Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Teaching Methods Readings 1

This week's readings for Teaching Methods were very interesting.  It is understood that you need to be able to teach to each student individually, but that is a pretty daunting task.  When reading about the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types, I realized that most students will fall under one of these categories, and the article provided ways to best reach these personalities, and specific stressors to avoid.

Howard Gardner's research on Multiple Intelligences was very helpful and parallels some of the information related to the Myers-Briggs personality types.  Being able to cater your teaching methods to the students' specific needs and ways of processing information will result in greater success in the students' abilities to retain and apply their skills and knowledge.

This understanding of students' diverse and specific needs can be applied to the Staged Self-Directed Learning Model.  This article in particular I found very applicable to my experience in the classroom.  Even in a Foundations class where all of the students are at the beginning of their college careers, the experiences and learning styles of the students can be very diverse.  Understanding your function as the instructor and maintaining the ability to be flexible is important to be able to reach every student.  The SSDL Model breaks down into 4 stages of student development and how to react and best guide the students in each stage.

All of these descriptions and models will be very helpful as I continue in my role as educator.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I've been looking at Tony Feher's work lately.  I really enjoy his use of mass-produced materials and consciousness of formal elements such as line and color.  I'd love to read his artist statement, but I can't find it anywhere.  He doesn't have a personal website.

I've also been looking at Eva Hesse.  I think what draws me to her work is her use of line and transparencies.  

I think that's why photographing catheters as a subject for my work intrigues me so much.  I love the way they intersect and tangle up in each other and create movement in the composition.  I just got a bunch of samples in the mail so I'm going to shoot again, this time using a lot more catheters than just the two and see where it takes me.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Google SketchUp

My first attempt at using Google SketchUp.  I created a mock-up of a project that's been floating around in my head.  It would consist of resin or acrylic tubes with layers of paint suspended throughout.  Obviously, a really rough sketch, but it was nice being exposed to a program that has a lot of potential for sketching out ideas in three dimensions.

Painting straight on plexiglass has begun.  I broke up the painting into several smaller panels.  I'm interested in the idea of breaking the mold of the rectangle as the support of the painting, and also in the possibilities multiple panels may present.  Not sure how I will hang them yet but I'm interested in ways other than just hung on the wall.  Perhaps suspended from the ceiling or stacked on the floor?  I'm enjoying the smooth texture of the plexiglass.  I was worried it would be too slick for the paint to apply well, but i've been pleasantly surprised.  So far so good.  Now I just hope this new drying medium I'm using will speed things up a bit.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

QR Codes

A couple creative uses of QR codes in print advertising:

A few business cards utilizing QR codes (my favorite is the cut-out.  So clever!):

And a really cool campaign for Central Park: