Stage one of Thinktank4 has been successfully completed. The four
breakout sessions were intense, driven, and shared many common threads
within this year's topic Divergence,
Convergence, Emergence: Expanding Cross-Disciplinary Creativity.
The notes from this year's event have been posted to the wiki and will be viewable for a limited time. You
will hear more about their findings over the course of the next several
We have set up a Facebook page for the
Integrative Teaching Thinktank at http://tr.im/IntegrativeTeachingTT.
Log into Facebook to become a Fan! There is also an event listed for
TT4 where participants may RSVP.
These pages may be used to upload pics, notes, and start discussions about TT4.
like many of her images, and I think they are important in the conversation I
have with art students about how they use photo reference that they did not
shoot. The controversy (if there is one)
is that she often uses compositions directly from photo reference of pop icons
as her painting inspiration. She has an amazing career as a contemporary
American painter with a recent retrospective at the New Museum in New York City
http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/400and the cover of the February 09 Art in America. In
the AiA article about her by Nadia Tscherny no controversy is alluded to in any
way. While Ms Tscherny admits that Peyton collected photographs from
magazines for pictorial inspiration, she goes on to say “The transformative
power of her vision becomes especially apparent when a photographic source is
compared to the painting it inspired.” W magazine commissioned Peyton to
paint Michelle and Sasha Obama. Here are the links to W http://www.wmagazine.com/artdesign/2008/11/elizabeth_peyton and a site that
compares the image to its photo reference and a famous photo of Coretta Scott
King with Bernice King
article offers a well researched critique of Fairey before the current
accusations http://www.art-for-a-change.com/Obey/index.htm I love Fairey’s aesthetic,
but it looks like I could end up with my art on his T-shirt if he decides he
likes mine! This shows that there is no formula for using the photo
reference of others. I think it is a question for each artist to address.
I have been invited by Mary Stewart and
Adam Kallish to add a new category to the TT blog especially for high school
art teachers so that they may be more connected to the future of college
foundation art programs and to help them locate sources of inspiration and
resources on the web. I will post once monthly (usually mid-month) and include
links for artists, designers and institutions. I will also offer book recommendations and
lesson plan resources.
In honor of Black History Month, I am featuring some
prominent African American artists and resources in this post:
First I offer the rich textures and soul filled messages of
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, an international artist and local legend from
Columbus, OH. A prolific art maker, she has a large catalog of "rag
paintings", assemblage/sculptures and has illustrated children’s story
books (Sophie, The Shaking Bag, To Be a Drum and others).
I love using story books as a resource with high school and college art
students for two reasons. First, it is the genre that introduced most of
them to visual art - they can be comforted by familiarity while encouraged to
look deeper into the communication of visual storytelling. Secondly,
children's book illustrators are making a legitimate living as artists, we all
need that positive reinforcement! I found a fantastic web resource for Aminah
Robinson created by Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) that is fun, interactive and
full of resources for teachers:http://aminahsworld.org/
The third artist is
illustrator AG Ford who was my student at Columbus College of Art &
Design. He has just published his first children's book, written by Jonah
Winter called, Barack.
It came out in September 2008 and is a biography about our new President.
I got copies through Amazon and also saw it on the shelf at Target. www.AGFordIllustration.com
children's storybook that relates this month is Jazz
ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits by Winton Marsalis,
which combines jazz, poetry and illustration. It is illustrated by Paul Rogers.
And one more illustrator is Kadir Nelson, his newest book features the words of President Barack Obama and his artwork is being featured in a Coca Cola Black History Month campaign: http://www.kadirnelson.com/
From the exaggerated hands in Aminah’s paintings and AG and Kadir's striking likenesses to Paul
Rogers amazing portraits and New Orleans street scenes, they all rely heavily
on figure drawing and the traditions of observations drawing.More great evidence for our students!
Independent Art and Education Consultant, TT Board member
Do not surface mail any forms or recommendations. Send everything via e-mail to Mary Stewart.
Ten $1,000 fellowships will be awarded to support participation by emerging teachers and administrators of studio art foundations programs in Thinktank4, to be held at the University of Georgia, Athens.
University of Florida
Chair, First-Year Programs
School of Architecture, Auburn University
Coordinator of Studio Fundamentals, George Mason University
ThinkTank is a pilot program, designed to develop the curriculum for the Institute and create connections between emerging educators and master teachers. Both are designed to help junior faculty quickly gain great teaching skills, develop professional networks, and better meet NASAD standards.
Who is eligible?
1. Current MFA candidates, or recent MFA recipients, with at least 1 semester of Foundations teaching experience.
2. Design professionals, with at least 1 semester of Foundations teaching experience.
3. Foundations Coordinators, with at least 2 semesters of Foundations leadership experience.
What is Integrative Teaching?
Thinktank4 is designed for studio artists who are interested in teaching at the college level. Integrative teaching creates connections between your personal creativity and creativity in your teaching.
What are your responsibilities?
Prior to the ThinkTank, a list of required readings will be sent to all participants. Participants must attend all ThinkTank sessions, and will be required to submit two assignment sheets and one syllabus for the ThinkTank Archive.
ThinkTank4 is a great opportunity to expand your skills, knowledge, and experience, and puts you in direct contact with higher education experts. Past ThinkTanks have attracted studio artists, designers, and art educators from around the country.
All formally invited participants to ThinkTank4 at the University of Georgia, Athens is being asked to complete a short form. Please Download TT4_Form.doc (112.5K) (an auto fill Microsoft Word document - use your tab key to go from field to field) and save the file with "yourlastname_TT4_info.doc" and send it to Richard Siegesmund at email@example.com.