Professors Use Traditional Methods, Technology to Teach Art

William Woods University art professors Paul Clervi and Terry Martin are using technology to teach students in Oklahoma via e-mail.

A former student, Audrey Schmitz, is an instructor of ceramics, sculpture and art history, as well as director of the Eleanor Hays Gallery, at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Okla. Schmitz earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from William Woods in 1979.

After exhibiting her own work in the Mildred Cox Gallery on the William Woods campus last spring, Schmitz spoke to Martin and Clervi about a display of their pieces in her gallery.

Over the weekend the WWU duo transported 60 works of art to Schmitz’s school, including stone lithographs, engravings, drawings, watercolors, acrylic, oil and tempera paintings by Martin, as well as three dimensional sculpture works in bronze, stone, wood and ceramic by Clervi.

Following the viewing of the original works, students at the college are invited to e-mail the William Woods art professors to ask questions about the diverse media and art forms.

As a first step, Martin created a Power Point presentation to illustrate his oil painting method and stone lithography process and sent it by e-mail to Schmitz, who plans to share the illustrated e-mail with her students.