an easel or table, but Terry Martin, William Woods University professor of art,
noticed the public studio could be a bit intimidating for a beginning artist.
students could also set up a home studio and benefit from the accessibility of
the space at home, much the same as he does.
created two online art classes for traditional and nontraditional
Wen, associate academic dean in charge of distance education, and Dr. Susan
Jones, assistant professor of education, worked closely with Martin to develop
Internet-based basic design and art appreciation courses.
quality” of the curricula.
courses. Martin uploads PowerPoint presentations that take the place of daily
lectures. Assignments are posted, and
students are expected to upload digital images of their work, accompanied by
through forums, something that Martin sees as a major benefit to the online
classroom. They feel freer to type
online,” he said.
some of the students have come to Kemper Arts Center to show off their work,
ask for guidance and tour the art studios.
create an online art class based on a dream.
country,” he said. “The fact that
students come from different backgrounds is helpful, and it is good to embrace
particular area. Creativity creates a
respect for values, beliefs and cultures of others. This is enhanced by students seeing from as
many points of view as possible.”
required students to upload photos to Facebook.
classes have received affirmative responses from students.
final pieces, as well as pictures of their progression.
students explore art in their own way,” Martin said.
higher education, and students will eventually be able to earn their degrees by
taking courses from various schools to build the program of study of their
direction. Computers are becoming a
major creative tool, and art is becoming digital as technology quickly
necessary to create is not the case,” he said.