Instructionally Related Activities Funds Request Summary

Project SponsorAlison Perchuk
Activity TitleArt in Los Angeles
Activity/Event DateSept. 19–21, 2014
Date Funding Needed BySept. 22, 2014
Previously Funded?No
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Report submitted for previously Funded Activity?
Report submitted for previously Funded Activity
Academic Program or Center NameArt Program
Estimated total Course Fee revenue0
Amount Requested from IRA$920
Estimated Number of Students Participating160
Conditions and ConsiderationsField Trip
Brief Activity DescriptionOn two days in September 2014 (tentatively scheduled for Sept. 19, 20, or 21) I will lead students from ART 101, ART 110, ART 112 or ART 343 (tbd), and ART 330 on required field trips to Los Angeles. The destinations are as follows: ART 101 galleries at Bergamot Station/Culver City and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); ART 110 Getty Villa; ART 112 LACMA or ART 343 Getty Center; ART 330 LACMA. The destinations are chosen because of the alignment of the collections/exhibitions at those destinations with course content (e.g., ART 110 covers the ancient western world and the Getty Villa has one of the outstanding antiquities collections in the United States). The field trip is a required component because it is important that students experience relevant artworks "in the flesh" and not just as digital projections in the classroom or illustrations in books. The ability to interact with artworks in the field enables students to return to campus and to the classroom with a richer, experientially based understanding of the visual arts. It also permits them to engage critically and from a first-hand perspective with the conditions of institutional display. These are not professor-led walking tours; students hear me speak enough in the classroom! Instead, they are facilitated visits: students have specific assignments to complete but are otherwise free to explore the galleries and institutions as they see fit; I am available to chat with students on an informal basis in the galleries.

These field trips specifically support the first program learning outcome of the art program, that students will be able to demonstrate methods of critical analysis through the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of works of art. The ability to describe and critically assess subjective responses and objective reasoning in the interpretation of works of human creativity is a GE learning outcome (SP 06-06rev 6.2) and a course learning outcome for all of my courses. As part of accomplishing that outcome, during the field trip students select a course-relevant work of art of their choosing, which they then observe and photograph; this becomes the basis of an experience report (ART 101), formal analysis paper (ART 110, ART 112, ART 330, ART 343), phased researched essay (ART 112), and/or term research project (ART 330). Students in ART 330 further present the result of this research to their colleagues. All courses discuss the experience in class following the field trip.

Parking at LACMA is $10 per vehicle; parking at the Getty (Villa or Center) is $15 per vehicle. I encourage students to carpool, but the cost of parking and gas can still present a hardship to students. My request is for funding to reimburse students for parking expenses at LACMA and the Getty. I have submitted a request based on a maximum number of students, and assuming only half are able to carpool. In reality, I expect that the actual cost will be much lower, returning funding to the IRA pool for Spring 2014.
Learning Outcomes and Relation to IRA to Course OfferingsART 101: What is Art? Bergamot Station/Culver City galleries; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
ART 110: Prehistoric Art to the Middle Ages. Getty Villa (antiquities)
ART 112: Art of the Eastern World. LACMA (Asian art)*
ART 330: Critical Thinking in a Visual World. LACMA
ART 343: Medieval Art: Diversity, Faith and Power. Getty Center (medieval)*
*ART 112 or ART 343 TBD as fall offering.

The ability to describe and critically assess subjective responses and objective reasoning in the interpretation of works of human creativity is a GE learning outcome (SP 06-06rev 6.2) and a learning outcome for these courses. As part of accomplishing that outcome, during the field trip students select a relevant work of art of their choosing, which they then observe and photograph; this becomes the basis of an experience report (ART 101), formal analysis paper (ART 110, 112, 330, 343), phased researched essay (ART 112), and/or term research project (ART 330). Students in ART 330 present the result of their research to their colleagues. All classes reflect on the museum experience during the class following the field trip; in ART 101 and 330 this becomes the subject of extended class discussion, including related critical readings.

The field trips will be scheduled across two days in September 2014. On one day I will meet students at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa; on the other day, I will meet students at the galleries of Bergamot Station or Culver City, and at LACMA.
Description of Assessment ProcessThe primary marker of the success of the field trips will be the students' ability to effectively complete the related reports, papers, and projects; to reflect critically on the experience in writings and in conversations in the classroom; and to bring their experience to bear on discussions of works of art across the semester.

A secondary marker of the success of the field trip will be the comments, if any, included in SRTs. Prior SRT comments regarding field trips have been uniformly positive, with students saying such things as "The trip to the Getty Villa was really fun and enjoyable"; "I felt a little lonely in the beginning of the semester, but the field trip with a couple of classmates helped me make friends"; and "I liked ... the field trip to LACMA."

A third marker will be the rapport I build with students during these trips. Typically, it is a chance for me to reach out to and chat with many students in the relaxed setting of a public cultural institution, outside of the regular campus walls. I have found this is an excellent way, in particular, to reach out to quieter or less comfortable students.
Activity Budgetperchuk-1314-ira-travelbudget.xlsx (MS Excel)
CIA Budget
CIA Proposal
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Other Sources of FundingNone.
Target Audience/Student MarketingThe intended audience is students in ART 101, ART 110, ART 112/343, and ART 330; if all courses are full this is 160 students. The field trip is a required component of each of these classes, and funding will support students participation in these field trips. The dates and times of the field trips are included in the course syllabus and are posted to the course website on CI Learn. I discuss the field trip during the first class meeting. I also make it a discussion item about two weeks in advance, to enable students to organize themselves into carpools if desired; and then mention it at the start of every class leading up to the field trip.
Bring Benefit to CampusOne primary benefit will be the ability of students to succeed in their art history courses during Fall 2014, effectively completing the related assignments and in this process meeting the program, GE, and course learning outcomes discussed earlier.

A second primary benefit will be the ability to participate in a full class discussion of their individual and collective experiences of the institutions visited and the artworks encountered. This discussion includes critical reflection on museums as institutions and the ways in which they shape knowledge and perceptions of our culture and other cultures globally. The objective of these conversations, and the related critical readings (as applicable) is to equip students with tools with which to critically analyze other cultural institutions that they may encounter while at CI or throughout their lives.

Students are generally positive about their experiences; I also hope that a subsequent effect will be that they visit future museums with friends, colleagues, and family members.
Sustainabilityn/a
Program Chair/Directorluke.matjas
Academic Affairs AVPkaren.carey
AcknowledgementI acknowledge that I have reviewed and accepted the Conditions and Considerations herein. Please check off boxes as appropriate.

Program Chair/Director Approval

ApprovalI approve the IRA Funds Request described on this page
NameLuke Matjas
Date/Time2/26/2014 10:23:58 PM

Academic Affairs AVP Approval

ApprovalI approve the IRA Funds Request described on this page
NameKaren Carey
Date/Time2/27/2014 8:16:38 AM