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Pittsburg State University Department of Art


Rhona Shand

on 3 December 2014

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Transcript of Pittsburg State University Department of Art

We ALL have CREATIVE side,
and it can flourish if you spawn a culture to encourage it,
one that embraces risks and wild ideas and tolerance the occasional failure.
General Education Courses
and Two Art Minor Options
1 Research &Understand
2 Observe
3 Visualize
4 Evaluate and refine
5 Implement
We've seen it happen everyday.
Application of Ideas
Critical Thinking
Self Cultivation
Cognitive Organization
Outside Content
Welcome to the Department of Art!
Rhona McBain
Associate Professor
Department of Art Major
Are "innovation" and "creativity"
the same thing?
The term "creativity" is more often
associated with the arts.
Business and technology folks
use the term "innovation"
S. Portico Bowman, Associate Professor
Josie Mai, Assistant Professor
Malcolm E. Kucharski, Associate Professor
James M. Oliver, Jr., Associate Professor
Marjorie K. Schick, University Professor
Li-Lin Tseng, Assistant Professor
Emi Gennis, Assistant Professor
Janet Lewis - Instructor
Kyle Mckenzie - Instructor
Deann Norris - Instructor
Teaching the skill set for
PSU Art Emphasis Areas and Careers
We like to call it...
Many businesses and universities have started to catch on that "Innovation" and "Creativity" required the same type of
Interdisciplinary Projects
and Presentations
Eight Courses
focused specifically on
Student Professional Development
Strong Introductory Foundation
during Student's
Freshman and Sophomore Years
Personalized Departmental Advisement
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Professional four year degree program intended to provide foundational
art skills and attitudes for entry into the art related job market
or satisfy entrance requirements for graduate programs
The Innovative Process
Steve Jobs
W.L. Gore & Associates - Gore-Tex fabrics
Gore encourages its associates to spend some of their time -- typically around 10% -- on speculative new ideas with NO guidelines.
Carnegie Mellon's - Entertainment Technology Center (ETC-Global)
Program that fosters leadership in education and research that combines technology and fine arts to create new processes, tools, and vision for storytelling and entertainment.
Leonardo da Vinci
Scientific studies, Anatomy, Engineering and Inventions
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
Academics Success
Career Choices
Long-Term Plans
Personal Development
Engage and educate individual students to define and achieve their academic, career, and life goals and to progress toward their full potential
College and Life Goals
Cat's Letterpress
PSU Concrete Art!
PSU Toy Design

Active Professionals Advancing Artistic Disciplines
•45-50 students with a minor in Fine Art

•75 students with a minor in Commercial Art.

•Support courses for technology, humanities, general education, and teacher education programs.
•80 undergraduate majors
•Student/faculty ratio is approximately 15 to 1.
•Sixty art courses and many independent study and special topic courses.
•Specialized equipment including cutting edge digital media lab, smart technologies, photographic lighting and labs, printing presses, jewelry lab, ceramic kilns and pottery wheels.
An overall look at
Community Involvement
in class projects
University and Harry Krug Galleries
Active Student Art Organizations
Expectation of Exhibiting and
Professional Development Activities
Participation in
Community Events
PSU Art & Auto!
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