Art and Science Education

The science and art courses that I teach at Olin College have as a central feature encouragement of active learning using a project-based approach. At the same time it is recognized that building knowledge and developing critical and contextual thinking about a discipline or subject area is not simply a process of determining the sources from which information can be found. The courses are structured to provide guidance through challenging subject areas with rubrics, assessments, and individual interactions that provide sufficient feedback on progress and areas of concern. In the studio courses group critiques are central to the learning process. A variety of learning styles are valued and the course material is traversed in non-traditional and traditional ways that encourage reflection as well as building knowledge, high levels of craftsmanship and in developing insights that enable students to develop a unique voice going forward.