A discussion between two art college presidents about the critical role of foundation courses for students has spawned a comparative teaching effort between Columbus College of Art & Design and China Academy of Art.
Dennison Griffith, CCAD president, and Xu Jiang, president of CAA, and Song Jianming, vice president of CAA, met during CCAD’s 2011 visit to Shanghai and Hangzhou art schools. The leaders’ discussion has evolved into a shared e-classroom for first-year drawing students in Columbus and Hangzhou for spring semester 2012. A joint exhibition of the final course work is set for this fall on the CAA campus in Hangzhou, China.
Instructors from the two schools, located on opposite sides of the globe, use a blog to their course structure and weekly lesson guides, along with their philosophies about how to teach specific components. Student work from each lesson is uploaded for critique by both sides to review the teaching approach and results. In Ohio, 18 students in each of CCAD drawing instructor Joe Lombardo’s two Figure and Anatomy drawing classes are participating. (Follow the week-by-week assignments and progression of Lombardo’s class here.)
Griffith, CCAD’s president since 1998 and a practicing artist, said the shared teaching experience provides fresh ideas for communicating fundamental skills courses, and noted that “this exchange of teaching and learning methodologies creates a splendid platform for cultural understanding and future collaborations. We are pleased and honored to have this new relationship of exchange programs with CAA.”
In addition to his leadership role at CCAD, Griffith currently serves on the boards of the Columbus Partnership, Experience Columbus and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the national accreditation body for art and design education in the U.S.
Alongside his administrative career he has maintained a vigorous commitment to his work as an artist. His paintings have been included in more than 90 solo and group exhibitions and are represented in many public and private collections. He is represented by Hammond Harkins Galleries in Columbus. www.ccad.digication.com/dennisonwgriffith.
“As our curriculum evolves to meet the changing needs of the international marketplace and global audience, this type of research will be invaluable for our faculty and our students,” said Julie Taggart, dean of the School of Studio Arts at CCAD. “Drawing mastery and the visual acumen gained through the act of drawing have defined CCAD’s core competencies for artists and designers. The comparison with the China Academy of Art will allow us to see the impact of drawing in a broader cultural context.”
In addition to the collaborative teaching effort, CCAD and the China Academy of Art have established a formal student exchange program that began in January 2012. Currently, two exchange students from CAA, Nuonan Ruan and Jin Dan, are enrolled in master’s level classes at CCAD.
Scroll down to read a letter from President Griffith about the collaboration.
Click here to visit the CAA site.
2011年春， 哥伦布艺术与设计学院院长丹尼森·格里菲斯（Dennison Griffith）一行在访问上海和杭州艺术院校时， 参观访问了和中国美术学院。 在和中国美术学院院长许江，副院长宋建明的会面交谈中，院长们强调了艺术基础教育于国际交流的重要性。 两校在此基础上于2011年秋季建立了交流关系。
中国 － 美国，来自地球两边的两所院校的教师，通过博客来介绍各自的课程结构和每周的授课大纲，并针对各自的具体教学内容交流各自的理念。每一课的学生作品的图片均上传到博客网上，供双方进行教学方法及成果评定。在俄亥俄州，哥伦布艺术与设计学院绘画教师乔·隆巴多（Joe Lombardo）执教的“人物造型与人体解剖”绘画课两个班的18名学生参加这个教学研究项目。
丹尼森•格里菲斯 (Dennison Griffith), 自1998年起任哥伦布艺术与设计学院的院长，本人也是专业画家。他认为教学交流可为基本技能和基础课程提供新的教学思路，并表示：“这次两校的教学大纲和教学方法的交流为建立彼此的文化理解和未来的交流合作创造了一个出色的平台。我们很高兴也很荣幸，通过交流项目与中国美术学院建立新的关系”。
除了担任哥伦布艺术与设计学院的领导工作以外，格里菲斯院长 还任哥伦布市合作计划 董事会会员、担任体验哥伦布计划和全美艺术与设计院校协会的理事。 全美艺术与设计院校协会是美国艺术及设计教育的全国性认证机构。
哥伦布艺术与设计学院和中国美术学院自2011年秋季正式设立了学生交流计划。2012年1月, CAA 已派首期交换学生来CCAD 交流， 目前两位中国美术学院的硕士研究生阮诺南（服装设计）和金丹（陶瓷艺术）正在哥伦布艺术与设计学院的硕士班学习。
哥伦布艺术与设计学院 (Columbus College of Art and Design) 建立于1879年， CCAD 坐落于美国俄亥俄州哥伦布市市中心，授予艺术及设计专业的学士和硕士学位。目前在校学生1,350人。具体了解哥伦布艺术与设计学院的课程设置，学院的校园美国地理位置及学院生活，请查阅CCAD 学院介绍
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In April of 2011 I had the privilege of visiting Hangzhou, and visited both of CAA’s campuses. I was very impressed with the quality of the facilities and with the quality of the student work I saw. This visit was arranged for me by one of your distinguished alumni: Leah Wong (Wang Lihua), who, I am happy to say, is a member of the Columbus College of Art & Design faculty.
Due to the efforts of Wang Lihua, I was accorded the honor of meeting both President Xu Jiang and Vice President Song Jianming. What kind and talented leaders they are! I was very impressed with their generosity, their openness to us, and the quality of their thinking and ideas.
It became quite evident to me that both China Academy of Art and Columbus College of Art & Design have very similar goals and face the same challenges and opportunities in art education, in the cultivation of creative and business skills in our students, and in making international connectivity a real and vital part of our work.
I am very happy that our two institutions have established this international exchange (we currently have two graduate students from CAA on our campus this semester) and look forward to future programmatic collaborations and exchanges. As one of the oldest art schools in America, this budding relationship establishes new ground for us, and we are excited about our future together!
Dennison W. Griffith
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