High school teacher Gerry Davis took students in his Multimedia Creations classes to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) last week to view exhibits and see how artists apply the concepts they have been studying.
The exhibits viewed included Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Between Light and Shadow” and the “Everything Is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art & Music.” TMA docents Tom Isley (also a Village resident) and Michele Alexander provided instruction and placed the artwork in meaningful contexts.
The trip gave students – a mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors – a chance to see how artists specifically use multimedia.
“While it is labeled a technology class, the content focuses as much on the application of the tools in the creative process as the tools themselves,” Mr. Davis said. “The tools allow the students or the artists to create work that is art-based in design.”
During their visit, students also learned how certain artists used multimedia to build and encode messages in their work – a basic concept at the intersection of art and communication.
“We discussed a range of multimedia applications, from the use of music and natural sound to icons, line, movement, and color,” Mr. Davis added. “So the course content is about both tools and application. From that perspective, it could be viewed as a pure art class in the same way that video-production could be viewed as an English class.”