the museum of modern art × coursera

my blind contour of van gogh’s starry night

Giving online courses a go and signed up for Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art on Coursera. We’ve just finished week two and it’s been going well. What I’ve enjoyed most so far has been the readings assigned each week which has introduced me to a few more current authors and their research along with the opportunity to revisit some well known education writers. Have been trying out Evernote and Notability for the PDFs but reckon I still prefer holding the articles on paper and being able to write, draw and colour over them. As for the videos, they’re informative but missing that connection of a real person sharing their knowledge and passion with you and feels more like you’re being talked at. The forums are overloaded and you just have to pick and choose where to look and engage. It’s a different kind of dialogue. A great positive of the course is that it’s free, which I find pretty amazing. There was the option of joining Coursera’s Signature Track for a fee to get a verified certificate but I’m putting that towards other learning funds, perhaps grad school…though that amount is merely a drop, if a drop at all, in the bucket ; ). I’m taking the coming year to explore learning + arts in community spaces and this has provided me a glimpse into museum education.

Any notable online courses you’ve taken or come across? I’m considering some design classes on Skillshare for the upcoming months and will see what other offerings are on Coursera.

uncover/discover day two

Workshop day!

A lot of offerings with seven sessions in each of the three slots that day. Went with a printing theme starting off with printing on clay with Zoe Coughlan, my cyanotype workshop and then drypoint etching with Michelle Anderson. Attending the workshops was a good reminder of what it is like for my students when they are in art class and leading a workshop continues to teach me about the craft. It’s hard not to rush through content and info to get to the making. Inspired by the sharing and process of learning together and left with new ideas and techniques to try out.

uncover/discover ARARTE hong kong day one

The sixth Asia Region Art Educators conference was hosted in Hong Kong this past weekend by the amazing art educators at Hong Kong International School.  It was lovely to re-connect with so many people from previous ARARTE and EARCOS conferences and to meet new educators as ARARTE continues to grow.

museum visit–The Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards is currently on at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.  Of all the previous ones I’ve been to, this is by far the most engaging body of work. The art scene is moving in such an interesting direction and museum visits with fellow art educators is just full of conversation and fun. Go see it!


SCAD tour and workshop–I had been wanting to visit SCAD since they opened in Hong Kong in 2010 as the building was previously the North Kowloon Magistracy and old Hong Kong is fascinating. They did a beautiful job conserving and highlighting a piece of history–something HK definitely needs more of.  Their professors hosted several workshops for our group. Had the pleasure of hearing Derek Black, the graphic design prof, speak on cultivating creativity.  He talked about how we as educators tell our stories to create connections and facilitate change. Where is it that you draw inspiration from? Where does your research stem?  What is it that we experience, observe and record? One thing that resonated with me the most was his emphasis on making.  As art educators, we consistently dialogue about the practice of our own art making (or often the lack of) and balancing that with teaching. What is your source of creative output? How do we and should we emphasize the process that encourages the journey–with both failures and successes, that lead to the discovery of unexpected things?

                                Find your identity in the process of making. –Derek Black


city photography walk–Led by André Eichman around Sham Shui Po, there is much to spot in the city when you take the time to look.