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Lecture Notes


Teaching as Art

A graduate level course offered at NYU ITP in Spring 2019

Saturdays 12:00 ~ 4:25pm ITP Room 50

Professor: Taeyoon Choi

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

Lecture 1

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

Rotating roles:

  • Teacher: Architect
  • Facilitator: Builder
  • Archivist: Inspector
  • Student: Inhabitant

In-class exercise: Autobiography as a learner. Create a map that illustrates how you learn something.

Homework Assignment:

Design a curriculum for yourself as a sophomore in high school. Be prepared to share in class next week

Readings for Next Week:

Week 2. Syllabus

February 9, 2019

Lecture 3. Syllabus

  1. Go over curriculum homework in pairs.
  2. Lecture on syllabus, art work as syllabus
  3. Syllabus workshop

Homework Assignment:

  • 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:

Week 3. Pedagogy, Museums & Communities as a School

February 16, 2017


  1. Review of the syllabus homework
  2. Lecture on pedagogy, the craft of teaching. Traditional pedagogy and critical pedagogy, alternative education.

Additional References

Homework Assignment:

  • 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

Part 1

Part 2

Unlearning disability lecture

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.

  1. Homework review
  2. Lecture
  3. Discussion about final presentations

Judith Butler

Martha Nussbaum

Sara Hendren

Vicky Hanson

Week 5. Final Presentations at Bobst Library

March 2, 2019

Week 6. Final Presentation Discussion at SFPC

March 9, 2019

Instructor information

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.

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