Congratulations to our colleagues who designed and taught the classes in which students developed the artifacts selected for the Student View exhibition, now in the Ferst Center for the Arts (until January 31) and then moving to the Woodruff Art Center (1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309) for one… Continue reading
The Student View exhibition currently on display at the Ferst Center for the Arts is entering its final week. Last Wednesday, January 18th, students whose work was selected for the exhibition were honored in a private reception followed by a public screening of student films. We had an impressive turnout: More than 50 people attended the reception, and more than 100 came to the screening!
As a collaboration between the Writing and Communication Program and the Ferst Center for the Arts, Student View is, to our knowledge, the first exhibition of its kind in the country, displaying student works produced in composition and English studies classrooms in a professional art gallery that’s open to the public. The exhibition features a wide variety of artifacts displayed in five categories: Collage, Mosaic, Digital Media, Poster Art, and Film. Continue reading
To cap off my introductory week with my new 1102 students I decided to do a field trip. The general trajectory of my first week was a sort of “show not tell” conceptual introduction to the course (with the incredibly important yet always boring syllabus day in the middle). In… Continue reading
Where can you see a film protesting lint, a new vision of Monet’s beloved Giverny, a self-portrait made up of thousands of tiny images and words, a concrete poem that turns Zadie Smith’s White Teeth into an enormous pair of lips, and the ferocious grace of local skydivers? MOMA? The Tate Modern? The Musée D’Orsay? Look no further than the Ferst Center for the Arts, just around the corner from Skiles. And the artists? No, they aren’t here in residence from other institutions; they are our students and they rock.
How many times have we been blown away by our students’ creativity and talent when we ask them to do work that pushes the boundaries of traditional first-year composition assignments? Each year, more than 4,000 Georgia Tech students enroll in our English 1101 and 1102 courses. Many of them create artistic pieces that not only satisfy the written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal components of communication, but far surpass our expectations of a given assignment. Continue reading
One of the pleasures of being a teacher is seeing the often surprisingly varied, original work that students produce—particularly on projects that may seem challenging to us (“Will they grasp the assignment’s complexities? Is this too much to ask of freshmen?”), and to them (“How will I get this done?!”). Often in LCC courses, we ask our students to “Think Big,” and encourage them to do so with assignments that are creative, challenging, and broadly conceived (that is, we don’t spoon-feed them a specific essay topic or conventional, straightforward assignment outline). Continue reading