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Rethinking Foundations: Ideals, Purposes, Needs


This twenty-minute Powerpoint presentation will describe the team-taught, year-long Foundations Core Concepts Program at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. It has been in place since 2006 and has successfully integrated a course previously called "Language of Art" (taught by an art historian) with hands-on studio assignments previously taught in a stand-alone design course (taught by a studio professor). We have found that this hybrid approach is extremely effective in developing sensitive and articulate art majors who are prepared to integrate design concepts into all of their artworks and to analyze and describe eloquently both personal and historical works of art. This presentation will include a description of the theoretical underpinnings of this program, an overview of the course learning outcomes, examples of two unusual and unusually effective student projects, and a summary of the evidence of the program's effectiveness.


Art Education | Art Practice | Arts and Humanities | Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Fine Arts | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology