Watch the Webinar
Watch the Webinar (Spanish Dubbed)
This past semester saw a swift transition to remote arts instruction for many teachers. Amidst feelings of isolation and anxiety about the future, teachers and students had to adjust to a new way of learning and teaching. As humans so often do in times of crisis, our communities rose to the challenge. Teachers and students worked together to learn new technology; resources for remote teaching were shared throughout the art community; and genuine efforts were made to maintain a sense of community despite the imposed social distance. As we look towards the fall, and continued remote instruction for many schools, arts instructors still need a space to hear others’ experiences, share, and gather resources on navigating online arts instruction. With this new webinar series, a2ru hopes to provide that space.
Our first panel will focus specifically on the Visual Arts. Webinar attendees will leave with concrete strategies for distance learning in the context of painting and drawing courses; tips for teaching museum studies when museums are inaccessible; online tools for meeting typical studio and performance course objectives; methods for building trust and facilitating teamwork collaboration; and more. Specifically focusing on engagement, panelists will also discuss how instructors can increase engagement amongst their students, sustain engaged learning discussions remotely and while using methods of visual analysis, and work online as a socially engaged community artist. Finally, we will close with a discussion of how art instructors can adapt their message to an online format. Instead of trying to maneuver our existing curricula into an online space, how can we leverage the unique opportunities afforded by the digital world?
Susan Lakin is a Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and an MFA in Art Studio with an emphasis in digital arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lakin has worked commercially in Los Angeles, Sweden and Australia. In addition to her commercial work, she owned and operated a professional retail photographic supply store in Burbank, CA. Lakin’s artwork has received many awards and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Photography Museum of Lishui, China. More recently, Lakin is engaged with immersive technology and collaborates on community projects in the nonprofit sector. She is co-chair of the RIT Frameless Labs, which promotes technical innovation and artistry in the fields of virtual and augmented reality by hosting annual symposia and an online space for the XR community to collaborate.