I admit, I chose to take my Art History class online in the second half of this quarter (starting 2/19) because I was sure it would be a boring course (totally forgetting that being in an art college would make a huge difference…duh!) Unfortunately, the school would not allow my previous art credits to roll over, so this will be my second or third time through. Let me correct that… it will now be my third or fourth time through. No complaints though… repetition is needed with my brain!
However, I am a note taker for a student at the Art Institute (through the Work Study program). This quarter I am taking notes in Jacob Dobson’s Art History class and am finding the note taking a mesmerizing task. I get so caught up in his lectures, which are fascinating, that I have apologized to the student for the massive amounts of notes I am taking. [Let me also mention that the online course and the ground courses are very different. They are even studying different periods in time, so I am going to get a broad art history education this quarter!]
NOTE: Below is a photo of Jacob Dobson. I snagged this off of a photo I found online at http://www.jacobdobson.com/
His outlook on life is also amusing and, I admit, I am in agreement with it so far. (He has a very dim view of our current pop culture and it’s effects upon youthful minds. I really get into his diatribes on the subject, but often wonder what the youthful minds around me are thinking.) Up to now they (and me too… I just don’t have to take the tests) are studying the 1300s-1500s. We sort of side tripped on the whole Rome-during-Michelangelo’s-time, which was quite delightful, in part because he went to Italy last year and gave us first hand experiences with the art pieces. He gets excited about what we are studying and brings a new perspective to things I have seen in books for years.
In addition to being trained in painting, he is also a scuptor. Being more of a 2D artist, I find that intriguing. Last week he showed us the steps taken in creating this life sized statue of a child that was commissioned from him, and it gave me a new appreciation of bronze sculptures.
Check out his blog and the huge doorway called “Articles of Faith” that he is in the beginning stages of creating! It is already creating a stir and 2 of the panels are in a traveling art exhibit.
Needless to say, in the 3 quarters I have been here at this school, I have been quite pleased with the overall level of instructors! A totally different experience than IUPUI in that the training is relevant, current, and personal, in addition to having teachers who are “doing” as well as teaching.