This blog is dedicated to exploring issues of pedagogy for Art & Design teachers at the college level.
Graduate programs spend a lot of time helping students become mature artists and learn how to get a teaching job, but often overlook the practicalities of what to do once that job has been attained. A candidate may look great on paper and even interview well, but might not have a clue as to what to do when entering the classroom. K-12 Art Education puts a high emphasis on pedagogy, however Art & Design graduate students are often thrown into a classroom with little or no pedagogical preparation. Few graduate programs have true pedagogy programs embedded within their studio requirements. Many institutions don’t offer teaching-related mentorship, which leaves new teachers struggling in the classroom, unsure of how to maximize their time, take advantage of resources, or provide a quality educational experience to their students.
This blog is meant to address these issues with practical advice for potential and new teachers. Angela Faris Belt, Jane Alden Stevens and Suzanne Szucs, all veteran teachers with over 60 years of experience between them, will discuss issues such as how to put together teaching materials, what and how much to teach, how to effectively engage students in the classroom, what “assessment” really means and what to do to be successful as a teacher.
Focus is on presenting relevant information and resources in a format that generates discussion from novices to veteran teachers creating a forum for mentorship in this vital field. The three authors each bring varying perspectives to the conversation and invite contribution from the wealth of experience existent in Art & Design educators.