As a graduate student, College of Idaho art professor Garth Claassen once spent a summer taking a class at Yale University, where he spent his days visiting the extensive galleries of the Yale Center for British Art.
Now an art educator himself, Claassen will return to New Haven, Connecticut from July 24-28 to attend a special week-long seminar designed to provide new context to teaching European art history.
“What’s really nice about it is you get to talk about these issues in a way that’s more like a graduate school level,” Claassen said about the upcoming seminar. “You’re talking with experienced teachers who have got their Ph.D. It’s a real professional development opportunity, a way of providing us with a network we can connect with for support and new ideas.”
The seminar, organized annually by the Council of Independent Colleges as part of its “Teaching European Art in Context” series, is designed for faculty members from smaller colleges and universities as a way to introduce new techniques and perspectives for their undergraduate art history classes. Claassen is one of 25 professors selected from around the country to participate.
“Strengthening the teaching of art history at colleges and universities — many of which have limited faculty resources in art history — is critical,” CIC President Richard Ekman said. “The seminar will have significant value for the faculty members who participate, the colleagues with whom they will share their new knowledge, and the students who enroll in their courses.”
Each year, the CIC holds the seminar in different locations with different topics. This year, the seminar will be hosted at Yale and led by Tim Barringer, chairman of Yale’s art department. The faculty will explore “Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States (1770-1914),” which will include classes…