Will I get college credit for this course?
No, you will work with your home high school to get high school level credit for the course. Past participants have gotten art, 1/2 science 1/2 art and independent study or internship credit for the class.
You will need to work with your school to determine what they need from me, the teacher, in order to grant you credit. The course will be delivered and graded within the Haiku learning system, so I will be able to deliver any level of detail your teacher needs in order to satisfy your district requirements. Teachers will receive a parent account in Haiku which will allow them to monitor your progress within the course. I will send your sponsoring teacher a report on your progress halfway through the course and at the end.
Will this course be like my art class at school?
Most likely not. While the course is essentially an art class with an exhibition as its final goal, we will do very few studio activities during class sessions. The class sessions are designed to give you ideas and inspiration from other contemporary artists, from the science and social science of environmentalism, and from your fellow students.
Do I need studio art skills to be part of this class?
No. All students with any level of art making experience are welcome. Even if you are not an experienced artist, you will have many options for participating in the final exhibition. On the flip side, if you intend to apply to art school, an exhibition at the Wexner Center won’t be a shabby way to start out!
What will this program cost me?
Nothing – except a lot of time and hard work! We are able to offer the program free to all students thanks to our generous funders. In addition, we will provide you all books and materials free of charge, you will receive either free parking on campus or a daily COTA bus pass to help offset your transportation costs, and you will have the opportunity to apply for funding to cover the costs of your final art project. I will ask you to fill out a lengthy survey on the last day of the course – through that, and good work along the way, you will contribute to our ability to secure future funding for the program.
However, there is one thing you must have access to on your own in order to succeed in this course: reliable internet access. Major portions of the course will be delivered entirely online and you must be able to access the online course regularly in order to succeed. If this is an issue for you, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your options.
Are there a lot of reading requirements for the course?
Yes! Reading a novel by Margaret Atwood (either Oryx and Crake or The Year of the Flood) is a really essential part of the class. Also, you will have assigned online readings every week about contemporary artists or environmental issues. These are really important so that you can gather up great ideas for your final project. You will also have a textbook about environmental issues (probably WorldChanging) that will also serve as a source of ideas for you. You should be a curious and avid researcher to get the most out of this experience.
Do you have more questions?
Please don’t hesitate to call Shelly Casto at 614.688.3986 or email her at email@example.com.