About FTC™

FTC EquationFTC™ is a balanced approach to exploring the form + theme + context of an artwork (as well as other phenomena).  It is an easily accessible methodology that helps individuals create as well as understand complex layers of meaning in visual language while developing higher-order thinking skills and delving into deeper interdisciplinary engagement.

  • As we explore form, or how the work “is,” we discern the artist’s many structural decisions embedded in the creative process that lead to a final product.
  • As we examine theme, or what the work is aboutwe examine what the artist expresses through a selected overarching concept or “Big Idea” that reveals the artist’s expressive viewpoint connecting art to life
  • As we investigate context(s), or when, where, by/for whom and why the art was created (and valued), we comprehend the authentic nature of the artwork by probing the conditions for and under which the art was created and valued, considering the work under present conditions from our perspective in contemporary, as well as those of foreign and older cultures.


Field applications of Sandell’s FTC™ include museums, high school classrooms and universities as well as other learning sites for diverse audiences.

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