Teaching with UCAH | A Toolkit for Interdisciplinary Teaching from University Art Collections
Fuchs, Ronald, II
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From website: "Many colleges across the country possess small but rich art collections that have the potential to expand curricula in dynamic ways across a range of subjects. Such collections often hang on the walls of offices, public buildings, or are hidden away in storage. Collections staff work diligently to engage faculty with the collection, encouraging them to incorporate artworks into their courses. The central mission of Washington and Lee’s University Collections of Art and Art History (UCAH) is to advance learning “through direct engagement with collections, [to] stimulate appreciation of global cultures, and [to] inspire leadership in the arts and sciences.” Often, however, professors outside studio and art history departments shy away from using art in the classroom because they are not sure how to make it relevant to their own disciplinary teaching. We seek to facilitate the cross-disciplinary use of Washington and Lee’s (W&L) art collection by creating a series of multidisciplinary lesson plans focused on objects in the collection. The lessons will cultivate visual literacy abilities to interpret and evaluate the world around us—important tools for student success in any discipline or career field."