This year the Department of Art has had to adapt our instructional methods to the world of a pandemic. What you might not realize is that the area technicians and other staff worked tirelessly last summer and throughout the year to ensure the safety of students, staff and faculty if they were meeting in person for classes. Over half of the classes in the UMN Department of Art offered at least some in person instruction this year.
Just look at the ways the Department of Art has been able to keep being curious and making art.
Spaced-out workstations and reduced room capacities:
Who moved those ceramics wheels all over Regis East anyway?
Using Influx (our large lecture hall) for in-person classes:
For Kevin Obsatz and the Intro to Moving Image students, distance is no barrier to great learning. As usual, no one wants to sit in the front row.
Brandon Chambers and Tetsuya Yamada have their ceramics demo system all worked out.
Screens in classrooms:
How do you get one instructor in two (or more) classrooms at the same time? Video monitors! Here students in Intermediate Printmaking follow along as they learn stone lithography from Jenny Schmid.
Selfie sticks and phone cameras:
Chotsani Elaine Dean from Ceramics is strong with the selfie-stick mojo, here using it to document Erin Brockmeier who is in turn documenting a ceramics piece.
Personal Protective Equipment:
Is that Jenny Schmid from Printmaking under all of that?
Here Wil Christensen demonstrates how we Gophers keep sanitized.
And they made their own green-screen set up! Where are they (virtually) running to, do you suppose? And with whom?
Mathew Zefeldt’s painting students met two days a week via Zoom and two days a week in the painting studios where they could take advantage of the (well-ventilated) studio environment and get direct feedback on their work. Notice how Austin Peterson stays within the yellow lines on the floor marking out everyone's personal space.
Look who was at the Super Staff meeting last week! Some of us were working from home, some working in the Regis Center for Art, yet we (and many of our pets) all came together thanks to video conferencing software.
Making Virtual Art:
...both at home and in person. Here Sumayo Salah sculpts a virtual masterpiece in VR.
Continuing with what we always do:
Chris Larson’s and Kristina Estell’s Intro to Sculpture classes were able to pour some hot aluminum in the foundry this year.
Of course, we wore our masks:
Intro to Ceramics students Mikaela Morris and Analia Kroonblawd wear them like they’ve never not
And throughout it all, in person or not, students made art!
Wren Friedrich not only made all of those colorful prints, but attached them all, one at a time, to the Regis West wall!
Thanks to the Art Staff and everyone else in the Department of Art who made this year so successful!