FTC at Universities*

Using FTC™ to Enhance Decoding and Encoding Art in a Course on Contemporary Studio Practices and Theory

by Professor Susan Bickford, Adjunct Professor Visual & Electronic Art, University of Maine Augusta/Associate Graduate Faculty, University of Maine Orono/ Adjunct Faculty New Media, Maine College of Art

Susan Bickford writes: New video from my class this fall, 7 institutions in 14 weeks: an incomplete tour of the Maine Art Scene and employing FTC Palette and sustained looking. Thank you NAEA SummerVision, Renee and Carole! https://vimeo.com/113751513


Art/Write in the Museum!

by Chelsea Farrar, M.A.  Assistant Curator of Education University of Arizona Museum of Art 

Chelsea Farrar writes: My research has looked at high school educators who were using visual art to teach writing. I discovered though interviewing three high school educators, as well as a literature review of current art-based interdisciplinary approaches, that this type of teaching helped students learn to analyze and critically think about what they see. Through this research, I created a website called art/write for the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, AZ. Before I designed the website, I interviewed educators on possible ways to teach writing using the arts, and the FTC model was one suggested method. Teachers responded that they saw great potential in using the FTC model because it matched closely with the analysis process they teach both in history as well as in literature classes. The FTC model was described as a good student-based learning tool that could help structure their analysis of a work of art, potentially leading to a well organized and in-depth piece of writing.
Example: See Writing Exercise using Persuasive- Interpretation
An artworks’ meaning is often created from a combination of formal elements (such as color), theme and context. Record the qualities of form, theme, and context that you see in Jiménez’s sculpture, Man on Fire on the “FTC™ Palette”.  Summarize the meaning/s of the sculpture in a short essay citing the visual evidence to support your conclusions.
* “Form+Theme+Context”  and “FTC” are trademarks of Renee Sandell and are used with permission.
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