Much thanks to Gary Hawkins (Warren Wilson College) for these thoughts about teaching studio, performance, & applied courses remotely:
We recognize that the learning in active courses such as studio arts, performing arts, and applied subjects requires specialized equipment or spaces and is based on action. These activities will not translate easily to the online environment. Here are some suggestions:
- Consider projects that can use a “kitchen table studio”: As we know from William Morris, art resides within the “resistance of the materials,” and artists have long adjusted their work to fit their available space. If there are particular store-bought or studio materials students should stock up on, tell them now. Or consider projects that draw on found or easily-available-at-home materials.
- Create a video demo
- Do synchronous or asynchronous critique: You could host critique in Google Hangouts Meet. You could have students post mini-portfolios to a Canvas Discussion Board.
- Solo work: While videotaped performance (acting, dance, musicianship) is nowhere equivalent to the real life event, if you are able to create solo exercises (for example, a dramatic monologue or solo), students can record and share—and critique can be as above.
- Background or preparatory work: If there is some relevant background reading or research that supports or informs an art project or performance, you could assign this as group reading and discussion (see above) or as a short, independent project or group project.
In addition, the following resources may be of use to faculty teaching creative and performing arts courses:
- BC Libraries resources: Nina Bogdanovsky, subject librarian for Theatre & Dance and Film, has compiled libguides of various digital databases and other resources that may be useful for remote contexts:
- Art: ArtStor and ThingStor visual databases
- Art: Online Art & Design Studio Instruction facebook group
- Art: Time-lapse recordings (using apps such as iMotion) allow you to demonstrate things in less time. Here’s a time-lapse demo created by an instructor for her watercolor class (note that the assignment is included in the video description)
- Dance: From the Dance Studies Association (note upcoming webinar)
- Film: Edit Media’s teaching materials
- Film: Teaching media & video production (crowdsourced from faculty affiliated with the University Film and Video Association)
- Studio Art online and Ideas for Teaching Clay online: (the latter is a crowd-sourced document–evolving as more ideas are added)
- Theatre: Compiled by Daphnie Sicre, Loyola University, this document starts with many general tips/resources about teaching online; the second half of it is specific to teaching theatre courses.
- Teaching Theatre Online: from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education
- Digital Theatre Plus: BC faculty should be able to access this database through their BC Libraries log-in
- Ensembles: From the College Band Directors National Association, ideas for ensembles and conducting classes