University Classroom and Gallery Teaching:
Professor Susan Bickford, University of Maine, Augusta
“The ways of expanded engagement that the SummerVision DC program gave to me have deeply impacted my ability to lead a group with passion through the museums. I often bookend our semester with trips to the field…it jumpstarts our class with super food and then when fatigue is kicking in keeps us finishing up strong. My students remark on how much more they enjoy museum visits by practicing lingering contemplation than when they were just buzzing through, and how it will be a part of their life practice form here on out.”
I use the FTC Palette both with beginners and with advanced students, in classroom discussions, field work in museums, and studio critiques. For example, we begin the classroom discussion with each of them presenting one of their works or in the case of online discussions, they comment on each others entries using the FTC palette as a prompt. Many of our studio project critiques begin with each person being given an aspect from the FTC and writing a few sentences beginning from that point. At the end of the semester, they have a beautiful notebook of works that they “collected” from the book and peer critique is filled with vocabulary, fluid and informed.