Publication Date: September 24, 2021
This accessible guide will help studio art and design professors meaningfully and effectively transform their curriculum and pedagogy so that it is relevant to today’s learners. Situating contemporary college teaching within a historic art and design continuum, the author provides a practical framework for considering complex interactions within art and design pedagogy. Readers will gain a deeper appreciation of college students and their learning, an understanding of teaching repertoires, and insight into the local and global contexts that impact teaching and learning and how these are interrelated with studio content. Throughout, Salazar expertly weaves research, theory, and helpful advice that instructors can use to enact a mode of teaching that is responsive to their unique environment. The text examines a variety of educational practices, including reflection, critique, exploration, research, student-to-student interaction, online teaching, intercultural learning, and community-engaged curricula.
Stacey Salazar is the vice provost for graduate studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art. A college art educator for nearly 30 years, she has received professional recognition for her teaching and research. She holds a doctorate in education and a Master of Fine Arts in painting.
“A Guide to Teaching Art at the College Level translates the formal language of education into straightforward, comprehensible concepts and ties these to practical steps that higher education art instructors can readily apply to their teaching. Drawing on her own classroom experience, Salazar helps artists retool their practice for the instructional and learning demands of the current moment.”
—Richard Siegesmund, professor, art and design education, Northern Illinois University
“In A Guide to Teaching Art at the College Level, Stacey Salazar generously gifts new and experienced college art teachers with a richly detailed, immediately usable pedagogical toolkit assembled from her many years as an adjunct and full-time teacher of art, a highly respected teacher of teachers, and a prolific researcher. It is exactly what we need right now to overlay art and teaching theory and philosophy with actual practice, to, as she puts it, ‘disrupt, in the most benevolent sense, or reimagine the relationship between college art-and-design education and professional art worlds.’”
—Mary Hafeli, professor of art and art education, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Whether read to inform, refresh, or make one's teaching more engaging and worthwhile for oneself and one’s students, college teachers of art and design will find this book provides an astute synthesis of history, theory, and practice with candor and insight—all in an easy-to-read format. The guide is rich in content, and provocative yet practical. It addresses contemporary issues and expectations of faculty and the content is deeply grounded in literature and practice. In addition to offering any faculty member teaching art and/or design the opportunity to enrich their teaching, Salazar's book is an outstanding resource and a great text for anyone teaching a course in the college teaching of art and design or for those called upon to provide preparation for new faculty members entering the profession. Essential reading.”
—Karen Lee Carroll, dean emeritus, Center for Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art