Teaching

I have for the last three years been a Teaching Assistant at University of California, San Diego. Before that, I have taught two college level courses at Massachusetts College of Art, one at Smith College, and four high school courses.

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Courses (In Reverse Chronological Order)

Image Credit: Ash Eliza Smith

CAT 125: Storytelling: Authenticity, Performance (of Self) and Digital Media
UCSD: Culture, Art, Technology Writing Program at Sixth College

TA with 2 sections

Instructor of Record: Ash Eliza Smith

This course in public rhetoric and practical communication examines storytelling as a rhetorical strategy and gives students the opportunity to author their own relevant materials. We analyze films, videos, images, image sharing sites, video games, start-up pitches, song lyrics, memes, advertisements, and social networking sites to think about the stories that are told and the stories they may fail to tell. The devices of oral storytelling, filmmaking, montage, and fiction writing will be used to think about how stories are told with various components of image, voice, text, body and sound.
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Student Work By: Alex Spindler
VIS 1: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Practices
UCSD: Visual Arts Department, Foundations

TA with 1 section

Instructor of Record: Ruben Ortiz-Torres

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of art-making with specific reference to the artists and issues of the 20th century. Lectures and studio classes examine the nature of images in relation to various themes. Drawing, painting, found objects and texts will be employed to construct a series of projects generated from visual and narrative sources. This is not a craft class and neither an art history one but rather a class to learn and understand the language of contemporary art in order to be able to enjoy it, apply it and use it.



Student Work By: Danielle Robbins
VIS 3: Introduction to Three-Dimensional Practices
UCSD: Visual Arts Department, Foundations
TA with 1 section

Instructor of Record: Mathieu Gregoire

This course is an idea driven, combined lecture and studio course about contemporary art practice, including three dimensional work relating to transformation, representation, craft, design, movement, time and context. The projects are based on several parts: concept, the materials chosen, the process the concept and materials go through, and the execution and presentation of that concept.


Student Work By: Anthony Truong
VIS 40: Introduction to Computing in the Arts (Fall)
UCSD: Interdisciplinary Computing and Music Program
TA with 2 sections

Instructor of Record: Brett Stalbaum

This course is an introduction to the conceptual uses and historical precedents for the use of computers in art-making. The course serves as a preparation for further study in the Computing and the Arts area by providing overview of the theoretical issues related to the use of computers by artists. The practical part of the course introduces students to
the program’s computer facilities and teaches basic computer skills.

Projects Include: Animations made in Processing for 4K IMAX Theater, 3D Design and Printed Object, Interactive Public “Fashion” Performance.


Student Work By: Amber Rutledge
VIS 145a: Time and Process-Based Media: Digital Poetics
UCSD: Interdisciplinary Computing and Music Program
Sole Course TA with 3 sections

Instructor of Record: Elizabeth Losh

This course for ICAM (Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts) major and minor students provides a theoretical overview of approaches to time and process in media production and includes instruction in using web authoring software and writing computer code.  Student composers will create innovative electronic text works that experiment with poetic form, draw on rich media resources, and provide more interactivity, vividness, or access for public audiences.  We work with the Archive for New Poetry from a comparative textual media perspective to see how examples of experimental work in the 20th century that used poetic effects referencing the concrete form text on the page, sound, nonlinear composition, procedurality, and chance can be adapted or translated to be new 21st-century computational media works appropriate for dissemination through distributed digital networks.

Projects in Animation, Sound, Hyper-text, and Programming in Processing/Max Msp


Create Your Own Utopia Showcase
CAT 3: Music and Utopia
UCSD: Culture, Art, Technology Writing Program at Sixth College
TA with 2 sections

Instructor of Record: Anthony Burr

One of the first intentional blueprints for an ideal society, Plato’s “Republic” famously banned music. In the history of utopian projects, it seems that music has been often either excluded completely or placed at the center of the project. In looking at some example utopias from history, philosophy and science fiction we’ll consider both the pragmatic decisions involved in creating a new society (laws, language, citizenship) alongside the potential transformations of subjectivity (new modes of social interaction, more perfect integrations of nature & culture etc).Students will work in groups to come up with their own plans for a new society and its music or lack thereof.

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Student Work By: Melissa Quon
CAT 2: The Book in the Digital Age
UCSD: Culture, Art, Technology Writing Program at Sixth College
TA with 2 sections

Instructor of Record: Jessica Pressman

Rhetoric about the death of the book abounds in our digital age. Fears of the book’s demise encode larger concerns about current cultural shifts from attention to distraction, from serious art to video games, from respected information sources to crowd-sourced spaces like Wikipedia. This course approaches the topic of the book’s obsolescence in order to ask what work all this rhetoric is doing and why it matters. We will pursue an understanding of the book medium, past and present, across a wide range of genres and medial formats: media studies criticism, fiction, bookwork sculpture, digital literature, archives, youtube animations, and more. We will study the history of the book in order to analyze the book as a medium and a technology for information transmission, as well as a cultural symbol.

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Student Naim June Paik Recreation
VIS 40: Introduction to Computing in the Arts (Spring)
UCSD: Interdisciplinary Computing and Music Program
TA with 2 sections

Instructor of Record: Brett Stalbaum

This course is an introduction to the conceptual uses and historical precedents for the use of computers in art-making. The course serves as a preparation for further study in the Computing and the Arts area by providing overview of the theoretical issues related to the use of computers by artists. The practical part of the course introduces students to the program’s computer facilities and teaches basic computer skills.

Projects Include: HTML/CSS website, Locative Media, Interactive Public Multimedia Performance.


Student Performance
Art for Social Change
Urbano Project, After-School Program for Teens
Teaching Artist in ResidenceCo-teacher, Grimaldi Baez

I developed this year-long course/Collective as Teaching Artist in Residence at Urbano Project. The Collective identified violence and the root causes of prejudice in urban communities as issues of key importance for their work. Teens engaged in extensive group discussions of personal experiences of violence and prejudice, perceptions of the boundaries or borders that separate communities, and the root causes of violence. From these conversations a consensus emerged that much community violence involving young people stems from prejudice and an inability to communicate. Teens’ work in the Collective focused on drawing attention to the prejudice and assumptions that can underlie social interactions, providing opportunities for audience members to share their secrets and communicate though artistic participation.In the spring of 2011 the Collective created Spill the Beans for Urbano’s 2011 public youth arts showcase. This interactive installation and performance addressed the power of secrets and information as tools that can either empower or destabilize communities.Read More »


Group Created Installation
Art All State 2012
Worcester Art Museum/Massachusetts Art Education AssociationCo-teacher, Catherine JudgeI was a Teaching Artist at Art All State 2012. Working with 16 professional artists in the Worcester Art Museum’s studios, approximately 150 students collaborate on colossal art installations. Taking advantage of their surroundings, the Teaching Artists bring the students into the Museum’s galleries and open a dialogue about the art that inspires them. In the studios, students’ work will focus on contemporary art forms, the creative process and teamwork. The public is then invited to view the students’ work at a reception held at the culmination of the intensive three-day weekend.This year we made an installation that addressed teens’ fears about “leaving the nest”, influenced by the style of Cornelia Parker.

Work in Progress
Art All State 2011
Worcester Art Museum/Massachusetts Art Education AssociationCo-teacher, Andy Fish
I was a Teaching Artist at Art All State 2011.Working with 16 professional artists in the Worcester Art Museum’s studios, approximately 150 students collaborate on colossal art installations. Taking advantage of their surroundings, the Teaching Artists bring the students into the Museum’s galleries and open a dialogue about the art that inspires them. In the studios, students’ work will focus on contemporary art forms, the creative process and teamwork. The public is then invited to view the students’ work at a reception held at the culmination of the intensive three-day weekend.This year we made an installation about transformation and tranquility in a turbulent world, influenced by the style of Mona Hatoum and ancient Chinese wood-carving.

 

Studio for Interrelated Media: Art Life and Money


Student Work By: Araba Taylor
DM162: Introduction to Digital Media