Community Research Service Learning
Visual & Public Art 317

Professor Stephanie A. Johnson

Community Research Service Learning
for Music Majors-
Music & Performing Art 317

   The main focus of this course is the role of music and musicians in society. The secondary theme is the use of music in after-school programs as a vehicle to promote equality and social justice. Thus, many of the issues that students will be asked to reflect upon relate to the following questions:

  • What is the role of music and musicians in society?
  • What is the history of social activism in music?
  • What is the reality of the access to music education in our community?
  • What are the ethical issues that musicians should be aware of in carrying out their profession?
  • How does the presence or absence of a music program reflect on the privileged status of the target population?
  • What are the necessary components for a successful after-school music program?

Large-scale Digital Mural Design-   
Visual & Public Art 306
     Students work with digital approach to mural/public art project development including analysis of sites, conceptualization of ideas, collaboration, Photoshop, Illustrator, and reproduction. This course is designed to meet the University Learning Requirements (ULR's) for Creative/Artistic Expression, Community Participation, and Service Learning in the major. The class works with specific communities through which they develop their ability to identify the nature of audience and how to create works that communicate to diverse audiences. This involves in depth research and the collection of relevant archival and current materials and images.
Major Pro Seminar- Visual & Public Art 300
    The Major Pro Seminar is a learning experience for juniors and seniors majoring in the Visual and Public Arts Program (VPA). This course will provide you with the information and skills that will enable you to fulfill the specific major learning outcomes for this program. Additionally, we will be exploring opportunities in the field of visual and public art through a combination of learning experiences, presentations by visiting professionals in the field, hands-on creative projects, contemporary theoretical writings, case studies, and assignments. Projects will use both individual and collaborative working methodologies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the philosophy of public art and its place in the contemporary visual arts field. The class will work together as a student cohort and with Professor Johnson to develop individual learning plans that will guide students in assessing past coursework from other colleges and choosing future learning experiences at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Throughout the semester students will be encouraged to examine their own cultural heritages and beliefs as they formulate and refine their intellectual and ethical points of view regarding contemporary issues such as; ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

Visual Arts for Teachers-  Visual & Public Art 312
       Visual Arts for Teachers is a class that will examine the context for learning, the aspects of cognition and creativity that relate to the teaching of art, and the aspects of teaching pedagogy and curriculum in the arts. The class will help students to gain an understanding of contemporary arts through a multicultural approach to hands-on activities, curriculum development, and small group projects in community arts settings. There will be an emphasis on integrating arts into the curriculum.

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