Tara Law Campbell is a visual artist / arts educator currently on the faculty at the South Shore Arts Center. She is certified to teach Art Ed. for grades K-12. Tara has also taught at College Academy at Stone Hill College, The Scituate Montessori School, The Quincy Art Association and numerous after school programs. Recently Tara received grants from the Arts Lottery Councils in Gloucester, Plymouth and Wareham for her public art project from Cape Ann to Cape Cod. She has received commissions from First Night Boston and created sculptures for Environmental Arts. Tara is interested in using new technology and art education to increase awareness and involve the public in environmental and public art projects.
The possibilities for weaving time based technology generated by computer software and the World Wide Web into established and potential lessons intrigues me. As an artist /educator I see the World Wide Web as a facilitator for projects that integrate educational outreach between existing environmental organizations, the public and the schools. With the use of a scanner and photoshop software, ideas that have been maximized in one of the traditional mediums can be extended with multiple variations. Traditionally art curriculum guidelines have been generalized in order to allow for the unique teaching styles and areas of expertise of the art teacher. Teachers that can incorporate technological knowledge into their curriculum will be an asset to the current generation.
Marshal McLuhan said" The medium is the message" meaning a new environment has been created by the integration of a medium into our lives and society. Images of computers and cellphones make appearances in the youngest children's art work, already defining their generation. As artists we interpret life, as teachers of students who from kindergarten on have been engaged with computer generated images, computers in the art classroom seem a natural extension. The way we assimilate information on the World Wide Web has a mosaic quality which is very different from the linear thinking that has predominated education prior to this technology. Some lessons for students will need to be redesigned or uniquely created in order to make full use of this difference. My passion for traditional mediums in a classroom could never be replaced; but if technological advances are embraced standards in classrooms can not help but be revitalized.
Art education should be available to all ages and all economic backgrounds. Alienation between the public and artists who create public art projects is largely do to lack of communication and art historical perspective. Incorporating new technology and art education into public art projects will help reverse this disenchantment.
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