May 8th, 2014

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MOOC final reflections

Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

Coursera course by Jeannene Przyblyski, Ph.D Dean at CalArts.

This course asks how artists actively make a history for their own practices by thinking about their creative process as a “conversation” with a wide range of art from the past.

.As the flow of the MOOC passed through time and ideas interweaving lecture and images, I thought of my creative teaching as well as my artist-creativity.  My creative-artist self responded to lectures as a conversation about the elements of each piece coming together to form a whole telling unique stories.  The lectures grounded artists’ visual stories in their time and culture.  This art historical storytelling gives me a greater appreciation for my own culture in which I make art and in which other contemporary artists create.  My big take away is that I feel more confident that I understand many of the dynamics of artmaking in my own time.  On the other hand, as a teacher I feel more strongly that my students are of another generation and another cultural soup.  Although we are alive at the same time, my students’ experience of life and art is so different from mine that it exists as a different culture.  The more I respect that difference, the better I can teach the constants that flow from artist to artist through the generations.  I was able to glean good background stories that will help my students better engage in historical artwork because I can link a historical artwork or artist's life to an origin story that students can relate to.

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