The Research Education Art and Design Lab at SDS
The work of this Research Lab is to enhance the learning opportunities of NYC public school students through the design of replicable curricular programs in art and design education. In support of this mission, the Lab will study current models of project-based education methods and practices and provide new tools and resources for use within the New York City public school system. The group is planning a workshop May/June 2010 open to an invited group of NYC public school educators and administrators to teach project based art and design skills and build a network of interested teachers who can participate in the work of the Lab.
The Lab is in the process of developing a number of long-term (2 years or longer) partnerships with a select group of schools to ensure that any work undertaken by a Lab in a school can be tested and evaluated.
Current research in the field of education identifies the study of art and design as an imperative in developing well-rounded students. Learning through the arts and design reinforces academic skills in reading, language arts, and math and gives young people the skills they need to observe, analyze and synthesize information, and to solve complex problems. Art and design studies are unique vehicles through which to understand and re-envision complex relations and structures. What resources can we provide to teachers and students to help them develop their critical thinking, creativity, discipline, perceptual and analytical skills needed to succeed in the global economy? The outcomes of this Lab will provide answers to these questions.
Jessica Corr is a product designer and full-time faculty in the School of Design Strategies
Alison Mears AIA LEED AP, is the Chair of Practice Led Research, School of Design Strategies and an architect.
Emily Moss is full-time faculty in the School of Design Strategies, and a practicing architect.
John Roach is Director of the Foundation Program and an interdisciplinary artist with an interest in sound.
Julia Gorton is a full-time faculty member in the School of Arts, Media and Technology teaching Graphic Design and is a children’s book illustrator.