Voice Lessons: One Potter's Thoughts
I am a member of the art faculty, the potter. I would rather be in the studio making pots than doing almost any thing else. As the years have gone by here I have made myself find more and more time to do just that. It is important to me that our art students know their professors as artists, not just teachers.
Writing is an essential part of communication. Without good writing people will not be as successful at sharing their ideas, thoughts, and concerns and proving their beliefs. Artists must be able to write for they will be asked to explain their work, make statements about their work and must also be self-promoting.
I require almost all of my students to write. They write critiques about the artwork of the peers and critiques of art exhibits they see on campus. When I take my Art Ed students off campus for micro-teaching experiences, they write feedback about those events. I find their writing hard to grade so I generally don't. Voice Lessons has taught me that is ok. I am a strong advocate of low-stakes writing, writing that is the impetus for helping students learn to think and express. Low-stakes writing does not carry with it a heavy grade impact.
I am always eager to visit with colleagues about improving the quality of education we offer at UTM. Too often we get into our little cubicles and leave the rest of the academy outside. We need more programs like Voice Lessons on this campus to help build bridges from one discipline to the next.
Who We Are
Read samples of writing from past faculty participant's seminars.