Posts Tagged ‘pedagogy’

Trump and the arts

February 6, 2017

gif by Hrag Vartanian / Hyperallergic

Want to know what the future holds for the NEA and the NEH during the Trump years?

Here is some suggested reading:

“Trump Team Plans to Eliminate National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities,” Hyperallergic, January 19, 2017
“Trump Reportedly Wants to Cut Cultural Programs that Make Up 0.02 Percent of Federal Spending,” The Washington Post, January 19, 2017
“What Trump’s Proposed Spending Cuts Could Mean for the Arts Economy,” Fortune, January 19, 2017
“Trump Reportedly Wants to Eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities,” artnet news, January 19, 2017
“NEH on the Chopping Block?”, Inside Higher Ed, January 20, 2017
“No Deal for the Arts: It’s No Surprise that Donald Trump Wants to Tell the Arts and Humanities ‘You’re Fired,'”, January 22, 2017
CAA Statement on Government Spending Cuts for Arts and Humanities,” CAA (College Arts Association), January 23, 2017
“As Trump Threatens the NEA, an Artist Compiles LL the Projects It Funded Last Year,” Hyperallergic, January 25, 2017
“What if Trump Really Does End Money for the Arts?”, The New York Times, January 30, 2017

Why your Art History class may be the most important class you take

February 6, 2017

In “The Art of learning: Why art history might be the most important subject you could study today,” Art historian Noah Charney argues that the study of art history and a humanities-based education is more important than ever.  The emphasis placed on the study of STEM subjects can diminish the perceived value of the humanities major, leading some to view these disciplines as purely whimsical and unpractical. In fact, Charney points to John Berger and his groundbreaking book Ways of Seeing to show how Art history develops the skills that increase critical thinking which are especially important in this age of fake news and alternative facts.

Read the entire article here.

Yale Art History Professor reduces class size because of WiFi

January 31, 2012

Normally, Professor Alexander Nemerov’s popular course “Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present” attracts crowds of 500 students. Now, his classes are capped at 270. Why? Nemerov wanted a classroom where students don’t have access to WiFi and can’t surf the internet. “In the past many students in the lecture were doing Facebook or email or all kinds of things on their computers,” Nemerov said. “So for me it’s better if there’s a room where that is not possible, and one of the unfortunate effects of that is that I have to limit the enrollment of the class to the capacity of the auditorium.”

VRA issues new Fair Use statement

December 14, 2011

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) has released a statement on “The Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study.” The statement focuses on 6 types of image uses regularly confronting academic users: preservation and transferring images to new formats for preservation purposes; use of image for teaching purposes (be it face-to-face teaching or non-synchronous teaching); use of images in course websites or other online study materials; adaptions of images for teaching and classroom work by students; sharing images among education and cultural institutions to facilitate teaching and study; and reproduction of images in theses and dissertations. The statement aims to address uncertainties and misconceptions surrounding the fair use doctrine as it relates to new technologies and media, the sometime overly conservative and restrictive policies of campus legal gatekeepers, and copyright litigation in non-academic contexts.

Will Smarthistory replace Art History textbooks?

November 24, 2010

SmarthistoryMost art history students are painfully aware that Gardners Art Through the Ages and Stokstad’s Art History are some of the largest and heaviest textbooks around.  Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to lug those hefty books in your backpack? Art Historians Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker’s Smarthistory may provide some relief. Smarthistory is a free, open, not-for-profit online art history textbook that utilizes multimedia (video, maps, Flickr photos,, links and more) to present what they call and “unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art.” Their use of multimedia and clever text to engage their audience may explain why is becoming increasingly popular among art history students.

Fair Use primer

November 18, 2010

Can’t grasp tFair(y) Use Talehe concepts of Fair Use or the Public Domain? You are not alone.  Every year, more and more students are creating multimedia projects for class assignments, and frequently using copyrighted materials without any awareness of possible consequences. According to Patrick J. McGrail, assistant professor of communication at Jackson State University, we are in a “low-level crisis in copyright education now” (source: “Professors Publish Guide to Copyright Issues of Multimedia Projects”, Chronicle of Higher Education). Fortunately Eric Faden, a professor at Bucknell University, has created a video —  A Fair(y) Use Tale — to help clarify these confusing copyright principles.