My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that art plays a central role in the lives of all societies. One cannot appreciate and value "art" without also understanding its history and context in a given time, place, and culture. Art, to me, therefore is broadly defined to include a wide range of aesthetic expression, including painting and sculpture, architecture, and also textiles, masquerades, body decoration, and performance arts. My classes are designed 1) to introduce students to a wide variety of art forms over time and space; 2) to contextualize them within their social, economic, and historical milieu; 3) to foster appreciation for the uniqueness of a period or a culture, so that each is considered and evaluated on its own terms, and 4) to emphasize the shared human experience revealed by different cultures in at times unfamiliar artforms and practices. I try to help students learn how to look at art and what questions they might ask when they approach a new work of art, so that they come away not only with a solid grounding in history and basic art historical principles, but also the ability to see and appreciate art for themselves.
FA 301 (G), Native American Art
FA 302 (G), Arts of Asia
FA 404 Advanced Art History: Non-Western
Note: At this time, due to administrative duties, I am not teaching. I am available for mentoring and advising.
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