing.
- Large screen monitor for enhanced visibility of demos and crits during in-person class.
Upper Level Studio Art (Non-Digital)
Since this is a single section course, there is one instructor involved. Therefore that instructor will handle all aspects of the course. Course details could vary greatly on the course media and content much as they do under usual circumstances. Syllabi will need to be re-worked significantly and in accordance with required safety procedures. All course materials will need to be incorporated into a LMS (Learning Management System) like Moodle or Google Classroom. Frequent and consistent communication about course scheduling and expectations with students will be more critical than ever. Mechanisms to allow for a midterm grade are necessary.
Consult this document frequently: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12dJ3zXjxLWnedoMyriZSJlmOz_c4G3P7yVRtaLFE1oY/edit
- There are numerous ways the division of live in-person teaching vs. remote could be handled given that class enrollments will almost always have to be split into smaller groups based on T,Th or M,W,F scheduling. See below for a few possibilities: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A8u9E5KDYxj8LULu9ayUFWqJ51Sq1jfn0KCvriEQaWQ/edit
- For demos, consider using video to avoid close contact. Demonstrations could be projected or shown on a big monitor (like a rock concert) if done in real time, or could be pre-recorded and viewed outside of class. This will also allow review by students who may have missed class or need a second look. You may need to break classes into smaller groups (or in half), with demos being repeated with different cohorts likey on two different class days if done in person due to limits on numbers. Consider giving technical info and demos early in the semester in case of the need to leave campus later, or simply to be more flexible later. You may end up mixing face-to-face demos with pre-recorded remote demos over the course of the whole semester.
- Studio time outside of class will need to be managed carefully in consultation with technicians perhaps scheduled similar to a lab. Likewise for live in class studio work. For example, consider giving a demo at the beginning of class, and then break up class. Some students could remain if signed up to do so, others come back during their scheduled studio time. Some students might move to another space to work on non-studio dependent work like in-progress crits or ideation exercises.
- This may be the time for smaller scaled projects and simplified technical instruction/coverage.
Keep your eye on the priorities: artistic growth while keeping everyone safe and healthy.
- Maximize the use of materials and processes that are safe to use at home/in dorm: oil clay or air dry clay, paper mache, digital photo vs. film, watercolor or acrylic vs. oil paint, etc. This is in case of shelter in place, or to allow students to work outside of class in the dorm rather than studio to avoid overcrowding, or if they feel sick.
- Design backup assignments that would work well in the case of shelter in place. These should involve ONLY materials that can safely be used at home, and that students can easily transport. Again, projects will be small-scale. Think about a “go” kit should students need to leave campus in a hurry.
- Some remote and out of actual studio work will likely have to substitute for the typical hands-on studio work assigned/expected. For example more artist/technique/history/critical explorations (short papers, journals, presentations) may occur as opposed to art production especially if we have to move online. This might be an opportunity to add a WRI GE to the course and add valuable writing practice for the studio artist.
Sometimes, the entire class is conducted remotely.
- Is flexible.
- Easily migrates to “all online” if necessary.
- If the situation allows, it would be easy to include more face-to-face portions.
- You will not be able to cover the same amount of material as you have in the past. Focus on what is really essential.