Teaching from Objects
Education has been the central mission of the Davison Art Center since it was founded more than half a century ago, and the DAC continues to serve teaching and learning in new ways. Wesleyan courses in a wide range of disciplines use the collection for class viewings and research assignments.
Some aspects of teaching and learning from objects at the DAC involve extensive student work with the collection. This behind-the-scenes exploration of the museum's holdings can be guided by class assignments or can take place in connection with individual research projects developed by undergraduates and their faculty mentors.
Rich possibilities for discovery arise when Wesleyan students explore the museum collection by working directly with original objects. The object becomes a vital force extending back to the maker. Was the print before one intended to disseminate another person's ideas? To spur a critical view of society? To explore a painter's own ideas in a new printmaking medium?