Thinking Outside the Classroom: Creative Approaches to Online Teaching Part I

Sep 1, 2020 2:00-3:30pm EDT

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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.

In this special two-part series, we will be bringing together panelists who may not share disciplines, but are connected by their unique approach to the difficulties posed by the shift to remote and hybrid classes. Part I features three instructors who teach in fields that people see as inextricably linked to the “in-person” experience: Ceramics, Glass, and Experiential Learning. These panelists will offer practical strategies for how to teach studio-based classes online as well as transferring the value of experiential learning to remote education. They will also discuss how instructors can humanize the experience of teaching art online; what students really need from art education; the ultimate goals of experiential learning; and some of the opportunities and benefits that have presented themselves as instructors look for alternative teaching resources.


Carole Woodlock is the a2ru liaison at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the College of Art and Design. An artist living and working in Rochester New York, Woodlock grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Western Canada. Woodlock’s experimental films have won many awards and have screened at over 70-juried national and international festivals. Investigating notions of landscape, identity, and memory, Woodlock researches digital and analogue practices in contemporary art. Her recent artwork and writings developed out of a series of intensive solo 100+ mile walks through England’s northern countryside, specifically Yorkshire and the North York Moors. A full Professor in the School of Photography, Woodlock seeks to foster an arts-integrated approach to her teaching, mentoring, and scholarship.


Lisa Conway  was born in Detroit, Michigan and received a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1990. She earned an M.F.A. in ceramics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1993. In 1991, she was awarded a full fellowship to study at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Lisa has taught ceramics at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Portland Community College and at the former Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is currently Head of the Ceramics Area and former Chairperson of the Art Department at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, where she has taught since 2003. Lisa has completed several artist residencies around the country, including working at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. She shows her work in solo and group exhibitions nation-wide, and is represented in several public art collections in the Pacific Northwest. She was most notably included in the Oregon Biennial exhibition at the Portland Art Museum in 2003. Lisa lives in Portland, Oregon, and works out of a ceramics studio in her home.


Alex Lobos focuses in design, technology and emotional attachment as means to elevate quality of life. He is Professor and Graduate Director of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a Research Fellow Emeritus at Autodesk. At RIT, Alex leads a top-ranking graduate program focused on interdisciplinary collaboration, accessible technology and applied design research. Alex and his students have collaborated with Autodesk, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, Makerbot, Staples, Stryker, Unilever and others, in projects covering topics such as learning futures, generative design, digital fabrication, sustainable behaviors, and everyday living. Alex has been juror for International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), International Housewares competition and Bienal Ibero-americana de Diseño. He is a member of Autodesk University’s advisory council, holds two international patents and has been an industrial designer for General Electric. Alex grew up in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar. He holds a MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a BID from Universidad Rafael Landivar.

Web: https://www.rit.edu/artdesign/directory/aflfaa-alex-lobos   Twitter & Instagram: @LobosDesign

David Schnuckel is an artist whose work thinks through glass, a writer who examines issues related to glass, and an educator who challenges his students to seek provocative solutions to conceptual problems by way of glass.

He holds a BA in Fine Arts from Anderson University and an MFA in Glass from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  His work exhibits internationally and belongs in the permanent collections of the GlazenHuis in Lommel, Belgium, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft of Ebeltoft, Denmark, and the Museum of American Glass in Millville, New Jersey.  Schnuckel has taught at Alfred University, the Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass.  As a writer, he maintains a blog that examines elements of his making and teaching practice entitled David Schnuckel Uses His Words and is a regular contributor to GASnews, the newsletter of the Glass Art Society.

Schnuckel is Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of Glass at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.