Teaching as Art
A graduate level course offered at NYU ITP in Spring 2019
Saturdays 12:00 ~ 4:25pm ITP Room 50
This class is for artists and creative technologists who want to teach. A good teacher is also a great student themself. They transform their curiosity into knowledge and share their learning processes with others. One can learn to become a better teacher by staying fearless about ‘not knowing’ something, embracing radically open ideas and connecting various expertise and knowledge. Teaching can be a form of artistic and creative practice in collaboration with a diverse community. Teachers can invent new forms of learning spaces, new kinds of collaboration and new senses of community.
In this class, students will learn about applying creative processes to teaching. Students will read about the history of artists in and out of academic institutions, Black Mountain College, as well as more recent experiments. Students are expected to engage in critical discussions about the topics.
- Week 1: Learning & Curriculum Building
- Week 2: Syllabus
- Week 3: Pedagogy, Museums & Communities as a School
- Week 4: Unlearning & Inclusive Learning
- Week 5: Final Presentation
- Week 6: Final Presentation Discussion
3 point course based on a class of same title offered in Spring 2018
Letter #1 12/26/2016
Letter #2 1/6/2017
Code of conduct
Students and teacher will respect each other as equals, will speak and write kindly to each other. They will challenge each other academically and artistically.
Students will be ready in class, five minutes before the start time. Two late arrivals after 5 minutes count as an absence, two absences will result in an immediate fail. There will be no exceptions.
Students will use this GitHub repository to find the latest syllabus and reading materials as well as to submit their assignments.
Students will submit their assignment every Thursday morning by 10am. Assignments submitted after 10am will not be reviewed before the class. Students may update their assignment after initial submission and after each class.
Students will submit homework assignments via Github via pull requests, or using Google Drive.
Reading assignment for next week:
Week 1. Learner
February 2, 2019
Introduction of the course and the instructor's practice and teaching philosophy. Questions about Learning. What is a curriculum? Artists as educators, performance artwork as curriculum
- Teacher: Architect
- Facilitator: Builder
- Archivist: Inspector
- Student: Inhabitant
In-class exercise: Autobiography as a learner. Create a map that illustrates how you learn something.
Design a curriculum for yourself as a sophomore in high school. Be prepared to share in class next week
Readings for Next Week:
- Kojin Karatani. Architecture as Metaphor, Language, Number and Money. 1965 Chapter 4 Natural City. Page 29 on the book.
- Pablo Helguera. Education for Socially Engaged Art - Chapter 2 Community, p 9 - 17
Week 2. Syllabus
February 9, 2019
- Go over curriculum homework in pairs.
- Lecture on syllabus, art work as syllabus
- Syllabus workshop
- Design a syllabus for a 6-week long class in 'your high school' about 'care'.
- Read Art is Medicine article about Simone Leigh. This reading needs to be a central reference for your syllabus on care.
- Contextualize the class within the curriculum you designed last week. Focus on the learning outcomes (tangible takeaways) while thinking about the long term learning objectives.
- The syllabus needs to include a class title, description, and schedule. Please follow the syllabus worksheet
- 500 words & 1 image
- In class next week we will return to our same partners and you will present your syllabus from the perspective of a teacher (or a schoolmaster.) Your partner will give feedback from the perspective of a student and vice versa. After, in partner-pairs, you will discuss your syllabus for the whole class.
Readings for Next Week:
- Art is Medicine, Helen Molesworth on the work of Simone Leigh
- Who is Joseph Beuys?
- National Galleries Joseph Beuys Learning Resource
- Lygia Clark - Breath with Me at MoMA Studios
- NYTimes review of Lygia Clark's show at MoMA
Week 3. Pedagogy, Museums & Communities as a School
February 16, 2017
- Review of the syllabus homework
- Lecture on pedagogy, the craft of teaching. Traditional pedagogy and critical pedagogy, alternative education.
- Capability and potentiality
- Open field at Walker
- Sheetal Prajapati at MoMA
- Shaun Leonardo at New Museum
- Art + Technology Lab at LACMA
- Triple Canopy at PS1
- Queens Museum Education department
- Christine Sun Kim at Whitney
- Museums, Managers of consciousness
- An excerpt from COULD BE NO.2: High School Special
- Making Lab
- Poetic Science Fair
- Night School, Museum as Hub
- Suzanne Lacy – LA & global
- Conflict Kitchen – Pittsburgh
- Art of crossing the street
- For your final project you'll be designing a workshop to lead in class. The workshop can be about art, technology, or social justice. Or any combination of the three.
- For next week, design a syllabus for your workshop.
- Include budget and timeline.
Readings and viewings for Next Week:
Week 4. Unlearning & Inclusive Learning
February 23, 2019
Guest lecture by Maia Ruth Lee of the Wide Rainbow
Lecture about combining theory and practice in art and teaching, through unlearning and plasticity, appropriation and representation. Discussion and lecture about acessible and inclusive learning spaces, Makerspaces, community spaces, libraries. Special focus on disability and access for Deaf, blind and wheelchair users.
- Homework review
- Discussion about final presentations
Week 5. Final Presentations at Bobst Library
March 2, 2019
Week 6. Final Presentation Discussion at SFPC
March 9, 2019
Taeyoon Choi is an artist and educator based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and storytelling that often leads to intervention in public spaces. Choi collaborates with fellow artists, activists, and professionals from other fields to realize socially engaged projects and alternative pedagogy. He was an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has published books about urbanism and is currently working on a book of drawings about computation. Choi cofounded the School for Poetic Computation in 2013, where he continues to organize and teach. Recently, he's been focusing on unlearning the wall of disability and normalcy, and enhancing accessibility and diversity within art and technology. Choi serves on the board of advisors of the Processing Foundation.