LARA BULLOCK           

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY      

My Introduction to Art History course was a class that determined the rest of my life. The lure of investigating the artistic achievements of various cultures, as well as the chance to apply this knowledge through interpretation, was intoxicating. I looked forward to spending my evenings in the library stacks reading about yamato-e painting, Justinian and Theodora, Beatus manuscripts, and combine paintings. However, I am aware that not everyone shares this interest in cultures of the past as they are presented in a typical survey text. Therefore, additional methods and techniques, in addition to the traditional lecture course, are essential not only to sustain the interest of students enrolling in a required course, but also in order to facilitate broader and deeper understanding of various cultures and their aesthetic output.

When teaching at an art school, it is important to acknowledge that the students are pursuing their own creative abilities and are thus engaged with the artworld from a contemporary perspective. Therefore, it is important to make art history contextual. My first experience teaching at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago was unforgettable. Initially, the students were weary of spending three hours a week in a class exploring "old stuff." As an instructor, I viewed this as a challenge instead of as a disparaging remark about the course. Therefore, class took place not only in the classroom, but also in the museum. We read poetry and analyzed it in the context of Grecian vase painting and philosophical beliefs and I gave them homework assignments to find contemporary knock-offs of important art historical artworks in the context of greater Chicago. The form of the class involved slide lectures, but also music, films, and literature. In the end, I felt that the class was successful. Both I, as well as the students, emerged with a nuanced understanding of historical art and its effects and permutations within its original historical context as well as in the context of contemporary culture. Judging by their projects and classroom dialogue, the students were thoroughly engaged, inspired, and challenged by the "old stuff" that they initially dreaded.

Finally, teaching needs to be an exchange between different points of view. Instruction involves listening as much as speaking. During the first day of class, I like to have a discussion with students in order to find out their own unique interests, why they enrolled in the course, and what they hope to gain from it. With this knowledge, I then try to cater the course to accommodate the specific group of students so that they will be encouraged to communicate their distinct knowledge and backgrounds, while maintaining adherence to the more general core curricula outlined in the syllabus. This allows students to engage with the subject matter in light of their various backgrounds. Just as art is not a homogenous entity, neither are the individuals that engage in its production and investigation. By encouraging a dialogue between students and the instructor, the history of art becomes a rigorous, interesting, and relevant subject, which is an invaluable asset to any classroom.    

 

2013                                        Reader, Arts of Japan, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2013                                        Associate Instructor, Formations of Modern Art: Street Art & Graffiti                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2013                                        Instructor, Art Through The Ages: Greek & Roman Art                      
                                               University of California, San Diego
Extension                                 

2013                                        Reader, Arts of China, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego
                                 

2012                                        Reader, Arts of Japan, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2012                                        Teaching Assissant, The Message: The Rise and Globalization of Hiphop, Camille Forbes                  
                                               University of California, San Diego           

2012                                        Teaching Assissant, Dwelling-Designing Equality, Nancy Kwak                  
                                               University of California, San Diego

2011                                        Teaching Assissant, A History of Time: Time in Modern Society, Stefan Tanaka                   
                                               University of California, San Diego

2011                                        Teaching Assissant, Society of the Spectacle, Charles Thorpe                   
                                               University of California, San Diego

2010                                        Adjunct Instructor, History of Western Art                   
                                               Southwestern College, San Diego

2010                                        Teaching Assissant, Writing and the Arts of Memory, Catherina Gere                    
                                               University of California, San Diego

2010                                        Teaching Assissant, Introduction to Asian Art, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2010                                        Reader, Roman Art, Sheldon Nodelman                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Modern Art and Visual Culture: 1660-1900, Norman Bryson                      
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assissant, Arts of Modern China, Kuiyi Shen                     
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to the History of Art, Ancient to Modern, Ann Woods                      
                                               University of California, San Diego

2009                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Asian Art, Kuiyi Shen                      
                                               University of California, San Diego
                 
2008                                        Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Modern Art and Visual Culture: 1660-1900, Norman Bryson
                                               University of California, San Diego          

2007- 2008                               Adjunct Instructor, History of Western Art I                                       
                                               Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
                                                                                                                                                 
2006                                        Teaching Assistant, Issues in Visual and Critical Studies, James Elkins
                                               School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2006                                        Instructor, Survey of Ancient to Modern Art and Architecture                       
                                               School of the Art Institute of Chicago
                 
2005                                        Teaching Assistant, Survey of Ancient to Modern Art and Architecture, Daniel Merkle
                                               School of the Art Institute of Chicago