Art classes at CCV are typically taught in-person at CCV’s twelve academic centers, but with the fall 2020 semester consisting primarily of remote learning, instructors had to adapt their classes to new formats.
“I learned as much as my students did with this new platform,” Drawing I instructor Susannah Gravel said of teaching art online. “I learned a lot by listening to my students and adapting to their needs as we moved through the semester.” In Gravel’s class, students worked on developing their drawing skills and their own unique style using various mediums. Though she said it was challenging at times to move a drawing course to the online format, in her opinion “the biggest positive was how flexible and adaptive everyone is considering everything that’s going on. Resiliency is one of our students’ best attributes.”
Lauren Watrous, Intro to Studio Art instructor, felt that moving her class online added to what the students took away from the class. “I feel the students learned twice as much because they were learning from each other.”
Throughout Watrous’s class, students sampled the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpting, using a variety of materials such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, charcoal, and pencil. “To work from home means to find the space to use all these different materials,” she said. “It was empowering watching everyone set up their own space to work. It gave the idea that creative making could be done in their space.”
At the conclusion of each class a virtual exhibit was created to showcase student work. Students in Gravel’s class created a slideshow, found here, while Watrous created a Padlet to display student work, which can be viewed here.