Art 450: Teaching Religious Art in UKirk Atlanta

This page and its subsections detail my experiences in my for-credit internship as a part of UKirk Atlanta, an Atlanta-based fellowship group which has a chapter that runs through Agnes Scott College. In this internship, I will facilitate the art history side (about 5-10 minutes) of bible study and conversations on larger societal issues based on art from cultures and religions all over the world. This will include a weekly lesson plan, in conjunction with Rev. Sarah Hooker and Drew Wilmesherr, exploring the interpretations of tenets such as morality, explaining how the representation of those interpretations have changed over time in art, and facilitating discussion on how this in turn has impacted society and us. These bible studies will culminate in a larger presentation, taught on April 24th at Decatur Presbyterian Church, just down the street from Agnes Scott College.

This page will serve as the home for each weekly lesson plan on pieces of art related to the weekly bible study, a continuous bibliography of sources for researching the art and the role of art in religion, and a final paper on the impact of art on spirituality.  Updates will take place every Monday.

Related Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate written communication skills (use appropriate sentence structure and vocabulary, organize ideas to support a position, identify a subject and formulate a thesis, document sources according to accepted professional style).
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills (compose thorough visual analyses, analyze works for medium and subject, analyze scholarly arguments, translate concepts across fields or mediums).
  • Demonstrate oral communication skills (organize an oral argument in logical sequence, use works of art effectively, give and receive constructive feedback during peer reviews and critiques, demonstrate professional demeanor, speak clearly in a well modulated tone, target communication for a specific audience, exhibit good listening skills).
  • Demonstrate process and practice skills (demonstrate knowledge of materials; integrate knowledge, practice, and application; take responsibility for direction of education; articulate areas of future development or inquiry).
  • Embrace experiential learning and take responsibility for education (attend events at the Dalton Gallery or other campus events; participate in activities off-campus with artists, galleries, museums, and other venues; connect with the larger art world regionally, nationally, and internationally; articulate paths for future development of individual research).