All over the world, teachers are re-learning how to teach. With school closures at all levels of education, classes from English 101 to Differential Geometry are being taught online, and it’s proving a challenge for all involved. Art can be a particularly difficult subject to transpose to Zoom. Here’s more on how art teachers are making the adjustment from Two Coats of Paint:
[Mr. Hearn Pardee] is teaching two classes of 20 students each. One is “Reinterpreting Landscape,” which involves painting outdoors at what he calls “everyday sites” around Davis. The other is a basic sculpture course—working in clay from a model. In the former, the students’ are now “embedded in landscapes from Bakersfield to Humboldt,” which is an advantage because “working from what you can see from your home…involves diverse landscapes and their complex environmental histories.” Mr. Pardee adds, “The lawn and driveway remain central features.” For the modelling class, Mr. Pardee started with photos of a Picasso sculpture of an apple, had the students draw from them, then model in clay from their own drawings, and finally turn that sculpted apple into a head.
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