upper school art Cohort

About the cohort

  • 10 monthly virtual meetings, each approximately 60-90 minutes in length. These will include a brief presentation of a key topic followed by discussion. There will also be brief presentations of the artwork on which each participant has been working over the previous month(s). 
  • Homework includes making artwork and readings. The readings will not be more than 1 – 2 hours; the time required for making artwork is completely up to the artist!
  • Open dialogue to discuss issues, questions, failures and victories.
  • Resources, readings, critiques (upon request)
  • Access to Matt as mentor as needed or requested.
  • The opportunity to meet and encourage others who are co-laborers in the world of teaching art.

Workflow: I plan for each meeting to follow a similar order. Depending on the number in the cohort, we’ll take time to look at and speak about each other’s artwork. This is important as I see it as the source from which teaching art flows. After this we will discuss the reading assigned for the month. And finally we will share successes and failures with an eye towards improvement.

Meeting Dates and Times: 2nd Thursday of each month running from September through June. Each  90 minute meeting will begin at 7:30 EST.

Meet Your Cohort Leader​

Matthew Clark has been teaching art (and other things) in Christian classical schools for 20 years. He has taught art at every level from Kindergarten through the University level. Currently he teaches at The Geneva School in sunny Central Florida. He has an MFA in Printmaking and a BFA in Drawing and Painting. Matt can be found with his wife and seven children where they are occupied with ducks, chickens, dogs, fish, assorted reptiles and broken-down trucks. They are members of St Alban’s Anglican Cathedral in Oviedo, FL. His artwork can be seen at www.StLukesAttic.com and on Instagram @stlukesattic.
Matthew clark
Art Teacher, The Geneva School

Syllabus

Introductions and showing artwork. Not all need to participate in showing artwork each time; however, everyone should show work at some point. Identify specific issues to watch out for as the year progresses.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – Why Art Cannot be Taught by James Elkins ch.1 Histories. Share successes and frustrations from the month.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – Selection from Teaching Art: A Vision for Music and Art in Christian Education, Ty Fischer, ed. Share successes and frustrations from the month.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – Life Studies: What I Learned When I Learned to Draw by Adam Gopnik June 27, 2011 Issue of The New Yorker. Share successes and frustrations from the month.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – How Modern Art Became Trapped by its Urge to Shock by Roger Scruton. Share successes and frustrations from the month.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – Selection from Teaching Art: A Vision for Music and Art in Christian Education, Ty Fischer, ed. Share successes and frustrations from the month.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – TBD Share successes and frustrations from the month.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – TBD Share successes and frustrations from the month.

Show artwork and discuss/critique (if requested). Reading Discussion – TBD Share successes and frustrations from the month.

TOTAL COST

Upper school art cohort

$ 2,499
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
  • Monthly Payment Options Available

Joining a cohort

In order to keep group sizes small, and maximize effectiveness, groups are limited in size (typically 10-12) and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are asked to commit to the work and engagement involved.
 
Due to the limited size, some individuals will be waitlisted until there are enough applicants to form a new group. Also, a minimum of six participants are needed for each group to make.

Questions?

Please reach out to Sarah Spencer at sarah@societyforclassicallearning.org