Northern Illinois University

Foundations Department

My goal as an Instructor of Record for NIU-DeKalb Foundations department was to prepare students for further studies in the Department of Art through a diverse and rigorous application of skills and concepts while stressing perceptual explorations of 2D and 3D. Treating the classroom as studio, I presented a variety textural, tactile, and physical processes and materials relevant to all areas of emphasis. I believe it is important to encourage students to think beyond purely formal aspects of art making and, at an early stage, engage a broad thematic content and concept driven inquiry. The Foundations curriculum at NIU promotes and encourages strong critical thinking and problem solving skills through studio projects, independent research, and portfolio preparation.