My work in education focuses on the intersection of design-as-craft and the creation of culturally-conscious work with an emphasis on redesigning the ongoing conversation that is our shared visual culture. In design, visual expression is informed by an understanding of history, language, symbols, patterns, and image aesthetics—this ongoing conversation must include all voices, and my classes challenge students to express their voice and participate. My design classes are based on the studio-model: evolution and process are the main driver. The dynamic situation of studio-critique and peer-review creates a shared community, where one of the main outcomes of a successful class is a shared meaningful experience—if we (I) do not model and provide active commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility then the outcome cannot spark the necessary student curiosity, interest, and shifts in perspective.

We live in a time that points to the possibilities of a future of equality and regeneration. It is critical for design students to embody the skills and habits-of-mind the current world requires: competent, yet humble, open but committed, empathetic and self-aware. At Baruch, I teach critical thinking through the artist’s toolbox—critique, identity, community, self-reflection focused on mastery, lifelong learning, joy—this approach directly addresses the context of “right now,” the social imagination needed to design the future. After all, change is certain.

My work in education focuses on the intersection of design-as-craft and the creation of culturally-conscious work with an emphasis on redesigning the ongoing conversation that is our shared visual culture. In design, visual expression is informed by an understanding of history, language, symbols, patterns, and image aesthetics—this ongoing conversation must include all voices, and my classes challenge students to express their voice and participate.

My experience as an artist and designer offers teachable insights, particularly on the relationship between artists and criticism, and the ability to reflectively and dynamically critique developing artwork. Class sessions model curiosity and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. My classes are based on the studio-model: evolution and process are the main driver, and the outcome of critique sparks student curiosity, interest, and shifts in perspective. This dynamic situation of critique and peer-review creates a shared community, where one of the main outcomes of a successful class is a shared meaningful experience.

Content is woven around history, current critical theory and semiotics, and exposure to diverse representation, as well as practical application of art and design process. Design is much more than a visual medium—it is fundamentally a human communication channel and invention tool. I use the classroom as a laboratory—change is present there as the environment changes. For me, the task is to meet each and every students’ desire for education, and to transform their perception and expectation of education and learning that is in synthesis with their individuality, life experience, values, and ambitions.

COURSES INCLUDE

•Typography: History and Application
•Basic Graphic Communication: Design and Advertising Layout
•Intermediate Graphic Communication: Publication Design
•Personal Brand: Portfolios and the Business of Graphic Design
•Internship/Independent Study Mentor and Supervisor
•Capstone: Design and Photography in Theory and Practice

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

•"Secrets from the Design Studio: Techniques to Make Your Graphic Design Sing!", 2020 and 2021 The Program for Visual Arts Education, Hunter College/CUNY, New York, NY

•"Eat Your Vegetables: Sneaking in Conceptual Thinking during Technical Instruction", Design Incubation, Kean University, Union, NJ, 2016.
•"Short Tales from Foundation Practice", CAA College Art Association, New York, NY, 2013.

EDUCATOR TRAINING/CERTIFICATION

2022, Selected as one of 8 Open Education and Publishing Institute Faculty Fellows, GC Digital Initiatives and the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center
2022, Inclusive Pedagogy Seminar, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
2021, CUNY Online Teaching Essentials Course, Center for Teaching and Learning/CTL
2021, UDL and Accessiblity Workshop, Center for Teaching and Learning/CTL
2021, Teaching and Learning in an Online Environment, Design Incubation Seminar
2018, Active Learning Seminar Course, Center for Teaching and Learning/CTL
2018, Learner Agency, Modern Learners Seminar
2011, Certification in hybrid/online instruction. Information Design Development/course in Blackboard Development, CUNY

 

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