Art & Music Department


Click the image above to see a showcase of student work!

Faculty involved: Dr. Ruth Bass, Professor Mary Jo Ben-Nun, Professor Roni Ben-Nun (Group Leader), Professor Jeanine Kelley-Williams, Professor Tami Tanaka-Kuwashima

Courses influenced: Art 15 (Design Basics), Art 21 (Drawing), Art 22 (Painting), and Art 82 (Illustration)

Project Goals:

  • To expand the variety and amount of visual information presented in studio classes;
  • To advance student learning through the use of digital materials shown in class and accessible online (via Blackboard or other means);
  • To create assignments that integrate technology in a way that strengthens traditional artistic principles;
  • To introduce students to technology and help prepare them for upper-level digital arts courses and general instructional technology, like Blackboard;
  • To create a new model for a tech-enhanced classroom.

    Redesigned Art & Music Department Lab Space

Project Outcomes:

  • Expanded scope: resources now available to additional courses (Art, 72, 79, 81, 84, 87, 88, 90, 93, 95, 97) and serving all 250 students in the Digital Arts program;
  • Prior to receiving the Title V grant, the department had struggled with overcrowded computer facilities being used for both teaching and as practice labs. The facility was not designed for a such a use and students had difficulty viewing the boards. The new facility, designed by Professor Belshe, is state-of-the-art and includes: wireless Internet, a SmartBoard, 22 computer stations, and networked printers. The space also allows for critiques and student work-space.
  • Creation of a digital repository of images to use in studio courses which are categorized (genre, medium, topic) and compiled into PPT presentations housed on Blackboard. The ITT (instructional technology tutors) played a key role in expanding and maintaining this project.
  • Creation of new assignments and projects utilizing the technology: using digital cameras to learn about tonality and value; creating frame-by-frame animations with digital camcorders; learning about painting styles through digital presentations; digitizing illustrations and emulating published layouts for student work; and enhancing student conceptual self-portraits and collage work through blending of media.

Future Plans:

  • Upgrading additional classrooms with digital equipment;
  • Integrating e-Portfolio in studio classes;
  • Extending Lab hours with the assistance of Perkins tutors; and
  • Self-evaluation and continued instructor support in utilizing the new equipment.

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