The Center for the Arts has developed two models for pedagogical collaboration between artists and non-artists. A course module is defined as two to four class sessions within an existing course in which the host of the course co-creates the module with an artist (or if the host is an artist, he/she co-creates the curriculum with a non-artist). Modules provide a way for campus presenters to move beyond the typical workshop or master class conducted by visiting artists and introduce artists into the classroom in a structured way.
Sustainable bird blind designed by students in ARST 436: Architecture II
Students are exposed to multiple perspectives through course modules and are afforded the opportunity to experience the research methods of the artist in a non-arts setting, thereby gaining an appreciation of the arts as a valid means of investigating and understanding subject matter. The artists are introduced to new research partners, the non-arts faculty members gain skills they can use in approaching course material, and students who might not otherwise engage with an artist see the arts as a means of exploring a subject in new ways. For the faculty artists who participate, it becomes a way to begin a research collaboration across disciplinary boundaries that can lead to future projects with non-arts faculty colleagues.
While many courses at Wesleyan could contain modules, modules listed below were developed in collaboration with Feet to the Fire.
Gary Yohe, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, and Ann Carlson, Choreographer
Elijah Huge, Associate Professor of Art & Art History
Gina Ulysse, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Printer/bookmaker
Varekamp, Professor and Chair of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and
Tula Telfair, Associate Professor of Art & Art History
Mary Alice Haddad, Assistant Professor of Government, and Eiko Otake, Choreographer/dancer
Felshin, Adjunct Lecturer in Art & Art History, and Suzanne
O'Connell, Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and
Katja Kolcio, Assistant Professor of Dance, and Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies
William Herbst, Professor of Astronomy, and Marion Belanger, Photographer
Barry Chernoff, Professor of Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies
Brian Stewart, Professor of Physics, and Dic Wheeler, Artistic Director of ARTFARM, a local theater company
Nicole Stanton, Associate Professor of Dance, Michael Singer, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Andrea Olsen, Professor and Chair of Middlebury College Dance Department
Nicole Stanton, Associate Professor of Dance
Ron Jenkins, Professor of Theater, and Howard Needler, Professor of College of Letters
Mary Alice Haddad, Associate Professor of Government and Environmental Studies, and Katja Kolcio, Associate Professor of Dance and Environmental Studies