May 20, 2022  
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ART 391 - Advanced Fieldwork in Art Education at Dia: Beacon

Semester Offered: Fall and Spring
0.5 unit(s)
The Dia: Beacon-Vassar College program offers a yearlong, immersive fieldwork experience for the study of the Dia collection in the context of the philosophical mission of Dia Art Foundation and its public programming. In the first term, interns focus on the ideas, work, and histories of the individual Dia artists, who were and continue to be some of the most ambitious and pioneering artists of the late 1960s through to the present day. Interns also study the latest advances in museum education: constructivist learning theories vis-à-vis the work of Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and John Dewey; their practical application in art museums; the research being done at other institutions, for example, Harvard University’s Project Zero. In the second term, interns draw from these perspectives in order to design and give tours to school groups, primarily from the Dutchess County public schools. Admission by special permission and limited to no more than 6 students with advanced coursework in contemporary art or education. Students must commit to working four hours each week at Dia on Friday from 11am - 3pm, with a lunch break, and occasional weekends in both the fall and spring terms. Interns report to the Dia:Beacon Arts Education Associate. Molly Nesbit.

Prerequisite(s): Students with advanced coursework in contemporary art or education.

Course Format: INT

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